Author Archives: Karen Fried PsyD MFT

About Karen Fried PsyD MFT

Karen is the co-founder and co-director of The K&M Center, an educational therapy center in Santa Monica, California.

Just for Now: Part II – Some Tips for Parents During COVID-19

1 “Just for Now” is a way to frame this for ourselves and our kids to make this time more manageable. We are experiencing all this stress, having to cancel most in-person activities that involve friends and extended family, and … Continue reading

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Just for Now: Virtual Use of the Oaklander Model in a Time of Crisis

We are all too aware that we find ourselves in an unprecedented global crisis due to COVID-19. As a child therapist who uses the Violet Oaklander Model of Gestalt Therapy with Children, I wish both to gather and to share … Continue reading

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Honey – We Won the Lottery – Part 2

  By Karen Fried, Psy.D.   “Mom, I got a great job that pays $150 to $200 per day!” I checked back in with my friend about her son Jeffrey to see how he was doing in college. She reported … Continue reading

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How can I get my Teenager to Focus on the Road?

By Karen Fried, co-director of the K&M center Below is a frequent question I get regarding teenage drivers who have weak attention and executive functioning skills: “Do you have any suggested reading or tips on teaching a kid with attention … Continue reading

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I Need to Talk about my Child’s ERB Scores

by Karen Fried, co-director of The K&M Center This is a common voice mail or email message that I receive, along with the following questions and answers: How do I Interpret the ERB Results? Students attending independent schools have been taking … Continue reading

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“Don’t Worry, I Know it Like the Back of My…Head”

by Karen Fried, co-director of The K&M Center These words, told to me by one of my students, were supposed to reassure me that despite my worry, he really was ready for his test. Instead, I thought, “Uh oh, he … Continue reading

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“Ok – The Train is Back on the Tracks!”

by Karen Fried, co-director of The K&M Center These were the words a former student, Emma, would tell me when she was ready to learn. Because Emma had weak attention, she often got distracted and missed out on directions given … Continue reading

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“You Don’t Know How to Parent!” or How James Learned to Share His iPad Time with Reading

by Karen Fried, co-director of The K&M Center “You don’t know how to parent!” – spoken like any frustrated 10 year-old. James lost his iPad privileges because his parents realized he had stopped reading because games like Flappy Bird, 2048, … Continue reading

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“Honey, we won the lottery! Oh, wait a minute…”

by Karen Fried, co-director of The K&M Center My dear friend said these words to her son, Jeffrey, and her husband when the school psychologist told them that Jeffrey was eligible to have college tuition paid for by the Department … Continue reading

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“Well, She’ll Never Be a Brain Surgeon”

by Karen Fried, co-director of The K&M Center I heard this recently from parents of a child who had recently been evaluated for her learning difficulties. They were told to expect little in terms of future career options for their … Continue reading

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