12 Tips for Parenting Your Teenager

12 tips for parenting teenager - no title picby Janet Kontz, MA, LPC
My teenager just doesn’t listen to me! They’re always on their phone, texting or playing games. They sleep all the time. They never want to talk to me, and when they do, it’s so sarcastic! Help!

Does this sound familiar? We often hear from parents of teenagers that they find it difficult to connect with their kids when they reach the adolescent stage of life. Many parents feel that this is the most daunting time to be a parent. Helping your…

Empty Nest: Ambivalent Emotions

empty nest - no titleThis summer I watched a mommy bird build a nest in our back yard. Never before had I witnessed such a cycle of nature. This mommy bird was very nurturing and protective. Every day she sat on her little eggs with a watchful eye. When her babies hatched, she was faithful to care for them. She guarded them, she nourished them and she taught them. Then, as is God’s design, one day the nest was empty.

Empty Nest and Mixed Emotions

Like the mommy bird, as parents, we are nurturing and protective.…

Bridge to Wholeness | Volume 2 Issue 8 August 2015

August 2015 Newsletter HeadingWelcome to the August 2015 Issue of the Agape newsletter, Bridge to Wholeness!

Our monthly newsletter is the best way for you to keep up with what is going on around Agape, with events and updates, and articles written by our counselors. We hope it will help bring you a little bit closer to emotional, mental, and spiritual wholeness!

In this issue (click to read individual articles):

  • Adolescent Girls: The Transition from Childhood to Adulthood by Megan Jung, MA, LPC
  • Sensory
  • Adolescent Girls: The Transition from Childhood to Adulthood

    By Megan Jung, MA, LPC

    *note: this article has been edited for readability, for the original, scholarly article, click here: Jung Aug 2015 Original Article – Adolescent Girls

    “Olivia, get the lead out of your pants and get a purpose,” Granny often barked at her sixteen year-old granddaughter. My friend and I laughed about her grandmother’s nerve and willingness to say what many others would not. Adolescent girls are dramatic and numb, tragic and over-simplifiers,…

    Ch Ch Ch Changes

    by Darrell Provinse, MA, LPC, NCC, Director and CEO

    Change is inevitable. Life demands change. To not change is to be static, to be static is to be stagnant, and to stagnate is death. Life, by definition, is dynamic and requires that we adapt and grow. To adapt, is to fail in order to thrive. This does not mean that change is easy, or even that it is welcome. Most, if not all, of us have a drive for comfort, and change frequently pushes us out of our comfort zone. As the song says, “Every…

    Lisa Mottola Ernst, MSW, LCSW

    Lisa Mottola Ernst, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), has been working with children, teens and families for the past 17 years. She understands the need to empower the young and old to share their thoughts, feelings and fears in a safe space. In her calming presence, she works to address the behavioral and mental health concerns of the entire family system.

    Her clinical experience includes: pediatrics, children and young adult grief and loss, anticipatory…