Tuesday, June 23, 2020


You may be surprised to learn that in this time of unrest and pandemic, some teens and young adults are also suffering from eco-anxiety- a chronic fear of environmental doom. They have a fear of what is to come, and this uncertainty can heighten clinical anxiety. Consider asking your teen what their thoughts are about the future and the future of the world. You might be surprised as to the dystopian outlook that can make hope difficult for some young people. 

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Current Developmental Factors Affecting Youth

“The Origins of You” is a new book out on human development. In an interview with Psychology Today, the authors describe 4 developmental factors that are the most under appreciated in development. 1. Randomness, 2. Early Traits, 3 Historical Changes, 4. The Cost of Resilience. There are implications here for children and teens living through this current time.   
Article. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/articles/202004/what-makes-you-who-you-are   Book.  https://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674983458

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

What Happened to Time?

We think we now have time on our hands, but maybe we always did. A new book (The Clock Mirage, Our Myth of Measured Time by Joseph Mazur https://yalebooks.yale.edu/book/9780300229325/clock-mirage
explores time and its intersection with our human consciousness. Time and Clocks are man-made, but does a clock really measure time or fully encompass what time is. The author posits that time lives within us. What do I want for my birthday?  Time.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Mental Health/Substance Use-Online Therapy and Group

While sheltering in place, many of our mental health/substance use support systems are impacted. Fortunately, many organizations are creating online support meetings. Please visit my website at https://www.miltnerconsulting.com.com to learn about low-cost online therapy, online group support for depression/anxiety, substance use and co-dependency.  Stay well.

Friday, November 22, 2019

ADHD and Positivity

The Euphoria of ADHD. According to experts Dr. Hallowell and Dr. John Ratey, this is an area often overlooked as a real positive for the student with ADHD. The search for stimulation is not all bad. It can drive a person to create and build. Encouragement and Positive Praise are so important. A person with ADHD will thrive on recognition. Learn more here-  https://www.additudemag.com/webinar/recognition-responsive-euphoria-adhd/

Monday, October 21, 2019

Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) in adolescents is best treated with psychotherapy, social-skills training, vocational training, help with academics, and parent management training programs. Bootcamps do not work. Sometimes long-term residential placement is necessary to get the help needed. Especially if the adolescent has reached the point where multiple interventions have been tried without success.The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry has a helpful Guide for families of children with ODD.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Therapeutic Educational Consulting

If you are considering a therapeutic boarding school, please reach out to me, an Educational Consultant. I have been helping families for fifteen years, and the most heartbreaking times are when families have placed their own children without assistance and need to make a change because it wasn’t a good fit. What is right for one teen, may not be right for another. There are multiple variables to consider. Mistakes can be costly emotionally and financially. Educational Consultants may seem expensive, but I travel to visit programs (at my own cost), attend conferences, stay up to date with recent educational and therapeutic modalities. Considering the very expensive cost of residential therapeutic treatment, the consultant is a small portion of the expense to have peace of mind.


You may be surprised to learn that in this time of unrest and pandemic, some teens and young adults are also suffering from eco-anxiety- a ...