CHC Expert Blog

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 ›

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 ›

What’s Your Why?

Written by Ramsey Khasho, PsyD

“There’s a great irony when we need help to actually help someone who is struggling with the same thing as us, and it is the most healing thing we can do.”

Simon Sinek, author and inspirational speaker

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Raising a Son with ADHD: One Mother’s Journey

CHC staff member Lauren Sims recounts her experience with raising a son who has ADHD—the challenges and the rewards—and offers advice for parents who may be just beginning their ADHD journey. Read more ›

Why Teletherapy (Still) Works

written by Liza Bennigson, Associate Director of Marketing and Communications

Eighteen long months ago, as surreal rumors of a shelter-in-place order for the Bay Area began to percolate, CHC immediately transitioned to a remote-first model of care for kids, teens and young adults.

Thanks to a HIPAA compliant healthcare platform on Zoom (not to mention nimble clinicians and clients), our nonprofit mental health agency could continue to deliver best-in-class support for learning differences and mental health during shelter-in-place, with the level of trust and expertise the community has counted on for nearly 70 years. Read more ›

Olympic Dreams

Written by Ramsey Khasho, PsyD

As the 32nd Summer Olympics came to a close, the TV aired hours of footage from the previous two weeks in Tokyo. The highlight reel featured medal-winning moments in every sport from badminton, beach volleyball and BMX freestyle to swimming, skateboarding and surfing. But it was something else that held my attention, something that has been in short supply over the past 18 months—publicly displayed, unmasked emotion. Wonder, gratitude, passion, determination, belief, bonafide hope. Read more ›

Ready or Not… Expert Advice for a Smooth Start to the School Year

written by Liza Bennigson, Associate Director of Marketing and Communications

The only thing certain about this school year is that no one knows what to expect. Parents, students and staff are feeling apprehensive about what the transition to full-time, on-campus learning will look like after over a year of fits and starts. We may be eager for our kids to jump right back into academics to make up for inevitable learning loss, but we also know that they first and foremost need to feel safe, secure and emotionally ready to learn. Read more ›

Feeling Forgetful? How the Pandemic May Have Messed With Our Memory

Written by Vivien Keil, Ph.D.; Consulting Neuropsychologist, PSY#22347

We have all learned a great deal in the last 18 months. These have been forced lessons at the hands of a global pandemic. We know much more than we ever wanted to about the effects of COVID-19 and the trauma surrounding chronic stress, grief, and loss. It’s no surprise that our weary hearts and minds wonder…what’s next? What should I expect so that I can be better informed and prepared, especially as a new school year approaches? Read more ›

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