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Helping Kids Develop Self-Esteem

Helping Kids Develop Self-Esteem

  Self esteem is how we perceive ourselves and how we believe others feel about us. For children, a large part of that comes from what their parent or caregiver tells them about themselves and the feedback they receive.   Children begin building self-esteem...

What to Expect From Play Therapy

What to Expect From Play Therapy

When your child needs play therapy, you may be wondering what to expect. Perhaps you were told about play therapy by a friend, a teacher or a pediatrician. You love your child and want to help them but you’re not sure what play does and how it will help your child. We...

Why Your Kids Aren’t Manipulating You

Why Your Kids Aren’t Manipulating You

It’s fair to say that one of the most common phrases I hear from parents is “my child is so manipulative”. This seems to be a common myth about children. Although your child’s behaviors may appear manipulative, I’d like to share an alternative explanation.   Kids...

Why Play Therapy?

Why Play Therapy?

Children are naturally going to play. It is how they are wired. It’s how they make sense of their world. It’s how they experiment, problem solve, interact, socialize, and express their needs. So let’s look at how we take the natural language of children and view it...

How Do I Know If My Child Needs Counseling?

How Do I Know If My Child Needs Counseling?

One of the most common questions I am asked as a child counselor is, how do I know if my child needs therapy? As a parent, you have your child’s best interests at heart. You want them to grow up to be happy and healthy. Sometimes our children struggle in ways that we...

Why Is My Child So Angry?

Why Is My Child So Angry?

I get this question frequently from parents. It’s described in a variety of ways and may look like meltdowns, tantrums, and just overall disobedience. As a parent it feels overwhelming and in response you may find yourself responding with threats, time outs, and...

What is Play Therapy?

What is Play Therapy?

When we think of counseling, we often think of talk therapy. But kids are different. They need to process their emotions in a way that makes sense. If you’ve ever tried talking with your child and asking them why they did something, you may have received answers like...

Helping Your Child Manage Anxiety

Helping Your Child Manage Anxiety

Anxiety. It’s now the number one reason that parents seek therapy for their children and teens. Families are often surprised to find out that the “what” of anxious children doesn’t matter as much as the “how”. So what is anxiety? It’s a process in which our body...

Keeping Calm: Parenting Tips for Challenging Behavior

Keeping Calm: Parenting Tips for Challenging Behavior

You know you’re about to lose your top. You can feel the familiar sensations: tightness in your chest, muscles tensing up, and voices start to get louder and louder. You know how this turns out. You start yelling, your child shuts down. Nothing gets resolved. Words...

Experiencing Quarantine Depression? Three Things You Can Do to Help

Experiencing Quarantine Depression? Three Things You Can Do to Help

This is the time of year when many people experience seasonal depression. Not to mention the social isolation of a pandemic. And what about the unrest in the world? It’s not surprising then that many of us are experiencing symptoms of depression. If you are already...

How to Help Your Teen With Depression

How to Help Your Teen With Depression

As parents know, the teenage years are a time of change and growth. However, parents may notice that their teen is struggling, but may not be sure where to turn. Here is some information about raising a teen who is experiencing depression and how you as a parent can...

Triggered: A Look at Life After Trauma

Triggered: A Look at Life After Trauma

Why do I react with such strong emotion every time my boss doesn’t consider my input? Why do I feel like I’m not seen when my spouse talks over me? It’s possible at some point in your upbringing you experienced trauma. Trauma was once only considered to be things such...

Back to school

Back to school

In talking with a friend and fellow therapist earlier, we were discussing the idea of “summer break”. We usually equate summer break with leisure activities such as travel, concerts, time with friends and family, and self-care. Summer break is typically the time we...