Equine Assisted Therapy: A Unique and Effective Intervention

There is increasing recognition and integration of Equine Assisted Therapy in the traditional mental health field. Growing evidence supports the effectiveness of treatment with horses in a therapeutic environment. Studies have resulted in a body of literature supporting the therapeutic value of the human-animal interaction. Equine Assisted Therapy can help adults and children with depression, anxiety, ADHD, conduct disorders, addiction, trauma, eating disorders, spectrum and… Read more »


Divorce and Anxiety in Children and Teens

Divorce can be a significant life stressor for children and teens that can trigger anxiety in multiple ways. Children are resilient and the research indicates that most children of divorce fare well. Nevertheless, even healthy, typical divorces can lend themselves to heightened anxiety because of the a major life transition. Moving homes, changing schools, shuttling… Read more »


January Is Divorce Month: Positive Tools To Navigate Divorce With Your Children

January has been tagged as ‘Divorce Month’ in the United States and the United Kingdom, and parents are looking for tools to navigate divorce in healthy ways. Every January, there is an unusually high volume of calls to family attorneys inquiring into divorce proceedings after the holidays. The divorce statistics remain high, with approximately over… Read more »


Tips For Keeping The Holidays Peaceful For The Kids

Keeping the holidays peaceful and joyful for the kids is critical given the multiple stressors parents experience at this time. Travel plans, family get-togethers, finances and budgets, children being home from school, meal planning, and differences in cultural, spiritual, and religious celebratory practices can trigger significant conflicts. Hence, as the holidays approach, it is important… Read more »


Child-Centered Divorce Network Praises ‘Family Changes’ Book

Image by Precious Little One The founder of the Child-Centered Divorce Network, Rosalind Sedacca, praises Family Changes: Explaining Divorce To Children, as an “outstanding book“. Ms. Sedacca states: “Family Changes: Explaining Divorce to Children is a new book written by Azmaira Maker, Ph.D. As founder of the Child-Centered Divorce Network, I am often sent new books… Read more »


January is ‘Divorce Month’: Tips To Protect Your Kids.

January has been tagged as ‘Divorce Month‘ in both the U.S. and the U.K., given the unusually high number of calls to attorneys and therapists during this month. The Huffington Post, The Guardian, and the Independent hypothesize that the stressors of the holidays, travel, family time, and financial tensions create significant conflict between partners, which could lead to… Read more »


Tips and Tools To Keep The Holidays Joyful For The Kids.

As the holidays approach, it is important for parents (married or divorced) to be mindful of the multiple accompanying stressors, and the need to keep the holidays joyful and peaceful for the kids. This article provides tips and tools to help parents minimize conflicts in the hopes of allowing kids to be kids in a… Read more »


Protecting Children from Divorce Tug-of-Wars: Ten Golden Rules

Tips for protecting children from divorce tug-of-wars. Approximately 40-50% of couples end up in divorce in the United States (CDC; Washington Post, 2014), and approximately 1.5 million children are affected by divorce each year (Scientific American, 2013). Research has demonstrated that divorce can contribute to significant consequences in children, including anger, depression, anxiety, school and… Read more »


Separation-Anxiety and Divorce: Dr. Maker Reviews A Helpful Book

Separation-anxiety and divorce in young children is not uncommon, as a stressful life changing event can trigger anxiety and worries in children. I have reviewed a helpful children’s book, The Kissing Hand, on Littlest Bookshelf that could serve as an effective tool for adults to use with children struggling with separation anxiety during and after a… Read more »


Dr. Maker Reviews a Helpful Book on Step-Children on Littlest Bookshelf

I recently reviewed a new and helpful book by Erin Mantz, titled Hey, Who’s In My House? Stepkids Speak Out. This book addresses the myriad of struggles and hopes step-children may experience during their parents’ journey through new marriages and blended families. Although divorce is a complicated process for both adults and children, creating a collaborative… Read more »