Let’s Talk About Burnout

I wrote this post for mental health professionals, but it’s something a lot of people can relate to right now. The demand for mental health has spiked in the pandemic, and while it is fantastic that people are reaching out, therapists are scrambling to meet the demand. We are living in the same world asContinue reading “Let’s Talk About Burnout”

PESI Presents: A Step-by-Step Guide to Successful Virtual Sessions with Children, Adolescents and Families

Friends, I have some very exciting news: on Monday, December 21 and Tuesday the 22, I will be presenting a certification training for telemental health with children and adolescents! The training will be live on those dates, but PESI will be recording the seminars and making them available for purchase to be completed at yourContinue reading “PESI Presents: A Step-by-Step Guide to Successful Virtual Sessions with Children, Adolescents and Families”

Antistress

I’d like to share one of my favorite therapy apps: Antistress. I actually first heard about this app from a client who had found it helpful. The app basically has several sensory items and activities that can help with boredom, fidgeting, anxiety, and self-regulation. There is a free version and a paid version, with theContinue reading “Antistress”

Color Your Emotions

I created this activity to help kids express a feeling that they might not have words for. The worksheet below shows an outline of a body and asks kids to color in where they are experiencing a feeling using a color that reflects the feeling, but another way to do this activity is to giveContinue reading “Color Your Emotions”

Telehealth and Kids, Volume 10: Virtual Backgrounds

The intervention I want to talk about today isn’t a specific game, so I am writing in a different format than I usually do in this series. For more telehealth interventions with kids, check out my resources page. Also, details about the client interaction that I describe below have been changed for privacy, but theContinue reading “Telehealth and Kids, Volume 10: Virtual Backgrounds”

Praise for I Don’t Want To Be Bad

(It’s October 3rd!) I am so excited and pleased to share that I Don’t Want To Be Bad currently has a five-star rating on Amazon! I wanted to thank everyone who has shared, purchased, or reviewed. This is a lifelong dream come true for me and has given me the confidence to pursue other projects.Continue reading “Praise for I Don’t Want To Be Bad”

Press Pause on Impulsivity

Impulse control is one of the last abilities our brains develop, so children and teenagers really struggle with this. Sometimes this gets labeled as disobedience, but kids are literally not capable of controlling their impulses the way that adults are. This activity helps kids work on improving impulse control by visualizing a remote control andContinue reading “Press Pause on Impulsivity”

Teletherapy and Kids, Volume 9: Sand Tray Therapy

Check out other resources for telehealth with kids here! At my first practicum site, the director told us that we were welcome to use any child-friendly intervention we deemed appropriate except for sand tray because she didn’t want to deal with the mess. Well, Dr. Karen Fried found a way to not only eliminate theContinue reading “Teletherapy and Kids, Volume 9: Sand Tray Therapy”

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?”

I Don’t Want To Be Bad available at Full Circle Co-Op

A local book store, Full Circle Book Co-Op, has agreed to stock I Don’t Want To Be Bad! As with purchasing online, copies are $9.99, but part of the profits will go to a local business that does awesome things in the Sioux Falls community! Come by and check out other local authors, have aContinue reading “I Don’t Want To Be Bad available at Full Circle Co-Op”