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Meg F. Schneider, MA, LCSW
Meg received her MA in Counseling Psychology from Columbia University and MSW from Fordham University. She has worked with young people and adults struggling with substance abuse and trauma, connected with physical, emotional and sexual abuse. She has also spent many years at out-patient mental health clinics addressing the needs of clients with a broad range of other emotional issues.

Meg's approach includes psychodynamic (connecting the painful past with current problems), cognitive (helping clients reframe their negative beliefs about themselves and situations) and a solution focused therapy, at all times building on the unique strengths of each client. She is also a practitioner of Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR -- a technique designed to alleviate distress by safely accessing and reprocessing critical memories.

She is also the author of many books in the parenting, family living, self help genres for adults and adolescents including, Just A Little Too Thin!, Sex And the Single Parent,
Difficult Questions Kids Ask (And are Too Afraid to Ask )About Divorce, The Rewards Book , Help! my Teacher Hates Me!", Teen Rules, and

She is currently in private practice in Rhinebeck, New York.

Entries by Meg F. Schneider, MA, LCSW

Is My Boyfriend Sad or Mean?

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 5:49 PM

A young woman sat in my office with tears in her eyes. "My friends tell me my boyfriend is mean to me. I don't really think he is. It's more that he's just sad. He has lots of problems at home."

"Does he hurt your feelings?" I asked. "Does he...

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Am I the Only Virgin in College?

(0) Comments | Posted September 13, 2014 | 12:56 PM

I often hear this question, spoken with anguish, in my office. It's not the real question being asked, but it's the one that's easiest to pose. The short answer is "no."

I realize that all around you, young men and women are flirting with each other feverishly. But just...

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American "Idle" Judges: What Did You Expect?

(20) Comments | Posted April 11, 2011 | 2:49 PM

I don't know why the judges of American Idol were so shocked when Pia was voted off. I'm not clear why Jennifer Lopez said, "What is going on here?!" or why Randy started rubbing his bald head in stupification. Steven's remark about passion is well taken but what did his...

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For College Kids: How to Eat Alone in the Dining Hall

(9) Comments | Posted April 5, 2011 | 12:58 PM

So many depressed and lonely college students walk into my office describing the specter of eating alone in a campus dining hall as inspiring nothing short of anguish. Also bewilderment. How, they wonder could this problem even exist? There are after all, tons of kids and only a few dining...

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Why Kids Lose It at College

(71) Comments | Posted March 13, 2011 | 3:24 PM

The parade of depressed, anxious and depleted students who walk through my office is endless. They feel tricked, cheated, stupid, unattractive, socially inept, and almost all of them ask this question. "What is wrong with me? These were supposed to be the best years of my life."

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"Are You My Little Man?" No. He isn't.

(18) Comments | Posted January 25, 2011 | 9:40 PM

When dads move out children can feel very unsafe. This is so even if dad lives around the corner. But younger boys , especially those between the ages 5 and 10 often shoulder an additional not totally self-imposed problem. I call it the "Uh-Oh. Am I the head of the...

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Mom, What Are You Doing?: Caught Online Dating!

(2) Comments | Posted November 30, 2010 | 3:54 PM

It was a quiet Friday evening. My sixteen year old son was upstairs studying. My eleven year old was downstairs with friends watching TV. And I? The white wine was to my right, the Ugg slippers warmed my feet, and the faded flannel nightgown enveloped me like an old friend....

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Daughters Who Choose Mean Boyfriends: Are They Yearning for Daddy's Love?

(16) Comments | Posted November 15, 2010 | 8:47 AM

A good friend of mine recently revealed that as her father lay dying, she whispered in his ear "Thank you for leading me to Jimmy." Her dad had been a very loving man whose constant emotional support had given my friend a deep sense of self-worth and the belief that...

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An Intervention in Hollywood

(0) Comments | Posted October 2, 2010 | 2:08 PM

I don't know Lindsay Lohan, but I've worked with many young drug abusers and their well-meaning co-dependent families, and I believe one thing is true. The Hollywood and media industries need to come together and stage one big intervention before their not so well-meaning co-dependence with Lindsay ends in tragedy....

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Troubled by Your Weight? Keep It From Your Daughter

(3) Comments | Posted September 21, 2010 | 3:24 PM

Sometimes the most innocent comment, the one intended to support, or even simply be shrugged off, can contribute to a child's unhealthy body image or distorted ideas about eating.

Janet age 13, and her mother sat in my office both clearly stressed. Janet had been food restricting and had...

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Mom Has a New Boyfriend, and He's a Jerk

(1) Comments | Posted September 6, 2010 | 8:30 AM

A relaxed spontaneous love life is usually not the domain of a single parent. Nothing takes the fire out of a passionate goodnight kiss faster than the sudden appearance of a sleepy six year old asking for water. Few things feel more cringe-worthy than having a boyfriend walk in the...

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When It Comes to Our Kids, Is a Little Marijuana Okay?

(141) Comments | Posted August 19, 2010 | 12:00 PM

Adolescent use of marijuana has become almost as acceptable as staying out a little past curfew. Most agree the latter shouldn't happen, but it's understandable and -- as long as things don't get worse -- easy to address with a clock and threat of grounding. No big deal. Not so...

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