Posts Categorized: Summit Staff Blogs

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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Cultivating Wholehearted Living

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Are you looking for more joy and happiness in your life?  Do you sometimes struggle looking for meaning and purpose?  Are you going through a transition and attempting to reevaluate priorities?  Do you want to create a life worth living but don’t know where to begin?  Then you may benefit from learning to live Wholeheartedly! […]

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A Simple Fix to a Bad Day

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Have you ever had one of those days where everything goes wrong? Or maybe you feel irritable for unknown reasons and you can’t shake the feeling.  Marsha Linehan, the founder of Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and her team created a skill called Opposite Action that can help turn a bad day around. Opposite Action is exactly like […]

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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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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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6 Self Care Tips to Reduce Stress

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You can’t always control what stress life brings your way, but you can control how you choose to take care of yourself to reduce the tension you experience during those difficult times. Indulging in self-care helps you build resilience towards stress. When you neglect to focus on your personal needs, such as healthy eating habits […]

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What is Self-Compassion?

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Self-Compassion allows us to manage negative self-talk, perfectionism, people pleasing and judgmental thinking.  Self-Compassion increases our resilience to suffering, shame and failure.  In order to understand Self-Compassion, it is helpful to first reflect on what compassion is and what it feels like. Compassion happens when we recognize the suffering of another.  We can only recognize […]

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“I’m Not Yelling, You’re Yelling”: Top 5 Tips to Managing Conflict with Your Partner

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Contrary to popular belief, conflict within a relationship is healthy. Conflict allows us to express our inner concerns and/or feelings and often leads to positive resolution. How you handle that conflict, however, typically results in one of two ways: bringing people together or tearing people apart.  Poor communication, lack of respect and defensiveness makes conflict […]

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