Welcome to Dr. Kinsler’s Blog, “Ask the Doctor”. Here you will find helpful information on various topics from Dr. Kimberly Kinsler.
Discipline and Setting Limits with Children
A lot of parents contact us because of concerns for their child’s behavior. Sometimes, the behavioral concerns are so severe that children get dismissed from preschool or are suspended from school. At Kinsler Psychology, we look at the entire system-the child AND their environment. The first thing we want to rule out is any psychological disorders (e.g., ADHD, autism, bipolar). Children with psychological disorders require a more tailored approach, but require discipline nonetheless.
Many times parents lack sufficient tools in their discipline toolbox. Besides timeout, grounding, and removing electronics, there’s nothing in the toolbox! I teach a 3-level approach to help parents quickly identify whether the incident is no big deal, a problem, or a major infraction and then act accordingly. The ultimate goal is to teach your child to be a responsible adult, so be creative!
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Have you ever felt anxious? Anxiety disorders affect 18% of adults in the US and is the most common mental health concern. Anxiety can be debilitating and immobilize those who suffer… but anxiety disorders, both the cognitive and physical symptoms, are highly treatable. In treating anxiety, we approach it as being rooted in fear. Discover what you’re afraid of, learn how to cope with it, and live a life of freedom.
Building Better Relationships
Many people ask us how they can improve their relationships, especially in marriage and committed relationship. One of the first steps is to understand the needs of the other person. Of course there are some exceptions, but here is some helpful information to get you started. H. Wright identified a woman’s basic needs as affection, conversation, honesty & openness, financial support and family commitment. For the men, he identified sexual fulfillment, recreational companionship, an attractive spouse, domestic support and admiration. See yourself or your partner in any of these? If so, ask them what you can do to help meet this need and get started today!