When parents recognize that their teenager might be depressed, they are often desperate for help. They see their son or daughter struggling, and want to do everything in their power to help them feel better as soon as possible. (By the way, if you’re wondering if your teen might be depressed, click here to learn about the […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
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This week is National Play Therapy Week, so I thought it would be a great opportunity to write a little bit about play therapy. Play therapy is an important part of my practice, especially when I’m working with younger kids. Here’s a short and funny video clip that does a great job introducing play therapy: What […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
I work with a lot of teenagers and adolescents. Because of this, I also work with a lot of teens’ and adolescents’ parents. The teenage years can be great in so many ways, but they can also be really tough. Many parents feel helpless when their child is struggling. Teens often withdraw from their parents […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
When your child is feeling anxious, stressed, or overwhelmed, relaxing their body is one of the most helpful things you can do. When someone’s emotions are extremely high, their body acts differently than it does when they’re feeling calm. Muscles become tense, which can cause aches, pains, and headaches. Heart rate speeds up. Breathing becomes […]Continue Reading... 1 Comment.
Check out this graph: See how it’s a very straight line? The line consistently moves in one direction, never deviating from its path. When thinking about change, people want to think of it like that graph: continuous and gradual movement upwards. I notice this in the process of therapy. When people begin therapy, they often […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
In my last post, we discussed why sleep is so important for teenagers. Today, we’re going to talk about how: How do you help your teen get better sleep? First of all, there’s a major hurdle that you need to be aware of: teenagers’ brains are naturally wired to stay up later and sleep in […]Continue Reading... 1 Comment.
“A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book.” – Irish Proverb We all know sleep is important, and most parents try their best to give their kids ample time to sleep each night. While most parents are able to ensure their babies and younger kids get enough sleep, […]Continue Reading... 4 Comments.
Time for another book review! Because I’ve done a few posts recently on depression, I decided to stick with that theme for this book review. Today I’m reviewing: Raising a Moody Child: How to Cope with Depression and Bipolar Disorder by Mary A. Fristad, PhD, and Jill S. Goldberg Arnold, PhD Based on reader feedback, […]Continue Reading... No Comments.