Thoughts on “Trauma Dumping”

Last week was the full moon, and if you believe in that kind of thing, that belief was probably reinforced. One thing that happened is a therapist posted a reaction video on Tik Tok of “When a client wants to trauma dump in the first session,” captioned, “Not happening on my watch ever again.” TheContinue reading “Thoughts on “Trauma Dumping””

Telehealth Activity: Tunnel Rush

Most child therapists and play therapists keep activities and games in their offices that rely on competition between the therapist and client. You can practice regulation and frustration tolerance when the client loses and good sportsmanship when they win. Taking turns requires impulse control and is an important social skill. Plus, games are fun, andContinue reading “Telehealth Activity: Tunnel Rush”

Sleep Hygiene: Creating Your Sleep Space

One of the components of sleep hygiene I discussed when I started this series is creating a relaxing sleep space where you can fully rest. Recently I talked about creating a routine around your sleep. Today, we will expand on creating a restful sleep space. When I was a graduate student, I lived in aContinue reading “Sleep Hygiene: Creating Your Sleep Space”

Frequently Asked Questions

Last week, I wrote about the reasons why a therapist might choose not to accept insurance (or might not be able to sustainably take insurance). As I was writing it, I began thinking of questions I get about the cost of therapy and the need for system-wide changes. I decided to address some of thoseContinue reading “Frequently Asked Questions”

Why Wouldn’t A Therapist Accept Insurance?

I wrote a while back about insurance and therapy, and apparently I intended to make the topic a series and then promptly forgot about it. Hey, it happens. I’ve got a lot on my mind. Anyway, a frequent hot button issue among therapists in the United States is the question of whether or not toContinue reading “Why Wouldn’t A Therapist Accept Insurance?”

What Would You Do Differently?

A couple of weeks ago, I tweeted the question, If you had known in March 2020 the extent of the pandemic, you couldn’t change the trajectory but you knew for sure what it would be, what would you have done differently? My answer was, I would have upgraded my home office situation right away insteadContinue reading “What Would You Do Differently?”

Telehealth Activity: Zoom Buddha Board

One thing from my in-person office that I have not been able to replicate in telehealth sessions has been my Buddha Board. (You can see a demonstration of the Buddha Board here.) When I use art in therapy, I encourage clients to focus on the experience of creating rather than on the final product. TheContinue reading “Telehealth Activity: Zoom Buddha Board”

Sleep Hygiene: Creating Routines

I wrote last week about the factors that contribute to quality sleep hygiene. Specifically, I talked about creating routines around when you go to sleep and when you wake up – as I mentioned, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to sleep hygiene, and the most important factor is determining what works best for you, theContinue reading “Sleep Hygiene: Creating Routines”

Making Therapeutic Moments: Adds

I wrote before about what makes an activity therapeutic, using the premise that an attentive and creative therapist can get therapeutic benefit out of almost anything with the right attitude. In my telehealth and kids training, I say: “It is not my job to do a specific therapeutic activity; rather, my job is to takeContinue reading “Making Therapeutic Moments: Adds”

What Contributes to Sleep Hygiene?

Two weeks ago, I introduced the topic of sleep hygiene on this blog. Sleep is vital to our survival as well as both physical and mental health, but so many of us have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or achieving high-quality rest. Today, let’s look at what factors contribute to good sleep hygiene. The trickyContinue reading “What Contributes to Sleep Hygiene?”