Task Activation: Throw Yourself at the Ground and Miss

One of the challenges of ADHD is getting yourself to do The Thing. The Thing could be relatively simple, like returning a phone call or paying a bill, or a more complicated project that you just cannot get yourself to start. I will start with an obligatory disclaimer that what I am about to suggestContinue reading “Task Activation: Throw Yourself at the Ground and Miss”

Interview with Lisa Hutchison, LMHC

1. First, can you tell us a bit about your professional background? I am a licensed mental health counselor for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, who has been practicing psychotherapy for over 20 years. I have created  program for caring professionals, who want to prevent and treat compassion fatigue. I have taught various classes online and in person, inContinue reading “Interview with Lisa Hutchison, LMHC”

Some Thoughts on Mindfulness

“Mindfulness,” in psychology, refers to activities and practices intended to bring your attention and awareness into the present moment. The aim is to be aware of your body, mind, and surroundings without judgment. It is also a term that has been thrown around to the point that much of the original meaning has gotten lost.Continue reading “Some Thoughts on Mindfulness”

How Vera Says “I Love You”

This post is inspired by all the kids I’ve met who do not show affection in a “traditional” way. I hope their parents can see and accept the way their children say “I love you” even if it is not the way they are used to. Remember Vera, the cat who gets scared by strangeContinue reading “How Vera Says “I Love You””

Updated PCIO Files Walkthrough

As you probably know, I use the PlayingCards.IO platform to play many telehealth games with my clients. They have made some updates to their website, so I have made a new walkthrough for how to use these games, with a special guest appearance by Armani. (If you’re looking for more telehealth games to play withContinue reading “Updated PCIO Files Walkthrough”

Practical Habits to Boost Your Confidence as You Start a New Year

Today’s post comes from my recurring guest blogger, Julie Morris, writer and coach. She shares with us tips for boosting your confidence, which is so important as we enter the third calendar year of a pandemic! It has been a trying two years, with ample time spent in quarantine or lockdown since early 2020, and theContinue reading “Practical Habits to Boost Your Confidence as You Start a New Year”

What Makes An Activity Therapeutic? More Thoughts

Note: This post includes a description of a conversation I had with a client’s parent, as well as a description of an activity completed in a session. Details about the conversation, client, and the activity have been modified to ensure confidentiality while maintaining the spirit of the story. No HIPAA violations here! I’ve written beforeContinue reading “What Makes An Activity Therapeutic? More Thoughts”

Telehealth Activity: Bop-It

Remember Bop-It? Hours of fun, or two minutes of fun followed by a rage quit. I never had a Bop-It in my in-person office, but when I discovered the online version, it felt like an obvious option for kids working on executive functioning, attention, frustration tolerance, and emotion regulation. You can screen share and grantContinue reading “Telehealth Activity: Bop-It”

Telehealth Activity: Poly Business (It’s Monopoly)

I don’t keep Monopoly in my in-person office simply because you cannot get through an entire game in a 45-minute session, but kids ask about it pretty frequently. I see therapeutic benefits – what game provides more opportunities to model and practice frustration tolerance than Monopoly? A great thing about telehealth is that there areContinue reading “Telehealth Activity: Poly Business (It’s Monopoly)”

Understanding Versus Excusing Behavior

Today I am going to talk about an important distinction that sometimes gets lost when we are making amends or holding someone accountable: the difference between understanding behavior and excusing it. An explanation describes how something happened. An excuse defers accountability. When I make a mistake, part of making amends includes determining what factors contributedContinue reading “Understanding Versus Excusing Behavior”