Mindful Moment: Armani Purrs

Armani would like to invite you to take a moment to be mindful and present with him. Take some time to find a comfortable position, whatever that looks or feels like for you. Check in with your breathing, if that feels good for you, or ground yourself by noticing details in the space around you.Continue reading “Mindful Moment: Armani Purrs”

Interview with Ashley Pallathra, Doctoral Candidate and Author

1. To start off, can you tell me a bit about your professional background? Both myself (Ashley Pallathra, M.A.) and my writing partner (Edward Brodkin, M.D.), work as mental health professionals and clinical researchers. I hold my master’s degree in psychology, and I am currently a clinical psychology doctoral candidate at The Catholic University ofContinue reading “Interview with Ashley Pallathra, Doctoral Candidate and Author”

Flower Breathing

This is an activity I use with kids to help them take big breaths. It’s good to have a lot of breathing activities to choose from in your arsenal as a therapist, since everyone responds differently to the different techniques. This activity will help you practice taking big breaths to calm your body. You canContinue reading “Flower Breathing”

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”

Google Earth

I remember discovering Google Earth in high school (I just dated myself, oops!). The first place I went was my home address because I am not as creative as I’d like to believe. Since the seemingly endless pandemic began, one common theme in a lot of my sessions is grief about canceled trips. At first,Continue reading “Google Earth”

Roblox

I am speaking specifically about Roblox today, but you can use these same techniques with Minecraft or The Sims depending on the child’s interests. A big part of therapy with kids is sharing in the child’s interests. Yes, we want to work on making good choices, modifying behavior, and developing appropriate coping and communication skills,Continue reading “Roblox”

Antistress

I’d like to share one of my favorite therapy apps: Antistress. I actually first heard about this app from a client who had found it helpful. The app basically has several sensory items and activities that can help with boredom, fidgeting, anxiety, and self-regulation. There is a free version and a paid version, with theContinue reading “Antistress”

Color Your Emotions

I created this activity to help kids express a feeling that they might not have words for. The worksheet below shows an outline of a body and asks kids to color in where they are experiencing a feeling using a color that reflects the feeling, but another way to do this activity is to giveContinue reading “Color Your Emotions”

Square Breathing

This is a technique that is similar to the Bubble Breathing worksheet I posted several weeks ago. Some people have trouble visualizing the bubbles or prefer not to use the imagery of breathing out the negative emotions but would still benefit from some breathing techniques. Since square breathing involves movement to trace the square, thisContinue reading “Square Breathing”

Get Grounded

Grounding is a mindfulness tool that helps us “detach from emotional pain” by “focusing outward on the external world” (Lisa Najavits, Ph.D.). When someone experiences a trigger and needs to pull themselves into the present moment and out of their body sensations, grounding activities help them do this. Look at the baby bird in theContinue reading “Get Grounded”