Anxiety

How To Help Kids When Big Emotions Happen

Supporting our kids as they learn emotional regulation   When little people are overwhelmed by big emotions, it’s our job to share our calm, not join their chaos.  – L. R. Knost    One of the tasks children and teens (even some adults) struggle the most with is emotional regulation.  When individuals are struggling with…

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Can Kids Do Teletherapy? Yes!

Teletherapy and Kids: Engagement and Relationships Close your eyes for just a second…  Ok, I suppose you can’t close them and read at the same time, but just go with me here. Pretend you’re a little one again. Life is REALLY different right now. School ended early for the year and the world just feels…

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COVID 19 and Grief in Kids

One of the unexpected impacts of the Covid-19 virus is the feeling of grief and loss.  When our students left their school in the middle of March, most of them were prepared to return at some point.  They didn’t know that would be the last day.   The last day to sit at their desks…

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Telehealth with Adults: The Ins and Outs

We are living in an unprecedented time. We are all trying to find some sense of normalcy. For some, this comes in the form of going for daily walks.  For therapists and therapy clients, this comes in the form of meeting virtually, or teletherapy. Truth be told, teletherapy is our best and safest option right…

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An introduction … sort of??

In my high school psychology class my teacher told us… That the average person(s) changes their job five times in their adult life. I remember thinking at the time that there was no way that would be me… I would know exactly what I would study in college and that would be the career I…

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From the Belly

My life has been filled with humor… some of it has hit the mark at times, but more often than not is has served me well. I love to laugh, but there have been situations in my 58 years that I have wondered if being funny and making jokes has been appropriate. Just like getting…

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Battling Loneliness:

Making friends in adulthood Connection is an extremely important part of mental health. Isolation can be a sign or symptom of mental illness, as well as a contributing factor. While in school, we are surrounded by a group of our peers, the majority of whom are actively seeking friendship and connection. What do we do…

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The Sunday Scaries:

How to manage workweek anxiety Monday. That word can bring up a feeling of dread and anxiety specifically related to starting your work week. The “Sunday Scaries” are a very real form of anxiety that can start on Sunday afternoon and evening, related to the beginning of the coming work week. So why do we…

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School Refusal

What is school refusal?   Anxiety in kids and teens can take the form of school refusal. School refusal is when a student simply refuses to go to school or fights so hard against going to school that it becomes a miserable battle each morning.   School refusal is different from truancy. Children who are…

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