We specialize in treating
bipolar, anxiety and
trauma and abuse,
Megan received her Masters in Social Work from the School of Social Service Administration at theUniversity of Chicago in 2009. She has worked as both an outpatient therapist and as a therapist within a Partial Hospitalization Program for children and adolescents. Megan is a Behavioral Health Technician with Doorways and works primarily with the OCD/Anxiety Intensive Outpatient Program.
I am originally from northeastern Ohio, but have called Las Vegas, Chicago and now Phoenix home.
Tell us about your family.
I live with my husband and our very spoiled puppy. We are close with both of our families of origin.
What's your favorite quote or saying?
One of my favorites is Rainer Maria Rilke's, "May what I do flow from me like a river, no forcing and no holding back, the way it is with children."
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Read novels of all genres, watch TV and movies, travel, run, make pies, and laugh.
If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would it be?
This is a hard one! There are so many interesting and inspiring people to chose from. I'd like to meet Anne Frank.
"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage."
- Anais Nin
"Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear."
- Ambrose Redmoon
"Take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something."
- Franklin D. Roosevelt
"There are only two options regarding commitment. You're either in or out. There's no such thing as a life in-between."
- Pat Riley
"In matters of principle, stand like a rock; in matters of taste, swim with the current."
- Thomas Jefferson
School has just barely started back up for the fall in the valley and many junior high and high school students are already stressed out. That's because they are afraid of or have already experiencing being bullied!
In fact, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, US Department of Health and Human Services, 37% of teens report being bullied at school. According to the National Education Association (NEA) almost 160,000 students in the United States miss school on any given day because they're scared of bullying.
The consequences of bullying can be detrimental if not tragic and include reduced self-esteem, depression, eating disorders and even suicide!
Unfortunately some parents don't realize that their child is being bullied until it's too late.
Bullying comes in many forms, according to Safe Teens AZ, a website created by the Maricopa County Attorney's Office.
"Bullying is not an argument or a one-time occurrence. Bullying is repeated attempts by the aggressor to use power and control to intimidate someone else. They may use one or more of the following tactics to bully another.
- Physical - hitting, punching, kicking
- Emotional - name calling, rumor spreading
- Psychological - premeditated acts to embarrass or harass others like faking an online Facebook account to gain access to someone and expose their personal information
- Cyber - Threats, harassment or humiliation aimed at a target using the internet, cell phone or other technology
- Sexual - Using sexuality or gender as a weapon to threaten, harass or tease"
Some signs that your teen might be being bullied:
- Unexplained physical symptoms such as headaches & stomach aches
- Withdrawing from family or other social interaction
- Doing poorly in school, when they were previously doing well
- Bruising, scratches, cuts or other marks on their bodies
- A loss in interest in activities they enjoyed
The good news is that there are some things that parents can do to prevent their teenager from being bullied.
- Believe it or not, teens still want their parents to talk to them. Ask your teens about their day and put everything down to listen to them.
- Teach your teenagers where to go to seek help for themselves or for others in case of bullying.
- Help them to find hobbies or other extracurricular activities that they enjoy and can get involved in.
If you know someone you suspect is being bullied, please don't hesitate to get involved. If there is anything we can do to help, please give us a call today.
Jan Hamilton, PMHNP-BC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
P.S. Doorways is hiring! If you know someone interested in working with our amazing team, please check out what opportunities we have available the Careers page on our website!
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