Protecting a Special Marriage

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In the world of special needs, there are  a great amount of statistics flying around, and one of the most shocking numbers is that an estimated 80-90 percent of marriages involving special needs children end in divorce. Rachel Bernstein, a licensed marriage and family therapist from California, gives parents of special needs kids some advice to avoid becoming a part … Read More

Your Daughter’s Body Image

Rachel BernsteinArticles, Family

Child Therapy Encino

What to do when your tween or teen girl doesn’t like what she sees in the mirror. Our girls are up against some fearsome foes. Images of beauty are everywhere, and the brainwashing begins at a very young age. Media, fashion trends, culture, heritage, friends, family and even religious beliefs set and reset our and our daughters’ standards of beauty. … Read More

Your Partner Is Your Political Polar Opposite. Now What?

Rachel BernsteinFamily

The California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists Advises Couples on How to Preserve Their Relationships When Discussing Politics SAN DIEGO, Oct. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — As Election Day nears, many people find themselves engaging in serious and often heated political conversations. Politics can highlight core differences or similarities in values and characters, but sometimes the cost of discussing these beliefs can unintentionally shake up … Read More

Dealing with Divorce

Rachel BernsteinArticles, Couples, Family, Marriage

How divorcing parents can help their children during this difficult time. Have you ever dreaded a moment so much that you delay it, find every excuse not to have it, and hoped you could hire someone else to do it? That is how the parents I talk to in my practice often portray the moment when they have had to … Read More

May Mommy Mental Wellness Month: Supermoms Take Time for YOU This Mother’s Day

Rachel BernsteinFamily

The California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists Offers Three Tips to Achieve Mommy Mental Wellness PR Newswire SAN DIEGO, May 8, 2012 SAN DIEGO, May 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — In honor of Mother’s Day and Mental Health Awareness Month, it is a great time of year for moms across California to reflect and assess what they need emotionally. The California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists … Read More

Sibling Rivalry

Rachel BernsteinArticles, Family, Siblings

Family Therapy | Sibling Rivalry

Tips on dealing with new siblings. You all know the family. The one in which the siblings seem to magically get along, support each other, work well together, and talk through difficult moments with little to no yelling, or homicidal threats. You also know there is a reason you probably only know one family like this. It is a rarity. … Read More

Baby Steps to a Happy Mom

Rachel BernsteinFamily, Parenting

Finding the ‘joy’ in your ‘bundle of joy’. Spring BABY 2011 Published: 08/30/2011 by Carolyn Graham I still remember that display at Babies ‘R’ Us. It marked the location where I kicked off a series of new-mom meltdowns. This one wasn’t a stark-raving-maniac, tear-through-the-aisles insane kind of event. But, as I stared at 14 different strollers, trying to decide whether … Read More