Author Archive | Dr. Irene Swerdlow-Freed

Treatment of Children during Divorce

Divorce can be an emotionally traumatic experience that undermines children’s feelings of safety, security and stability. As psychologists who work with children that have experienced divorce we attempt to minimize its negative effects. We work directly with children to resolve their distress and improve their coping skills. Additionally, we assist parents to decrease the hostility […]

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Techniques for Dealing with an Ex-Spouse

Most parents hope their relationship with their former spouse will improve after the divorce is over so they can work together in matters involving their children. However, some divorced adults emerge from the divorce with lingering resentment which can interfere with the attitude needed to cooperatively co-parent. For these parents the arguing and acrimony that […]

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Surviving Adolescence

Our typical teenage patient arrives with a parent, slumps down in the chair and lets us know through their behavior that they are not happy to be in a psychologist’s office. The parents look embarrassed, angry, frustrated, and begin the session with a litany of daily arguments, hassles, et cetera. How do teenagers perfect that […]

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Strengthening Family Ties with Traditions

The “traditional” family is now only one of a variety of family structures that includes single parent families, two career families, biracial families, blended families with part-time and full-time stepchildren, homosexual couples, grandparents as parents, and households with parents of different religions or cultures. While family composition has been redefined, the basic needs of human […]

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