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”

Play Therapy and Documentation

Who loves writing progress notes? Trick question; no one does. Therapy is nuanced, and good sessions often do not go in the direction intended. I have said many times, my job is not to make a specific therapeutic thing happen in a session, but to make whatever happens in the session therapeutic. Often what isContinue reading “Play Therapy and Documentation”

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?”

My Experience with the Therapist Phone Scam

This morning, the San Francisco Chronicle published an article about a phone scam that has been targeting therapists. The article is paywalled, so here are the bullet points: Therapist gets a phone call from someone claiming to be law enforcement Caller states the therapist failed to appear for a subpoena and now has a warrantContinue reading “My Experience with the Therapist Phone Scam”

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”

Telehealth Activity: 8 Ball Pool

When I interned in a residential setting, a lot of kids bonded and had great therapeutic moments around a pool table. We could play teams with a group or have a casual one-on-one game while talking about a larger issue. A pool table is something that I never thought would be practical for my therapyContinue reading “Telehealth Activity: 8 Ball Pool”