Interview with Jaynay Johnson, LMFT, Teen Therapist, and Author

Jaynay Johnson, LMFT, is a therapist who specializes in teen mental health and practices in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. She does amazing work with teens struggling with self-harm, suicidal ideation, depression, and anxiety. She is also the author of three books: Dear Teen Self, a book to help adolescent girls through the difficulties of beingContinue reading “Interview with Jaynay Johnson, LMFT, Teen Therapist, and Author”

Communicating With Your Teenager

A version of this article was published in Hood Magazine in February 2019. Many parents struggle with their child’s transition into adolescence. Teenagers often pull away from their parents in an effort to assert their independence and begin forming their own identity separate from the family. This can manifest as argumentativeness, rebellious behavior, and anContinue reading “Communicating With Your Teenager”

Introducing: Parenting Consultations

Do you feel in over your head as a parent? Are your child’s behaviors or emotional needs overwhelming? Have you gone through a stressful life transition and are unsure how to manage your child’s response as well as your own stress? Do you simply need more options in your parent toolbox? I’m here for you.Continue reading “Introducing: Parenting Consultations”

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”

Psychological Evaluation 101: Psych Assessments and Kids

Like adults, children get referred for psychological evaluations for many different reasons. Usually, the kids I evaluate are sent in from one of three places: The teacher noticed behavioral problems and suggested that the parents talk to someone. The pediatrician noticed something (either the child’s behavior in office or a comment from the parent) thatContinue reading “Psychological Evaluation 101: Psych Assessments and Kids”

ADHD Online Presents: Managing Behavioral Issues in Parenting Kids with ADHD

Thank you again to the wonderful people at ADHD Online for allowing me to present on parenting kids with ADHD! If you weren’t able to view it live, or you want to watch it again, the video is available on Facebook. The slides from the presentation are also available for download. If you’re looking forContinue reading “ADHD Online Presents: Managing Behavioral Issues in Parenting Kids with ADHD”

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?”

Healthy Screen Habits

This article was published in a local newspaper in February. Since then, screen time has become even more of a concern as parents struggle to find appropriate activities for kids who are home all day, and many kids are attending online school, which increases their screen time by a huge amount! I thought it wasContinue reading “Healthy Screen Habits”

ADHD Online Presents: ADHD And Sleep Hygiene

Friday night, I had another amazing opportunity to talk about ADHD with the people at ADHD Online. I spoke about sleep hygiene and how people with ADHD (and parents of kids with ADHD) can help create and maintain structure to get rest they need. The presentation is available for free here. The slides can beContinue reading “ADHD Online Presents: ADHD And Sleep Hygiene”

How Can You Be A Child Therapist If You Don’t Have Kids?

Last week on Twitter, a social worker asked, “Child and family therapists who don’t have kids, what are you even doing?” (I might have the wording slightly wrong, as I didn’t screen shot and she deleted her account shortly afterwards, but the gist is in tact.) Seeing as I’m a child therapist/psychologist who doesn’t haveContinue reading “How Can You Be A Child Therapist If You Don’t Have Kids?”