CareDash Therapist “Directory”

Therapists, if you are not already aware, there is a website called CareDash that has created unauthorized profiles of thousands of mental health providers. The information posted is often inaccurate, and most colleagues I have spoken with were not aware that they were featured on the site before I told them. My own profile listsContinue reading “CareDash Therapist “Directory””

Behavioral Scripting: Every Day Can Be Your Birthday

Today’s post is brought to you by Courtney, my friend who I met through the glory that is social media. Courtney is autistic, and like many autistic folks, sometimes she has a hard time making decisions or managing unstructured weekends. Recently, Courtney shared that she was celebrating her birthday – but it wasn’t her actualContinue reading “Behavioral Scripting: Every Day Can Be Your Birthday”

Telehealth Activity: Rush Hour

The first draft of my second telehealth book is submitted, and I am excitedly waiting for my editor’s comments. Of course, days after I submitted the manuscript, I found an online version of yet another game I have used in my in-person office. But that is why I started this blog, right? To offer resources.Continue reading “Telehealth Activity: Rush Hour”

More Updates on the Autism Database

UPDATE: Kodi Pinks emailed me back regarding my question about going through medical records to determine whether people were being diagnosed with autism but not registered. According to Kodi: “As to your question about whether the department is going into people’s medical records to determine reporting compliance; I can assure you that this is notContinue reading “More Updates on the Autism Database”

Interview with Lisa Hutchison, LMHC

1. First, can you tell us a bit about your professional background? I am a licensed mental health counselor for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, who has been practicing psychotherapy for over 20 years. I have created  program for caring professionals, who want to prevent and treat compassion fatigue. I have taught various classes online and in person, inContinue reading “Interview with Lisa Hutchison, LMHC”

Some Thoughts on Mindfulness

“Mindfulness,” in psychology, refers to activities and practices intended to bring your attention and awareness into the present moment. The aim is to be aware of your body, mind, and surroundings without judgment. It is also a term that has been thrown around to the point that much of the original meaning has gotten lost.Continue reading “Some Thoughts on Mindfulness”

An Open Letter to the North Dakota State Board of Psychologist Examiners

If you have been following my career antics, you know that I have been applying for licensure in North Dakota. The folks at ADHD Online had ONE psychologist serving the state, and that psychologist retired. Rather than telling the people of North Dakota, “Sorry, no accessible ADHD testing for you,” they offered to help meContinue reading “An Open Letter to the North Dakota State Board of Psychologist Examiners”

What Makes An Activity Therapeutic? More Thoughts

Note: This post includes a description of a conversation I had with a client’s parent, as well as a description of an activity completed in a session. Details about the conversation, client, and the activity have been modified to ensure confidentiality while maintaining the spirit of the story. No HIPAA violations here! I’ve written beforeContinue reading “What Makes An Activity Therapeutic? More Thoughts”

Interview with Molly Fennig, Author and PhD Student

CW: This post talks about eating disorders in general terms. Back in November, Molly Fennig reached out to me via my website to discuss a possible collaboration. (If you’re an author and in mental health, feel free to reach out here!) Molly is a first-year PhD student at Washington University in St. Louis and originallyContinue reading “Interview with Molly Fennig, Author and PhD Student”

Telehealth Activity: Bop-It

Remember Bop-It? Hours of fun, or two minutes of fun followed by a rage quit. I never had a Bop-It in my in-person office, but when I discovered the online version, it felt like an obvious option for kids working on executive functioning, attention, frustration tolerance, and emotion regulation. You can screen share and grantContinue reading “Telehealth Activity: Bop-It”