Negative stress on a child

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Negative stress on a child

Stress is bad for a child when we start seeing them struggling. This could be at school. This could be at home. But really, the biggest indicator is that your child is not being productive. You might see this in situations when they are coming home. They might be more tearful, they may be struggling with their sleep, or they may be fighting more with their friends and siblings, more than you would expect for your child. Stress is good as a motivator for your child, but when it becomes too much for your child and they are not as productive as they could be; that's when it's a bad thing. We see stress as being bad, when there is too little, or too much. Dysfunction happens on both ends of that spectrum. We want to make sure that your child is pushing through, so they are functioning at the optimal stress level; not when they have too much on their plate, or too little on their plate. When you do see your child struggling, like if they are having a hard time sleeping, or melting down at home, or you are getting frequent calls from the teacher at school. That's when you, as a parent, need to evaluate what's going on, what can be removed from the child, so they can be a healthy, successful child again.

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Rebecca Eberlin, PhD


I am a California state licensed psychologist, who specializes in providing evidence-based treatment and assessment to children, adults and families with a variety of emotional, behavioral and developmental challenges.

A proud Wolverine, I graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and Political Science. I then returned to California and completed my Doctoral training at Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, an APA accredited pre-doctoral internship at Sharp HealthCare, and a post-doctoral fellowship at the Children’s Health Council.

I relocated to Los Angeles in the summer of 2011 to conduct prevention-focused research at UCLA’s Semel Institute of Neuroscience and Human Behavior at the Global Center for Children and Families. During my time at UCLA, I became the lead psychologist and Director of Services and Operations at the UCLA Family Commons in Santa Monica.

Throughout the course of my career, my research and treatment interests have included working with children, adolescents and adults who struggle with behavioral and emotional challenges, such as depression, anxiety, impulse control disorders, developmental disabilities and other family-based issues. I also conduct parent education seminars that focus on a wide variety of issues including resiliency, stress, relationships, social media and friendship and bullying.

While my primary location is West Los Angeles, I also have offices in Northern California. If you are interested in obtaining coaching or cognitive testing services in the Bay Area, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Please please visit my website to learn more about me, my practice and how therapy can work for you.

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