Category: Family

Running for a cause: Team Erika’s Lighthouse

15 years ago, my family lost a close friend. Erika Neuckranz lost her life to adolescent depression at just 14 years old. Erika was like a 3rd sister to me, similar in age to my two older sisters. She was our next door neighbor in Chicago, and one of the brightest spirits I can remember.  […]

The First Ever “Beacon Award”

It’s been an incredible 15 years and we want to share with you Peggy Kubert’s, Director of Education, acceptance speech for “The Beacon Award,” which she gave at this year’s gala! I am honored and proud to have played a part in the shaping of Erika’s Lighthouse for the last 13 years.  Even before I […]

Mind”Phone”Ness- How Smartphones Impact Teen Mental Health and What Parents Can Do 

How many of you take your phone into the bathroom? Keep your head down as you walk through a store? Check your phone while you’re talking or “listening” to another person? Don’t pick up your head as you walk up or down the stairs? Ever find yourself talking on the phone while also madly searching […]

Early Decision, Regular Decision, Mental Health Decision: Teen Depression and the College Admissions Process

It’s May, the deadline when most universities ask students to confirm where they’re going to enroll for college for Fall 2019. As an adolescent psychotherapist, I hear all about the college admissions process and the stress that it puts on teens and their families. Some teens begin talking about these pressures as early as middle […]