I Don’t Want To Be Bad available at Full Circle Co-Op

A local book store, Full Circle Book Co-Op, has agreed to stock I Don’t Want To Be Bad! As with purchasing online, copies are $9.99, but part of the profits will go to a local business that does awesome things in the Sioux Falls community! Come by and check out other local authors, have aContinue reading “I Don’t Want To Be Bad available at Full Circle Co-Op”

What is Therapeutic Fit?

If you’ve ever had a therapist, you might be familiar with the term “therapeutic relationship,” referring to your connection to your therapist. What you might not realize is that your feeling of trust and connection to your therapist is actually the most important piece of your treatment, more than your therapist’s specific qualifications (beyond basicContinue reading “What is Therapeutic Fit?”

Square Breathing

This is a technique that is similar to the Bubble Breathing worksheet I posted several weeks ago. Some people have trouble visualizing the bubbles or prefer not to use the imagery of breathing out the negative emotions but would still benefit from some breathing techniques. Since square breathing involves movement to trace the square, thisContinue reading “Square Breathing”

Get Grounded

Grounding is a mindfulness tool that helps us “detach from emotional pain” by “focusing outward on the external world” (Lisa Najavits, Ph.D.). When someone experiences a trigger and needs to pull themselves into the present moment and out of their body sensations, grounding activities help them do this. Look at the baby bird in theContinue reading “Get Grounded”

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”

Life Hacks: Skin Picking

Excoriation Disorder refers to an obsessive-compulsive type disorder that involves picking at the skin, often until it bleeds. It can be damaging to the skin and embarrassing for those who struggle with the behavior. Evidence-based treatments for the disorder include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Habit Reversal Therapy, and antidepressant medication. Whether someone meets the criteria andContinue reading “Life Hacks: Skin Picking”

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”

I Don’t Want To Be Bad: Kindle Edition

When I first looked into self-publishing I Don’t Want To Be Bad, it was important to me to go the paperback route because I pictured it as something people could hold in their hands, dog-ear, and mark up as they desired. I also wasn’t sure how to best format this type of book for anContinue reading “I Don’t Want To Be Bad: Kindle Edition”