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Good Question!
May 9, 2022

I’ve been asked many questions as a counselor before I start seeing somebody. Recently I spoke with a mom who asked some great questions and inspired me to think more about what may be some good questions to ask...

How to Support Your LGBTQ+ Child
April 12, 2022

Having family support for your child identifying in the LGBTQ community can be beneficial to their overall mental health and physical health. Being accepted by your family can decrease mental health symptoms such as isolation, depression, anxiety, substance abuse,...

Protecting Our Loved Ones
March 31, 2022

By Darrick Brown, MDiv, Mental Health Awareness Coordinator Sex and sexuality can create beautiful experiences. For some, it’s a bonding experience, a solidifying spiritual union. For others, it’s a fun expression of playful joy and thoughtfulness. Sex can be...

March Madness Milestones
March 31, 2022

By the time you’re reading this, an NCAA basketball champion will have already been crowned and the NBA Playoffs, NFL Draft and MLB Opening Day will be gearing up, keeping the sports machine going… The sports machine never quits....

De-Escalating a Meltdown
March 31, 2022

On airplanes, we are taught to put on our masks first before helping others in a crisis. The same goes for managing a meltdown with little ones. This may mean stepping away first from the situation (assuming the child...

Strategies for Communicating with Your Teenage Daughter
February 28, 2022

There comes a time when every mother-daughter relationship has stress – which usually comes around the teenage years. Mothers are always trying to protect their daughters which can lead to confrontation around this age period. As mothers, you naturally...

Can You Mourn Something You Never Had?
February 4, 2022

By Dr. Mollie Innocent-Cupid, Deputy Executive Director As a child therapist, I work with many children who have been abandoned by one or both of their biological parents. Some of these kids are unaffected by their abandonment and have...

Parenting: Giving Yourself Permission to Self-Care (Guilty Feelings Not Included)
January 24, 2022

I’m even more grateful for growing up with the Christmas experience of older brothers assembling gifts together for me when I was a little, especially now as a parent of a seven-year-old girl whose favorite things in the world...

What is Play Therapy, Exactly?
January 24, 2022

The subgenre of play therapy is one that has many sceptics due to the subjective nature of play. Many people (including therapists of other subgroups) struggle with feel like ‘playing’ is a valid and beneficial form of therapy; however,...