White Boards

Therapists who use Zoom might be familiar with the white board feature: when you select “share screen,” one of the options is to share a white board. If you’re using a Chrome book, you can also use Whiteboard Fox to create a private whiteboard to use with your client. In my office, I used whiteboardContinue reading “White Boards”

Charades

Who didn’t love charades as a kid? Well, I didn’t because of my social anxiety, but most people really enjoyed it! Therapeutically, charades can help shy or anxious kids come out of their shell and can normalize being “silly” when the therapist takes their turn. It can also be a way to model different emotionsContinue reading “Charades”

Pictionary

Although I am not certified as an Art Therapist, I have done continuing education in art therapy and lead a group for teenagers who want to explore how their creative side can help them cope with mental illness. There are a lot of great ways to use art in a session, and even over telehealth,Continue reading “Pictionary”

Uno

Are you even a child therapist if you don’t play Uno at least once a day at your practice? It’s an excellent way to build relationship, it’s fun, there’s a combination of strategy and luck involved, and kids of all ages already know how to play. A couple of my clients have struggled to getContinue reading “Uno”

Connect Four

I. LOVE. Connect Four. It’s similar to chess in that you have to plan ahead and focus on two things at once (where I’m moving and where you’re moving), but it’s much less complicated and so can be used with younger clients. If you want to play Connect Four with your clients, this website willContinue reading “Connect Four”

Chess

Today I want to talk about chess as a therapeutic intervention over telehealth. My first practicum supervisor told me that, to be a good therapist, I had to learn to play chess. He recommended chess as an intervention for clients of all ages, especially kids, and since then I have always kept a chess boardContinue reading “Chess”