App Review: Breathe 2 Relax

Today’s mental health app was developed by the Defense Health Agency: Breathe 2 Relax. I love that there seems to be no shortage of apps to teach coping skills, deep breathing, and mindfulness – you can try them all out and see which one is the best fit, which one uses language that you resonateContinue reading “App Review: Breathe 2 Relax”

Ap Review: Breathing

Breath is a huge part of mindfulness. Most guided meditations start by prompting you to check in with your breath, either by taking deliberately big and slow breaths or simply noticing what your breath is doing. I’ve shared some breathing exercises that I use with clients in the past. Breathing is a free ap byContinue reading “Ap Review: Breathing”

Telehealth Activity: Pop-It

Pop-its, based on my extensive research, are the latest fidget toy that all the Young People are talking about (and, of course, by “extensive research,” I mean my clients have been talking about them). Not only are Pop-Its great for kids with sensory issues, but you can use them interactively in your sessions. Scratch hasContinue reading “Telehealth Activity: Pop-It”

Ap Review: Combined Minds

I previously wrote about Calm Harm, an ap designed to help people through urges to self-harm and teach mindfulness and coping skills. The creators of Calm Harm have created another ap called Combined Minds, which aims to offer support to people who care for someone with a mental illness. Lots of aps exist to helpContinue reading “Ap Review: Combined Minds”

Telehealth Activity: Zen Photon Garden

I have been back in my office part-time the past few weeks, and it has been pretty great to be able to interact with my clients in person. We’ve been able to use actual, tangible fidgets, and when kids need help with something, I can usually actually step in and help them. I played TwisterContinue reading “Telehealth Activity: Zen Photon Garden”

Dare App Review

While no app can replace therapy, there are some great options to learn more about mental health. Dare has an option for a paid upgrade, but the free version is fantastic. Choose what you are struggling with, and you are presented with education about each topic presented by a soothing voice. You can choose howContinue reading “Dare App Review”

Calm Harm Ap Review

If you’re looking for a way to reduce self-harm behavior, Calm Harm is a great resource. It’s free, user-friendly, and non-judgmental. When you first go into the app, you can choose the aesthetic that is most pleasing or calming for you. You can also set up a passcode – although the app does not requestContinue reading “Calm Harm Ap Review”

Interview with Andrea Dorn, LSW, Author

I am a firm believer that you can never have too many therapeutic children’s books! Andrea Dorn, LSW, the author of the Mindful Steps series, agrees with me. She was kind enough to chat with me about her books and her clinical work. 1. To start off, can you tell me a bit about yourContinue reading “Interview with Andrea Dorn, LSW, Author”

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”