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Hi! I'm Dr. Caroline Buzanko

I am made up of many things. Psychologist. Mother. Actress. Public Speaker. Yoda of anxiety. ADHD Superhero. Changer of Lives. I work with children, teens, and their families to help them build better lives by maximizing confidence and forging their resilience. I also work with professionals and educators looking for training and approaches to work effectively with their clients. With over 20 years of experience, I know that maximizing confidence and resilience starts with fostering strong family connections, developing skills, and implementing effective, practical strategies to capitalize on strengths. My focus is on developing these skills for long-term success and positive well-being.

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Words and Resilience, Bullying, Entitlement, Burnout and more!

Hello Reader, It has been a while since I emailed out but wanted the dust to settle as we headed into 2024. I hope January has started fabulously an February is off to a great start! As always, I wanted to share the rundown of resources. I kicked off Journey of Resilience 2024 in January year and will have a full year of resources on boosting children's and teen's resilience. Here are all the resources from January: Articles and Blogs: Using Effective Corrective Feedback to Unlock Potential...

5 months ago • 1 min read

Hello Reader, Happy December! Hope you are doing well. ;) In case you missed anything, here is the rundown of articles and podcasts I have worked on over the past few weeks. I have focused a lot on the things we can do to boost children's resilience and support anxious children in helpful ways. Articles and Blogs: Rethinking Resilience: What Really Builds Resilience in Kids and Teens Family Dynamics and Resilience: The Crucial Role of Family Structure and Stability From Words to Resilience:...

7 months ago • 1 min read

Hello Reader, I can't believe we're into November already... where does the time go!? I wanted to drop a quick reminder that we are doing our monthly lunch n' learn in less than an hour (12 MDT). Today's topic: Fostering Cognitive Flexibility in Children. Register here (it's free!) if you haven't already - no worries if you can't make it - you can catch the replay! And, of course, here is the rundown of what happened in October. Overpowering Emotions Podcast: How do we manage separation...

8 months ago • 1 min read

Hello Reader, First, apologies for the email this morning if it didn't pertain to you - in my haste, I accidentally sent it to everyone! However, I did mean to email everyone for this month's roundup of podcast episodes. I Here's what happened in September: Overpowering Emotions Podcast: How do we manage school avoidance (Part 2) (Episode 101) How do we manage school avoidance (Part 3) (Episode 102) How do we rethink time for our well-being? (Episode 103) Parents of the Year Podcast: Using...

9 months ago • 1 min read

Hello Reader, We are quickly approaching Back to School so we are focusing our efforts to help families optimize their back-to-school success now, while also promoting their long-term well-being. Check out these podcasts and resources to help you on this journey: Managing Back to School Worries (Overpowering Emotions podcast): Equipping children for a smooth and confident transition. Comprehensive guide to conquering back-to-school anxiety How to Help Kids Transition Back to School...

11 months ago • 1 min read

Hello Reader, Check out the most recent episodes of Overpowering Emotions and Parents of the Year podcast! On Overpowering Emotions, I lay the foundation for understanding trauma and anxiety. Trauma is an event or experience that overwhelms an individual's ability to cope, leading to feelings of intense fear, helplessness, and horror. Anxiety, on the other hand, is an excessive and persistent worry and fear. While not everyone who experiences trauma develops an anxiety disorder, trauma can be...

about 1 year ago • 1 min read

Hello Reader, Check out this week's episodes of Overpowering Emotions and Parents of the Year podcasts! On Overpowering Emotions this week, I chat with the fabulous Dr. Tonia Winchester about how we can use Neurolinguistic programming (NLP) to heal old emotional pain and stories that keep us from being who we want to be, doing what we want to be doing, and having what we want to be having. Dr. Tonia talks about how she guides her clients through a "Breakthrough" process where they easily and...

about 1 year ago • 1 min read

Hello Reader, Check out this week's episodes of Overpowering Emotions and Parents of the Year! Because I am falling behind again, you get two doses... This week on Parents of the Year, Andrew and I start off all over the place but land on a topic that really gets us thinking: how important is it to teach our kids about the value of hard work and perseverance in a world where social media influencers seem to achieve overnight success? We're living in an age where new "celebrities" seem to pop...

about 1 year ago • 2 min read

Hello Reader, I was away at a conference last week and did not get the chance to send last week's episodes, so this is a bit longer of an email than usual, but I will try to keep the recaps shorter! On Overpowering emotions last week, I jumped into Part 2 of anxiety and Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) and the best way to support these kiddos. I discussed the importance of understanding the child or teen’s unique profile, including their sensory needs and communication style in creating...

about 1 year ago • 1 min read

Hello Reader, Check out this week's episodes of Overpowering Emotions and Parents of the Year podcasts! On Overpowering Emotions, I dive into the misunderstood world of Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) and its link to anxiety. In Part one today, I discuss the key characteristics of PDA, including the avoidance of demands, difficulties with social communication, and a need for control. PDA is often misunderstood. Unfortunately, without a clear understanding of PDA, children and teens may...

about 1 year ago • 1 min read
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