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I was raised in a small town in Michigan. I was the middle child of 3 boys in a moderately dysfunctional family. I was fortunate to fall into the Hero role hat afforded me the very best that my family could provide. As a hero child, I was the first to go to college. College opened my eyes and my mind. College also turned out to be the bane of my family. To make along story short, at 38 years old and a new social worker, I learned of the dark secrets my family held. The more I reached out to help the family, the more the pushed me away until, I could not longer have contact with any family members. It's been nearly 30 years now. It's just better that way. As a result, I've focused my career on helping families, especially families with teenagers. I've always worked with teens, since I was 19 years-old I've worked with teens as a teacher, counselor, social worker and psychotherapist. I am still passionate about working with teens and their families, but am focused on working with large groups with multiple families in attendance. Part of my desire to accomplish on this website is to create a place for discussion of families, adolescents, their ever present angst. I want to share with parents of teens some of what the wisdom I've gained from 30 years of working with teenagers and their families. Please visit for awhile. Read some articles, make some comments or share a post with your friends or colleagues. I'm at your service.

5 Steps to Personal Responsibility

You don’t have personal responsibility for your teen’s life! They do. Their life is their life and it is up to them to create a life worth living. I know this sounds crazy and you are right, it would be crazy to let your teen make all of their own decisions. Or would it? How long do you want to be making …

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Anxiety and Depression

Do you know if your teen is having problems with anxiety and depression? Teens often go for months or even years concealing their true feelings. They don’t want you to think that they cannot handle their lives. Most parents don’t know what is going on in their teen’s world, much less what is going on with their mental health. It …

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Staying Connected with Your Teen

Are you staying connected with your teen? It is easier than you think. Staying connected with your teen means you can’t be their friend, but you can be there. Staying connected with your teen means being consistent in your decision making, holding them accountable and leading by example. The older I get, the more I value relationships. At 63 most of …

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Are You Talking with Your Teen about Sex?

Are you talking with your teen about sex? You know it’s important, but where do you start? You know your teen is talking about sex with their friends and if they are fortunate to have a grownup they can talk to about sex; they are talking with them, too.  In fact, you may be the only person your teen is …

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Beneath the Surface

Beneath the surface of the Erickson family lurked other secrets, secrets much darker and painful than I ever imagined. Then one Monday morning in 1988. I was preparing to go to my new job. It was my first day as Treatment Coordinator for a juvenile sex offender treatment program. That morning, the darkest secret imaginable surfaced. My mother called. Anxious and frantic told me …

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The Power of I AM

This page is dedicated to writings about the power of I AM. These are the two most powerful words that you can think or speak. In the Bible, these words are presented to Moses as the name of God. And God said unto Moses, I Am That I Am: and he said, thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, …

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Hassle Free Homework in 5 Easy Steps

Homework has been a front-line battleground in families since I was in elementary school. And this was when we needed to rub two sticks together to get the horse and buggy started. Homework was no fun then and it is no fun now. Today’s students have 2-4 hours of homework every night!!! This is not an exaggeration. If they were adults …

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Welcome to Imagination Beyond Limits

Welcomes  to Ray Erickson and Imagination Beyond Limits Home Page. Hello, my name is Ray Erickson and this is where I will be sharing my musings on life, love, family, teens, God and who know what else that creeps into my mind. I hope to enlighten, motivate, entertain and engage you directly in lively and animated discussions about family, friendship, loving, sharing, …

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“But we love each other.” Teenagers in Love – It’s the Real Thing!

“Mom, we’re teenagers in love! Why can’t we be together?” What do you say when your teen proclaims their heartfelt love for another? Most parents and adults dismiss adolescent love as trivial, transient and not worth taking seriously. This attitude about the love your son or daughter feels is a serious mistake. These feelings are anything but trivial to your teen. Let’s look at what’s …

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Individual and Family Consultation

Do you need to talk with someone about your life? Do you need another perspective in order to be clear on what you want to be and where you want to accomplish with your life? Is your family getting along with each other? Do you even see one another? Times are busy and everyone seems to be stressed out to the …

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EFT – Emotional Freedom Techniques

EFT – Emotional Freedom Techniques is an emerging treatment for nearly every malody known to man. EFT has been used successfully for the past 20 year, helping millions of people gain freedom from physical, emotional and mental pain. EFT has been found helpful with anxiety and depression. It is also being studied by the VA as having potential to help …

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Workshops and Trainings

Experience Ray up close and personal when you attend any of his workshops and trainings. Ray has been creating and presenting workshops for parents, teens, teachers as well as professionals who work with teenagers and their families. Watch for new opportunities to work with Ray directly.

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