CHC Experts

Self-Care Summer

written by Liza Bennigson, Associate Director of Marketing and Communications

Remember when childhood summers looked like long, unscripted days of play with whichever neighborhood kids you happened to run into, riding bikes and climbing trees and not coming home until the street lights flickered on? If we were fortunate enough to go to camp, it probably entailed swimming, crafts and capture the flag, not STEM, VR and scratch coding. Read more ›

DBT-Informed Treatment and Comprehensive DBT: A Comparison

Written by Pardis Khosravi, PsyD, Clinical Director and Licensed Psychologist, CHC Clinical Services  and Patrice Crisostomo, PhD, Clinical Program Manager and Licensed Psychologist, CHC Clinical Services

Suicide rates among ages 10-24, while stable from 2000 to 2007, jumped nearly 60 percent by 2018, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. By 2019, 1 in 5 youths had contemplated attempting suicide. Read more ›

How to Talk With Teens About Mental Health

Between 2009 and 2019, the percentage of teens who reported having “persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness” rose from 26 percent to 37 percent and, in 2021, to 44 percent. Further, research shows that 1 in 5 youth in distress felt that they didn’t have someone they could turn to in a crisis. How can we let our teens know we’re here for them and protect them from significant mental health challenges? Read more ›

Parenting: Developing Self-Awareness

​We often talk about building self-awareness in our kids, but what about in ourselves, as parents and caregivers?

The better we understand our own complexities, the more wholeheartedly we can show up for our children. In fact, research shows that when a parent understands themselves better, the child has better overall life outcomes. Read more ›

CHC Recommends — Books About ADHD

Glen R. Elliott, PhD, MD gives regular presentations throughout the Bay Area on topics related to medication use for behavioral and psychiatric problems in children and adolescents.

Dr. Elliott recommends the following books for those who are seeking information and support for ADHD. Read more ›

How to Talk to Your Kids About the Situation in Ukraine

written by Liza Bennigson, Associate Director of Marketing and Communications

Last night, my daughter snuck upstairs to say (another) goodnight as I was curled up on the couch, watching the news. While I did manage to quickly hide my secret chocolate stash under a throw blanket, I didn’t pause the TV in time to prevent her from the jarring sight of families desperately fleeing a bombed out apartment building in Ukraine. She looked at me, panic-stricken. “Are we in a war?” she asked. She’s nine, and I didn’t know what to say. Read more ›

CHC Recommends — Books About Eating Disorders

Before board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Alexa Wilmarth came to CHC, she worked at a residential eating disorder treatment center for children and adolescents.

Alexa recommends the following books for those who are seeking information and support for disordered eating. Read more ›

A Father & Son Conversation: Growing Up with ADHD [video]

Hear from the perspective of a personal narrative what it “really” means to live with ADHD. Glen Elliott, PhD, MD, and his son, Mark Elliott, MD, psychiatrist, talk about their personal experience with ADHD and the different types of ADHD, ADHD symptoms, the connection between ADHD and executive functioning, treatment options and more. Read more ›

Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr./Honrando a Martin Luther King, Jr.


In a letter to the EBC community, Head of Esther B. Clark Schools Jody Miller, Ed.D., BCBA honors Martin Luther King, Jr.’s influence and contributions.
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The Best Present of All – CHC Experts’ Self-Care Strategies for the Holiday Season

The holidays can be a stressful time of year. These helpful tips from CHC experts will help you stay mentally healthy and present during the holiday season. Read more ›

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