Happy Fall --- as you may know, this is my favorite season! I hope you are able to get out and enjoy some movement in this beautiful weather!

There is so much helpful content in this newsletter - all these years and no one ever told me how to carve a pumpkin to last longer and smell wonderful (scroll down to find this simple solution!)

Make today a great day!

Dr. Pam McCaskill

McCaskill Family Services Newsletter
Term: Fall Issue 34| October 28, 2022
A New Name for Exercise:
Exercise. We hear about its benefits all the time from doctors, therapists, friends, and research, but many of us struggle to heed this advice. It seems silly that we wouldn't want to be engaging in an activity that helps to improve our mood, mental clarity, increase our energy, boost our self-esteem, sleep better, reduce stress, and make us physically healthier. The benefits to exercise seem endless, but it's not always easy to get off the couch and to the gym, or find the time (or warmth) to head outside.

The good news? You don't have to go to the gym and lift strenuous weights in order to reap the mental health benefits of exercise. Even better news? All you need is 20-30 minutes a day for optimal results. Instead of using the word "exercise" (which is a very loaded term) try using words such as "purposeful movement" or "life-enhancing movement" to change your mindset and open up new possibilities for health benefits. This can include simple and fun activities like pumpkin picking, walking the dog, hiking, or taking a yoga class. MFS therapist Jordan Sieja sheds some light on why movement is so important for mental health, and a few ideas on how to make it happen!
At McCaskill Family Services, we specialize in working with children and adults who are struggling with all kinds of presenting mental health issues. If your family or someone you know could benefit from our services, please contact us. Our clinicians are trained and experienced in empirically-based techniques, and would be happy to promptly schedule an appointment in person or via tele-health. We can be reached by phone at 734-416-9098 or by email at [email protected].
October Is Dyslexia Awareness Month
Dyslexia Evaluations
Dyslexia affects about 20 % of the population, and often goes undiagnosed in younger children and gifted individuals.
At MFS we specialize in comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations that can identify patterns of Dyslexia in both young children and those with comorbid disorders such as ADHD, other learning disabilities, anxiety etc. We are here to help provide you with clarity and support, while getting you started on the road to successful intervention.
We love this article from the Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity that breaks down early warning signs of Dyslexia by age and developmental stages.
MFS in the Community
We've been a part of a lot of great things in our community recently!
Get to Know Our Staff
Staff Spotlight
Jordan earned her master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Michigan University. Prior to working at McCaskill Family Services, Jordan worked at the University of Michigan’s Counseling and Psychological Services providing individual and group psychotherapy to college students. She also worked for Michigan Medicine conducting neuropsychological testing with a wide range of patients across the lifespan. Jordan utilizes an integrative treatment style, incorporating evidence-based approaches from Interpersonal Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Mindfulness-based interventions to create an individualized treatment plan that best suits each client’s goals and needs.

She works with concerns related to anxiety, depression, self-esteem, trauma, interpersonal conflicts, and general life stressors. Jordan emphasizes trust and autonomy in her treatment approach, empowering each client to confidently be the best version of themselves.

Outside of work, Jordan enjoys cooking, traveling, music, being outdoors, relaxing, moving her body, seeing friends and family, and dogs (of all kinds, of course).
Pumpkin Carving Tips
  1. Cut the bottom of your pumpkin instead of the top! Keeping the stem in place reduces rotting.
  2. Use a hand mixer to loosen up seeds of the pumpkin to quickly clean out the inside.
  3. Use a dry erasable marker to draw out your face/design before carving.
  4. Don't feel like using a sharp tool to cut? Use a soft headed mallet and various cookie cutters to create your design.
  5. Rub Vaseline on all the open cut surfaces to help your pumpkin last for up to 2 weeks!
  6. Sprinkle cinnamon on the inside of your pumpkin for a fall scent.
FREE In-Person Parenting Seminar
Join Dr. Pam McCaskill for a free in-person parenting seminar at Brighton High School! With over 25 years of expertise in the field of treating adolescent and supporting parents, this is a presentation not to be missed!
Can't make the presentation in person? Click the Zoom link below to attend virtually.
Newsletter Editor's Notes
Motivation Vs. Discipline

You often hear people say one of two things, "I don't have any motivation today" or "I am so motivated to get things done today!" Never does anyone mention having a "middle" amount of motivation. When we feel motivated, the dopamine neurotransmitter in our brain is at it's most optimal (think a sunny, warm day filled with fun things vs. a dark, dreary mundane day). But with how quickly and easily our brain chemistry changes, motivation becomes a fleeting concept. It never has a constant presence. How often do you ACTUALLY feel motivated to do something? Especially something you don't want to do? It's rare, and if it does occur, it usually doesn't last long.

This is where the concept of discipline comes in. Discipline is the practice of training yourself to engage in behaviors that align with your values or needs. It does not rely on any neurotransmitters, environmental supports, or the weather. It happens in the prefrontal cortex of our brains, the area responsible for problem solving, revealing that at its core, discipline is a decision making and problem-solving process.

Welcome. I'm Jaclyn, a masters level clinician at McCaskill Family Services who specializes in the treatment of OCD, anxiety, self-harm, and eating disorders for all ages. I co-run the McCaskill Family Services DBT groups for teens and specialize in psychological assessment. I am also our monthly newsletter editor and social media manager!

I'd like to personally thank you for staying in touch with our practice, and hope you find this newsletter inspirational and informative. If you or someone you know would like to schedule an appointment with me, please contact our office at 734-416-9098 or email us at [email protected]. I look forward to working with you!