Thirty and Thriving: Structured Play Time Can Help Your Child

Today, parents are busier than ever before and disconnected from their children. Moms, dads, and caretakers… I have one question: Can you give attention to your child for thirty minutes a week? There is no magic wand to help a child behave or to build a relationship with them. Nevertheless, small and intentional deposits into [Read more...]

By |2018-12-10T11:07:37+00:00December 6th, 2018|Childrens Counseling, Communication, Coping Skills, Family, Mental Health, Motivation, Parenting|Comments Off on Thirty and Thriving: Structured Play Time Can Help Your Child

Community of Trust

How to create safety and independence for our children in the world today I recently listened to a podcast called Sorta Awesome. A licensed clinical social worker Leann Gardner (http://www.leanngardner.com) was interviewed in episode 99 on talking about sex with kids. She discussed a lot of interesting things. One topic was the importance of cultivating [Read more...]

By |2018-11-20T15:13:16+00:00November 19th, 2018|Adult Counseling, Anxiety, Childrens Counseling, Communication, Family, Mental Health, Motivation, Parenting, Peer Relationships, Stress, Teen Counseling|Comments Off on Community of Trust

Parents Playing Nice

Divorce is typically not someone’s first choice of outcome when they get married. However, sometimes things don’t go as planned and divorce becomes a part of the story. It’s never easy to handle, and it becomes more complicated when children are involved. Parents may get divorced, but they must continue to interact with each other [Read more...]

By |2018-11-15T14:27:55+00:00November 15th, 2018|Adult Counseling, Childrens Counseling, Communication, Coping Skills, Family, Mental Health, Motivation, Parenting, Stress|Comments Off on Parents Playing Nice

What does transgender mean?

Understanding transgender youth is an important part of understanding the complexities of human nature. This blog is for you if you have a child who is exploring their gender. It can be hard to support your child if you don’t understand the different identities that young kids are associating with. Fear not! I am here [Read more...]

By |2018-10-18T15:45:23+00:00October 18th, 2018|Adult Counseling, Anxiety, Childrens Counseling, LGBTQIA+, Mental Health, Parenting|Comments Off on What does transgender mean?

No Means No

5 things to consider when it comes to teaching “consent” to your children I don’t think there is any good way to talk about this, so let’s just dive right in. I’m talking about consent!  As a parent, about a million different questions have entered into my mind about how to talk about this, among [Read more...]

By |2019-01-09T16:41:06+00:00October 5th, 2018|Adult Counseling, Childrens Counseling, Communication, Family, Mental Health, Motivation, Parenting|Comments Off on No Means No

You Don’t Have To Wait For Things to Get “That Bad”

World champion swimmer, Michael Phelps, is one of the most successful athletes of all time. He's said, “You don’t have to wait for it to get that bad. Therapy isn’t just for people struggling with serious mental illness, you can reach out at any time you think that you need help.  It’s proven to work.” [Read more...]

By |2018-10-01T14:49:52+00:00October 1st, 2018|Adult Counseling, Anxiety, Childrens Counseling, Christian Counseling, Coping Skills, Couples Counseling, Depression, Men's Issues, Mental Health, Motivation, Self-care, Stress, Teen Counseling, Women's Issues|Comments Off on You Don’t Have To Wait For Things to Get “That Bad”

Youth Mental Health Issues: Helping Your Child Experience Success At School

Are you tired of getting those dreaded phone calls from your child’s teacher or principal or school counselor?  What has Timmy done now? How many days of in-school suspension will he have this week?  Do I really need to attend another conference to discuss Ashley’s progress?  Parenting a struggling child can be stressful for all [Read more...]

By |2018-10-02T08:56:29+00:00September 19th, 2018|Adult Counseling, Anxiety, Childrens Counseling, Mental Health, Mental Illness, Motivation, Parenting, Self-Esteem, Stress|Comments Off on Youth Mental Health Issues: Helping Your Child Experience Success At School

How to Prepare For a Smooth Transition Back to School

The back-to-school season can be stressful for families. Everyone has to adjust back to the school year routine and there can be new activities in this routine. For kids, the new year can bring new expectations and stress as they advance through grade levels and extra curricular activities. The following ideas can be adjusted to [Read more...]

By |2018-10-11T11:57:30+00:00August 7th, 2018|Anxiety, Childrens Counseling, Communication, Family, Mental Health, Motivation, Parenting, Stress, Teen Counseling|Comments Off on How to Prepare For a Smooth Transition Back to School

Helping Children Cope With Separation and Divorce

Going through a separation or divorce is emotional for both adults and children. Children frequently do not understand the reason or meaning behind a divorce, thus creating confusion, anger, and stress.  Oftentimes, children will internalize the blame for problems that led to the divorce. Their left with unjustified feelings of shame, guilt, and self blame.  [Read more...]

By |2018-10-11T11:59:06+00:00August 7th, 2018|Adult Counseling, Anger, Anxiety, Boundaries, Childrens Counseling, Communication, Coping Skills, Family, Mental Health, Motivation, Parenting, Stress, Teen Counseling|Comments Off on Helping Children Cope With Separation and Divorce

Disciplining a Child With Trauma

Parenting is a difficult topic even in the best situations. Everyone has their own ideas and opinions on how best to discipline their children. Things become even more convoluted for parents when you add trauma into the equation. Each child is unique and so is their trauma story. When testing out new discipline strategies, it [Read more...]

By |2018-09-11T09:50:36+00:00June 25th, 2018|Anger, Anxiety, Childrens Counseling, Communication, Motivation, Parenting, Play Therapy, Stress, Trauma|Comments Off on Disciplining a Child With Trauma