Finsta: Here’s What Parents Need to Know

Finsta: Everything That Parents Need to Know - Paradigm San Francisco

If you have a teenager, you probably know a little bit about Instagram just from watching and talking to them, even if you don’t use it yourself. The photo-sharing app is popular among teens because of the many filters and features that allow them to present an individually-curated and highly selective window into their lives. Read More

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Here’s How to Become a Mindful Parent

Here’s How to Become a Mindful Parent - Paradigm San Francisco

A mindful parent is the practice of being present in the moment and thinking before you react. That can be especially hard when you’re parenting. It’s not that you ever want to react irrationally or out of anger. But you’re dealing with a lot every day, and children have a way of pushing your hot buttons in a way that no one else can. When your toddler spills a drink all over the floor that you’ve just finished mopping, when your elementary schooler just won’t stop teasing their younger sibling even though you’ve asked them to stop one hundred times, or when your teenager comes home hours after curfew when you’ve spent those hours walking the floor and worrying, it’s easy to snap. It’s even easier when you add in the stress of work, the demands of other family members, and your own thoughts and worries about finances or your health or world events. Read More

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What to Do If You Have a Rebellious Teen

What to Do If You Have a Rebellious Teen - Paradigm San Francisco

Parenting a rebellious teen can be incredibly frustrating. You’re stuck dealing with the fallout from their behavior, and you may end up receiving criticism and condemnation from people within your own support system who blame you for your teen’s behavior. You may also feel responsible. The negative impacts that your teen’s behavior has on your own life can make it even harder for you to effectively handle your teen’s behavior, which can result in escalation on their end. How can you turn things around? Take a look at some strategies for dealing with a rebellious teenager. Read More

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Tips for Dealing with a Lying Teen

Tips for Dealing With a Lying Teen - Paradigm San Francisco

If you are the parent of a teen, you have likely had at least a few experiences where your child has lied to you at some point. All humans lie at times, and teenagers are prone to lying for various reasons. The good news is that telling untruths does not make someone a bad person or doomed to a life of crime. In fact, a lying teen can be developmentally appropriate during their adolescence even when it is frustrating and, in some cases, unsafe. If you have caught your teen in a lie, here are some ways to deal with the situation. Read More

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Reactive Attachment Disorder: Causes and Symptoms

Reactive Attachment Disorder: Causes and Symptoms - Paradigm SF

Children between the ages of 9 months and 5 years that were subjected to neglect or abuse as an infant or toddler may suffer from reactive attachment disorder, commonly abbreviated as RAD. This is most common in children that live in an orphanage, are constantly exposed to different foster homes, or live with parents that have severe mental health issues or criminal behavior. Read More

Dr. Nalin is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, and Founder and Executive Director of Paradigm Treatment Centers, who has been a respected leader in the field of adolescent mental health for more than 20 years. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California, his Master’s degree from Loyola Marymount University, his Doctoral degree from Pacific University’s APA approved Clinical Psychology program, and completed his training at the University of California, San Diego’s APA approved psychology internship program.

Dr. Nalin has provided training and mentoring to students entering the field of psychology at institutions of learning including Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology, UCSD, Pacific University, and Santa Monica College. He was also instrumental in the development of the treatment component of Los Angeles County’s first Juvenile Drug Court, which now serves as a national model.

Dr. Nalin has appeared as an expert on shows ranging from CBS News and Larry King, to CNN, The Today Show and MTV. He was also featured in an Anti-Drug Campaign for the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP).

Dr. Nalin is a Diplomate of the National Institute of Sports Professionals and a Certified Sports Psychologist as well as a Certified Chemical Dependency Intervention Specialist. He lectures and conducts workshops nationally on the issues of teen mental health, substance abuse prevention, and innovative adolescence treatment.

In 2017 Dr. Nalin was awarded The Sigmund Freud Foundation and Sigmund Freud University’s Distinguished Achievement Award in recognition of his work with youth in the field of mental health over the course of his career.