Author Archive: Jasmine Narayan, Psy.D

Dr. Narayan is a Licensed Psychologist and Co-Founder of Family Guiding. She specializes in child and adolescent psychotherapy, specifically issues related to aggressive/impulsive behavior, emotional regulation, ADHD, depression, anxiety and trauma. Dr. Narayan works closely with families to improve effective communication, build healthy connections and increase positive interactions. She draws on positive parenting techniques, parent-child interaction therapy, mindfulness and relaxation, and evidence-based interventions to support clients in their growth.

Dr. Narayan believes that creativity is critical to a child’s growth, and uses various art therapy techniques to not only engage the child, but help grow the parent-child bond. When working with clients, the emphasis is on improving the quality of the parent-child relationship and changing interaction patterns. Her experience, support and guidance can help parents reduce problematic behaviors and increase loving, peaceful and authentic connections with their children.

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Motherhood as a Mosaic of Experiences

A few months ago I came across a poignant post by author Emily Bingham on my Facebook feed. The direct and honest post was about why one should not ask a woman about her very personal plans…

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3 Ways to Increase Authentic Connection with Your Child

In the therapeutic setting, I help parents connect with their children in a way that fosters positive, peaceful, and present interactions – through the power of play!

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Back to School Guide

| August 31, 2015 | 0 Comments

There is no bigger change for so many families than the transition from August to September, from summer to fall, from vacation to back to school!

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Sugar Cane Memories

| November 1, 2013 | 8 Comments

My grandfather, Sukru Rahman, was a proud man. A presence. Tall and handsome. A distinguished member of the quaint town of Labasa in the Fiji Islands where he lived and provided for his family […]

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Lessons from a Hermit Crab

| September 1, 2013 | 3 Comments

I have found the biggest challenge in therapy is helping a client embrace change. Doing so in a hospital setting is even more difficult as it is a setting of perpetual transition–arriving at the hospital, adjusting to the new climate, facing the demons that brought you there, learning new behaviors, leaving and […]

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How to Create a Calming Corner For Your Child

| August 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

When you or your child are on the brink of a meltdown —or already there — its important to find that quiet place where life makes more sense. The happy place where your heart and mind can take a collective “aaaaaahhhhhhhh.” This compass will show you how:

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First Responder: Keeping Cool in the Heat of a Tantrum

| August 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

At my workplace, I am usually one of the first people called to attend to a crisis. I am a first responder or, as I like to refer to myself, an EMT: Emotional Meltdown Technician.

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Love Your Freedom, Not Your Chains

| July 1, 2013 | 1 Comment

Daenerys knowingly responds, “people learn to love their chains.” Tiny little goose bumps formed on my arms as I resonated with the deep wisdom in these simple words. People do learn to love their chains. I’m not talking about actual chains, like the shackles around the necks of the Yunkai slaves […]

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The Importance of a “Good” Bye

| June 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

No matter what the circumstances surrounding the ending, I have learned that having a “good” bye is an important part of the process. It can bring peace and closure as well as space for all that needs to be said, but somehow never was […]

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Graduating from Therapy

| June 1, 2013 | 1 Comment

Termination. This is the word that Psychologists’ use to describe the process of ending therapy. Termination. Whenever I hear that word, I have a mental picture of Donald Trump sitting in my office yelling, “You’re fired!” Not so therapeutic. So, I prefer to think of the end of therapy as a graduation […]

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Abundance is a State of Mind

| February 1, 2013 | 1 Comment

I used to function from a place of deprivation, like so many others, like maybe yourself. I used to live on “I’m-Not-Worthy Street.” Sure, I was a happy, positive person outwardly, but my internal dialogue was a bit of a mess.

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Talking to Your Children About Tragedy

| January 1, 2013 | 1 Comment

It is easy to think that a child does not know what is going on or is too young to care, but in my experience children are observant beings. They might overhear a conversation between you and a friend, or two teachers at school. Older children and teenagers are technologically savvy and have even more ways to learn about tragic events in the media.

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