Animals in Therapy

Hands down, my favorite part of telehealth is meeting everyone’s pets. A close second is my clients meeting my pets. A while back, I shared a story about my cat, Vera, and how she was affected by trauma. I’ve shared this story with kids at my practice for years as an allegory to some ofContinue reading “Animals in Therapy”

PESI Presents: A Step-by-Step Guide to Successful Virtual Sessions with Children, Adolescents and Families

Friends, I have some very exciting news: on Monday, December 21 and Tuesday the 22, I will be presenting a certification training for telemental health with children and adolescents! The training will be live on those dates, but PESI will be recording the seminars and making them available for purchase to be completed at yourContinue reading “PESI Presents: A Step-by-Step Guide to Successful Virtual Sessions with Children, Adolescents and Families”

Roblox

I am speaking specifically about Roblox today, but you can use these same techniques with Minecraft or The Sims depending on the child’s interests. A big part of therapy with kids is sharing in the child’s interests. Yes, we want to work on making good choices, modifying behavior, and developing appropriate coping and communication skills,Continue reading “Roblox”

Backgrounds

The intervention I want to talk about today isn’t a specific game, so I am writing in a different format than I usually do in this series. Details about the client interaction that I describe below have been changed for privacy, but the spirit of the story is in tact. Since March, I have gottenContinue reading “Backgrounds”

Mancala

“Mancala” refers to a group of board games that originate in Eritria and Ethiopia, but most Americans think of one specific variation when we hear this term. In therapy, this game helps kids with strategy and executive functioning, and I was excited to learn that it was available online for use in telehealth sessions. ThisContinue reading “Mancala”

Scattegories

When I think of Scattegories, I think of my first job at a dry cleaner. On slow days, one of my co-workers would get it out of her car, and we would play to pass the time. This is a game that I actually didn’t use in my pre-COVID-19, in-person therapy practice, but it isContinue reading “Scattegories”

Pictionary

Although I am not certified as an Art Therapist, I have done continuing education in art therapy and lead a group for teenagers who want to explore how their creative side can help them cope with mental illness. There are a lot of great ways to use art in a session, and even over telehealth,Continue reading “Pictionary”

Uno

Are you even a child therapist if you don’t play Uno at least once a day at your practice? It’s an excellent way to build relationship, it’s fun, there’s a combination of strategy and luck involved, and kids of all ages already know how to play. A couple of my clients have struggled to getContinue reading “Uno”

A Change for Better: Sustainable, Accessible Mental Health

First of all, thank you to everyone who checked out I Don’t Want To Be Bad. Amazon can’t tell me if I made any sales until they ship, which takes some time when you print on demand, but the outpouring of support has been amazing. I have some other book ideas that I’ve been wantingContinue reading “A Change for Better: Sustainable, Accessible Mental Health”