What Do Risk Assessments Look Like?

Content/Trigger Warning: Suicidal Ideation September is Suicide Awareness Month, so my best friend, Cirien, helped me create a mock risk assessment. Many people wonder what it looks like if you tell your therapist you are having suicidal thoughts that you don’t want to act on, so I created this video to show how I respondContinue reading “What Do Risk Assessments Look Like?”

Thoughts On Self-Diagnosing

Many people struggle to acknowledge when they are having trouble with their mental health, and this happens for a few reasons. First, stigma about what it means to have mental illness can put people in denial about their symptoms. They don’t want to be labeled “crazy” or “unstable.” Second, mental health is health that relatesContinue reading “Thoughts On Self-Diagnosing”

The Chicken or the Egg: Depression and Withdrawal

One thing many people already know about depression is that people who are depressed often withdraw socially. While it’s true that social support is an important component of alleviating depression, this sometimes gets misconstrued as, “If I want to help my loved one, I need to force them to be in social situations.” You mightContinue reading “The Chicken or the Egg: Depression and Withdrawal”

The Case for Primary Care Therapists

Stigma continues to be a serious problem in mental health, and anxiety about what it means to have a therapist can be a huge barrier to someone seeking services. Although we all have different life experiences and many people do not experience mental illness as defined by the DSM-5, every single person alive has anContinue reading “The Case for Primary Care Therapists”

Bubble Breathing

Breathing is probably one of the most basic things we do every day. We breathe constantly and without thinking about it, but when we get upset, our breathing changes. When someone feels scared, angry, or anxious, their breathing tends to get faster and more shallow, and we often don’t even realize this is happening! FastContinue reading “Bubble Breathing”

Coming Soon: I Don’t Want to be Bad

I am excited to announce that I’ve decided to self-publish my manuscript! I’ve been compiling worksheets and interventions that I use with kids and parents when the child has behavioral problems. I Don’t Want to be Bad helps parents understand their role in the child’s behavior and help the child learn to express and copeContinue reading “Coming Soon: I Don’t Want to be Bad”

Don’t Forget to Take Your Meds!

Happy Sunday to everyone! I created a video to review and talk about a product to help people with executive dysfunction remember to take their medication. Check it out! Here’s the TimerCap you see in the video, which can be purchased directly from their website!

Trauma-Informed Teaching with College Students

This one-hour course is intended to help college and university professors implement the tenants of trauma-informed teaching in college-level courses. It also specifically applies these ideas to online classes, as many universities are offering online learning this fall. The course is available for purchase for $20.

COVID-19 and ACEs

In my Introduction to Trauma-Informed Teaching course on Skillshare, I talk about the Adverse Childhood Experiences study from the CDC and Kaiser Permanente. Basically, the study determined that certain stressful or traumatic life experiences in childhood have a huge impact in adulthood and can lead to mental illness, physical illness, and early death. Kids withContinue reading “COVID-19 and ACEs”

Therapy During A Pandemic

In April 2020, I wrote an article for The UpTake about telemental health and telepsychology. At that time, I had been working remotely for about one month and had just gotten certified in telemental health. I also thought that working from home was a short-term solution. Weeks have become months, and although schools are lookingContinue reading “Therapy During A Pandemic”