Interview with Dr. Regine Galanti, Psychologist and Author

Dr. Galanti is a psychologist who practices in New York. She started a private practice that currently has four mental health providers who work primarily with children and adolescents. She also does parenting consultations and work to help the adults caring for her clients be the best parents they can be. In March 2020, sheContinue reading “Interview with Dr. Regine Galanti, Psychologist and Author”

Antidepressants and Children

Antidepressant can be a scary word. This is especially true for children, teens, and their parents. Although I personally cannot prescribe medication in my practice, I often make referrals for medication consults, and I talk many families through their concerns about medication. Today, I want to address some of the concerns I have heard relatedContinue reading “Antidepressants and Children”

Therapy with Kids: What Makes an Activity Therapeutic?

I have noticed that many play therapy activities involve games developed in the 1970s and 80s. Additionally, a lot of the pushback against telehealth with kids has been that screen-time activities are not sufficiently “therapeutic.” This makes me think of how people initially thought card games would be the death of family time, since peopleContinue reading “Therapy with Kids: What Makes an Activity Therapeutic?”

Interview with Dr. Stacey Freedenthal, LCSW, Author

Content Warning: This article talks about suicide and suicide prevention in general terms. I would like to start off by thanking Stacey for her patience with me. We met a while ago, and I have not been able to make the time to actually write this up until now. Stacey is a social worker andContinue reading “Interview with Dr. Stacey Freedenthal, LCSW, Author”

Yahtzee for Telehealth

Yahtzee isn’t a game I use often in therapy, but it can be helpful for frustration tolerance, focus, and problem solving. It can be fun for groups working on taking turns as well. There are many options for playing Yahtzee online, but this website has a free dice set. Pull up the site, share yourContinue reading “Yahtzee for Telehealth”

Telehealth Activity: Hatchimals

Hatchimals are a popular line of children’s toys. There are many different lines, and some come with books and backstories. Many of my clients have collections of Hatchimals and follow the various YouTubers who create content about the toys. A lot of kids have previously brought their Hatchimals into my office, or have shown meContinue reading “Telehealth Activity: Hatchimals”

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”

Telehealth Activity: Virtual Legos

I recently completed another fantastic edition of Telehealth and Kids with PESI. If you didn’t get to view it live, you can purchase the recording of my original presentation on their website. As I was presenting my toolbox of kid-friendly telehealth activities, someone asked if I knew of a way to play with Legos online.Continue reading “Telehealth Activity: Virtual Legos”

Interview with Dr. Mike Brooks, Psychologist and Author

Dr. Mike Brooks is a psychologist and the co-author of Tech Generation: Raising Balanced Kids in a Hyper-Connected World with Dr. Jon Lasser. He took time to speak with me about his practice and about screen time, the internet, and parenting. Tech Generation was published in 2018, though Dr. Brooks wrote about the impact ofContinue reading “Interview with Dr. Mike Brooks, Psychologist and Author”

Interview with Jenn Brandel, LICSW, Author

Jenn Brandel, LICSW, was kind enough to talk with me about her work as a social worker and writer. She has two books and provides some awesome, free assessments on her website. 1. To start off, can you tell me about your professional background?I am a licensed clinical social worker and have been practicing forContinue reading “Interview with Jenn Brandel, LICSW, Author”