Helping Kids, Families, Adults & LGBTQ with Care for Over 25 Years

Michelle Topal MSW, LCSW

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

In Honor of Gay Pride Weekend

For parents, children & adult children of parents...unconditional love & acceptance are what shape us & give us the confidence to see ourselves as capable & worthy....

"If the day ever came when we were able to accept ourselves and our children exactly as we are and they are, I believe we would have come to an understanding of what "good parenting" means." 

-Fred Rogers

Monday, September 6, 2010

It's All About Bonding

Recent studies support the importance of touch for increasing the confidence to do things that might otherwise cause ambivalence. It seems the imprint of a mother's attention and affection carries with it a lifelong benefit. Studies indicate, whether it is a reassuring touch by a supportive female or a telephone call with a person's mother, that the release of oxytocin helps to make us feel more at ease with the challenges of life.  So, if you want to help someone feel secure and to give them a boost of confidence, just give them a gentle reassuring touch on the shoulder.  It's just that simple!