Emotions

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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Emotional Acceptance

Here are three steps to accept our children’s emotions so they can be expressed in a healthy manner: Take a deep breath and remain calm (joining their big emotions will escalate the situation) Hold firmly to your boundary, position or limit (this isn’t about being permissive or giving in) Let their feelings be and acknowledge…

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Bullying: How to Help Your Child

October is Bullying Prevention Month. Bullying touches the lives of many young people and it can take many forms including physical, mental/emotion, and cyberbullying. While there are many ways we as adults can support bullying prevention, we can also teach children to help themselves when faced with bullying. Teach Empathy. “Hurt people” hurt people. Children…

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Facing Change & Transitions

Change is a part of life, but it can make us feel so uncomfortable until things are “resolved”. Here are some tips to overcome typical struggles in facing life transitions. Accept the Change We often spend a lot of mental energy fighting the change or not even acknowledging that life is changing. We try to…

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