The Fearful Flier By Dr. Daniel DaSilva

As the holidays approach, so do some of the busiest travel days of the year.  Many of us will be flying to visit friends and relatives and some just to get away for a break during a busy time of year.  Booking a trip is exciting, but what if the mere thought of flying causes…

Civility and Leadership, by Dr. Kenneth Freundlich

Last year I wrote about leadership and I lamented that leadership traits seemed to be lacking among too many of our political leaders.  I also noted that the presidential election featured two candidates with high unfavorability ratings and I questioned why a country that produced innovative companies such as Apple, Google and Facebook, could not…

“Can you Teach Empathy?” by Dr. Carly Orenstein

Can you teach empathy? I get this question a lot from friends, parents, and parents of patients. The answer is not that simple. Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. Some kids just seem to be born more empathetic than others. These kids are the ones who cry because someone…

The Process of Grieving, by Dr. Hayley Hirschmann

Over the years I have encountered many people suffering and struggling with grief and grieving in my work and in the greater community.  Historically, there has been conflicting information available about how “best” to do this, from cultural and scientific perspectives alike. For example, those in mourning may have heard, “cry, men shouldn’t cry, go…

Family Meetings: An Antidote to Stressors of Family Life? by Dr. Jayne Walco

School projects, soccer practice, music lessons, doctor appointments, two careers, childcare arrangements, carpools, meal preparation, chores, battles over screen-time…family life can be quite stressful. Finding time to connect has become increasingly challenging and instituting a weekly family meeting can help provide a remedy to this seeming chaos. There are numerous potential benefits of holding family…