Posts Categorized: Parents & Parenting

How To Talk To Your Kids About Going To Therapy

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There are many different ways a child becomes one of my clients: I’ve had kids google therapists, print out my profile, and ask their parent to schedule an appointment with me, often times families are referred, or maybe the front office staff directed them to me; either way, one thing I always want to know […]

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Make It Positive

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Often times when I’m meeting with parents for the first time to discuss therapy for their child, parents feel desperate for help and change as soon as possible, yet they understand that even with therapy it will take time before they notice any changes. Parents often ask me, “Is there anything I can do in […]

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You Are Enough

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“You are enough” is one of my most loved and most hated phrases. On the one hand, it can be very assuring. It can be the phrase that keeps you from comparing yourself to other people, especially unrealistic images we see in the media. On the other hand, it can be a phrase that is […]

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Anxiety: What to Do and Not Do

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Anxiety seems to be a common word I hear at every age with my clients. It seems to be increasing in children, and adolescents. For parents I understand that sometimes it can be tricky navigating what to do and not to do.  Every child is different and as parents know what works for one child […]

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Parenting: Before You Fix It, Sit With It

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Much like a wife desires a husband to hear about her day before coming up with solutions for her daily difficulties, our children desire the same from parents. Too often we as parents accelerate past the consoling portion of the parenting process (because nothing is more painful for a parent than seeing the pain and […]

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Changes and Transitions Happen Faster than We Want!

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Let’s face it, children are always growing up too fast and going through different points of transition that may be harder than others. Sometimes during different times of change it can cause anxiety or sadness for kids because they do not know how to handle it. We want to be able to support our children […]

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The Mask of Anger

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“Why is my teen so angry?” is a common question raised by parents as their previously even-tempered child’s mood starts to vacillate between apathy and moodiness. This period can be particularly challenging for parents who are resolved to believe their child is just being defiant or may take their child’s behavior personally. However, the following […]

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Helping Siblings Cope

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When a child is first diagnosed with cancer, the parent’s focus is inevitably on getting their child the care and treatment they need.  This focus continues through treatment and can last months or even years.  It is a very natural and logical thing for parents to do and no one would argue that it is […]

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What Really Happens In the Play Room

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I often get questions about play therapy like, “Are you just playing games?” “How is this different from kids playing at home or at school?” etc. The answer to those questions are always “We are doing so much more than playing games and yes it is different than playing at home.”  Most often, when play […]

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Sibling Rivalry: How to Stop the Madness

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Since the beginning of time, siblings have been at each other’s throats.  It’s one of the most frustrating things for parents and one of the most difficult things to manage.  The tattling, the bickering, the never-ending shout for mom to settle things…. it’s exhausting.  Sometimes rivalry starts when kids are trying to define who they […]

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