We all experience various levels of stress throughout our lives, but as we know, the adolescent years can be especially charged with anxiety as teens learn to deal with uncertainty, change and forming their identities. Their lives are full of new challenges and opportunities and these transitions can be stressful, especially around body image, performance,…

What is art therapy? Art therapy is a modality, in which art and psychology are combine to address the presenting emotional and behavioral difficulties. The focus of art therapy sessions is often on exploring emotions, thoughts, and behaviors from a symbolic way, in which clients are not obliged to verbalize their thoughts or how they…

Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a result of having experienced acute, chronic, or complex trauma. Let’s dive in and deepen our understanding of trauma before we discuss therapy.   Common Sources of Trauma Birth trauma Bullying Community violence Physical and emotional abuse Neglect Parental Separation Injury Medical trauma Substance Use Incarceration Natural disasters Terrorism…

Our primary job as parents is to teach our children healthy habits of self-discipline and self-regulation.  I wholeheartedly believe the most successful way to do this is by connecting to our children in a calm, safe, attuned, and curious manner.  When children feel safe, they have the freedom to explore, take risks and develop in…

I start almost every parenting blog with the statement “parenting is hard; really really hard”, and that’s because every time I sit down to reflect on parenting issues, that is the first thought that pops into my mind.  I am a professional licensed counselor, and I too mess this parenting thing up… often…. maybe almost…

Let’s get one thing clear: Parenting is hard.  Parenting is really, really hard! I am a parent of two wonderful, energetic, curious, and sometimes mischievous kids.  My little ones are five and eight years old and watching them grow and develop is a true joy.  Even therapists’ children have meltdowns, blows ups, power struggles, and…

Many people assume Mother’s Day is a happy day for people because they can honor their mother.  However, due to the pandemic and deaths due to the pandemic, Mothers Day this year maybe a very difficult day.  We have many adults and children who are grieving the death of their mother or grandmother due to…

A lot of us have heard the airline safety instruction ‘put on your own oxygen mask before putting on your child’s’. This same instruction has been used to provide imagery for helping our children with their dysregulated emotions while at the same time our own emotions are dysregulated. Let’s break down how this can be…

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