Jigsaw Puzzles for Telehealth

Many of my clients like doing puzzles, which is why I keep a few to choose from in my office, but pieces can get lost, and doing the same puzzles over and over gets boring. Enter telehealth. This website and lets you put together a jigsaw puzzle on your computer screen. Pieces never get lost,Continue reading “Jigsaw Puzzles for Telehealth”

Armani Doesn’t Feel Well

If you follow me on Twitter, you’ve met Armani. I wrote a story about Armani to help kids who might have to take medicine they don’t like. Armani is a cat who came to live with me the week before I started graduate school. His mother was a stray, and he and all his brothersContinue reading “Armani Doesn’t Feel Well”

Why Do Kids Like Creepy Things?

We might not realize this when we are young, but a lot of kids’ shows and films have some dark and creepy themes. I remember being obsessed with the animated Anastasia movie, which contains an intense musical number about killing the main character and a pretty horrifying attempted murder scene. I’ve heard adults commenting onContinue reading “Why Do Kids Like Creepy Things?”

Today’s The Day! Telehealth And Kids Certification with PESI

Good morning, followers! If you haven’t seen my dozens of posts, tweets, and Facebook mentions about it, today and tomorrow I am teaching a certification on telehealth with kids thanks to the support of the awesome people at PESI. I’m told there have been quite a few sign ups, but it is being recorded, soContinue reading “Today’s The Day! Telehealth And Kids Certification with PESI”

Skills for BIG Feelings: An Interview with Casey O’Brien Martin

As you all know, I’m constantly looking for new resources for my therapy practice, especially resources that I can share with other therapists. About two weeks ago, I found a fantastic workbook that can be used with kids individually or in a group setting. Skills for BIG Feelings author Casey O’Brien Martin is not onlyContinue reading “Skills for BIG Feelings: An Interview with Casey O’Brien Martin”

Intrusive Thoughts: Changing The Radio Station

Intrusive thoughts are common for trauma survivors or people with diagnoses such as obsessive-compulsive disorder or anxiety disorders. That’s why it is important for therapists to have a variety of thought stopping exercises. The following is written with children in mind, but this skill can absolutely be used by adults as well. Do you everContinue reading “Intrusive Thoughts: Changing The Radio Station”

Bubble Breathing 2: When The Bubbles Pop

Back in August, I shared a therapy activity that teaches kids to visualize blowing their negative feelings into bubbles. This is a great way to introduce therapeutic breathing techniques and one that I’ve used myself when I’m trying to fall asleep after a stressful day. Recently, a client gave me some feedback: they said theyContinue reading “Bubble Breathing 2: When The Bubbles Pop”

Coming Soon: Custom Board Games

With my PESI presentation coming up, I decided to write up all of my interventions for telehealth and kids. I wanted to make these resources available for free, since I know many therapists are struggling to engage kids and make progress on treatment plans during the era of telemental health. As I was putting togetherContinue reading “Coming Soon: Custom Board Games”

Would You Rather?

Like a lot of games that get used for therapy, Would You Rather is probably familiar to most people. We might have tried to think of the grossest or scariest options to give our friends. Whether with an individual or a group, Would You Rather can get clients talking and delve into important topics. ItContinue reading “Would You Rather?”

Scavenger Hunt

A lot of therapists really leaned into this activity early on when we started doing telehealth with kids. Scavenger hunts basically consist of having the child find specific items in their homes that respond to prompts. This is a super simple activity that can be done in groups with a show-and-tell component or with anContinue reading “Scavenger Hunt”