Why Do Kids Lie?

An issue that a lot of parents bring up, either in the initial intake or at some point in their child’s treatment, is lying. “Why is my child lying to me?” “They know I will catch them in the lie!” “I’ve told them it’s important to tell the truth!” In my book, I talk aboutContinue reading “Why Do Kids Lie?”

Telehealth and Kids, Volume 12: Emotional Support Animals

As always, more telehealth resources are available here! Hands down, my favorite part of telehealth is meeting everyone’s pets. A close second is my clients meeting my pets. A while back, I shared a story about my cat, Vera, and how she was affected by trauma. I’ve shared this story with kids at my practiceContinue reading “Telehealth and Kids, Volume 12: Emotional Support Animals”

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”

Repressing Versus Compartmentalizing

As a therapist, I spend a lot of time telling people that it’s okay to have feelings, and it’s healthy to express those feelings. You can think of “bottling up” feelings like making a purchase on a credit card: you still have to pay later, and the longer you wait, the more interest accumulates. WhenContinue reading “Repressing Versus Compartmentalizing”

Telehealth and Kids, Volume 11: Roblox

Every time I think I have run out of topics for this series, something else comes to me! A big part of therapy with kids is sharing in the child’s interests. Yes, we want to work on making good choices, modifying behavior, and developing appropriate coping and communication skills, but none of that can happenContinue reading “Telehealth and Kids, Volume 11: Roblox”

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”

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”