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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