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By: Dr. Jeremy Fink, LCSW Psy.D.  |  June, 6, 2018

When a school shooting occurs, as with all tragedies, there is a ripple effect, impacting the victims and the communities directly involved first, and then spreading out on a national level impacting us all. These horrific events challenge both parents and non parents, they are the stuff of nightmares.

However, the likelihood of a child being shot at school is extremely low. A child is more likely to be killed or injured from...READ MORE

Mother's Little Helper

By: Dr. Jeremy Fink, LCSW Psy.D.  |  March, 1, 2018

The tranquilizers and psychological drugs that were overprescribed to middle class housewives of the post-war era were tools to help them cope with their feelings about living lives limited to taking care of home and family and the derogatory view society held about them. And, it's all happening again.

The Rolling Stones 1966 song, "Mother's Little Helper" was about a drug called...READ MORE

Talking to your Children about School Shootings and Other Tragedies

By: Dr. Jeremy Fink, LCSW Psy.D.  |  February,15, 2018

The attack that killed 17 people at a Parkland, Florida high school is the 8th shooting that has occurred at a U.S.. school in the past 7 weeks. I am deeply saddened by this, and my heart goes out to the family and friends of those directly affected by these tragedies. As someone who works with children, I am aware that it's impossible to shelter your children from the knowledge of these horrible events, and I know that many parents...READ MORE


By: Dr. Jeremy Fink, LCSW Psy.D.  |  January, 25th, 2018

When there is mental illness there is almost always a poor diet. These are problems that go hand in hand, and poor nutrion is frequently overlooked by medical and mental health professionals alike. This is likely due to the fact that MD's and mental health professionals recieve very little training in the area of nutrition. 

The divide between medical, psychological, and dietary needs seems greater than ever in our modern society and are veiwed as separate entities....READ MORE

How Exposure to Violence Impacts the Mental Health of Children.

By: Dr. Jeremy Fink, LCSW Psy.D.  |  December, 8th, 2017

On December 7th, William Atchison walked into Aztec High School armed with a handgun and opened fire killing two students. This is the latest incident of violence occurring in or around a school that has become a modern trend of mass violence in America. The students at Aztec High, friends and family of those directly affected, and the first responders will likely experience emotional stress and psychological shock from the horrors of this event.  But what about the rest of us? What about our children?...READ MORE

Children and Exposure to Internet Pornography

By: Dr. Jeremy Fink, LCSW Psy.D.  |  November,15 2017

The number of children brought into my office because of the discovery, by their parents, that they have a pornography viewing habit has increased lately. Mostly males, aged 9-13, are dragged into my office, head down in shame, to discuss as a family or with me individually, about why they have been looking at such material.

Pornography is not suitable for children. But, most of us...READ MORE.


By: Dr. Jeremy Fink, LCSW Psy.D.  |  July, 21st, 2017

Recent statistics about why people break up suggest that distance, cheating, and loss of interest are the most likely reasons for a relationship ending, whereas parental or friend disapproval is cited at just at 3.5%, the least likely reason*.


Does this indicate that, in general, one’s family and friends are not that interested or aware of their loved one’s relationships? Or, is it that...READ MORE


By: Dr. Jeremy Fink, LCSW, Psy.D.  |  June, 19th, 2017

Sleep is essential for good health; however, we know very little about it. We spend a third of our lives sleeping, there isn’t a single activity that humans do more of, yet we don’t fully understand its purpose. There is no “normal” amount of sleep, one person’s 9 hours may be equivalent to another’s 6. Whatever amount of sleep one needs, it is estimated that as much as 50% of people aren’t getting enough of it...READ MORE


By: Dr. Jeremy Fink, LCSW, Psy.D.  |  May, 17th, 2017

You have heard of psychotherapy before. You know what it is, and it is likely that you or someone you know has attended a psychotherapy session. You may have taken a psychology 101 class in college, seen a television show about psychotherapy, or read about it in a magazine. You also may be searching the web and getting referrals from friends, searching for a psychotherapist who can help you or a family member...READ MORE


By: Dr. Jeremy Fink, LCSW, Psy.D.  |  April, 16th, 2017

This statue stands at a local park in Malibu. Those of you who are residents likely know exactly where it stands. The kids love it. My daughter likes to climb the feet, while it functions as safe for the older children who are playing tag. 

The question that often arises amongst the tribes of children that visit: what is it?

Obviously it's a hammer. But....READ MORE

By: Dr. Jeremy Fink, LCSW, Psy.D.  |  March, 7th, 2017

Malibu, CA Family TherapistPlaying with my daughter at the park here in Malibu an older boy, 3-years old, pushed her off the slide. “No!” Yelled the child’s mother. “You’re getting a timeout!” I was down on my knees attending to my daughter when a looming figure swooped overhead and grabbed the boy by the wrist. “Sorry, my son has ADD,” the mother explained....READ MORE


Malibu, CA Divorce Counseling

Finalizing Your Divorce And Its Effect On Your Children
By: Dr. Jeremy Fink, LCSW, Psy.D.  |  February, 18th, 2017

The divorce is not yet finalized. One of you is living in the house and the other is renting something large enough for the children. What you’ve been through during the past few months, past few years, has been devastating. It’s impossible not to be preoccupied, but also there is some relief in the finality of your decision. You’re no longer frightened and confused by the threat of losing the security of your relationship, you’ve developed acceptance. The hurt and overwhelmed has certainly dissipated and you’re beginning to move on; however you worry... READ MORE


By: Dr. Jeremy Fink, LCSW, Psy.D.  |  January, 31st, 2017

Most children who go to psychotherapy in the age range of between 2 and 7 years-old generally are doing some form of play therapy. There is a great misconception by parents and even some in the mental health field that it’s just playing. Once a parent compared their child’s play therapy sessions to...READ MORE