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”

Making Therapeutic Moments: Adds

I wrote before about what makes an activity therapeutic, using the premise that an attentive and creative therapist can get therapeutic benefit out of almost anything with the right attitude. In my telehealth and kids training, I say: “It is not my job to do a specific therapeutic activity; rather, my job is to takeContinue reading “Making Therapeutic Moments: Adds”

Telehealth Activity: Riddles

A client recently introduced me to some YouTube channels featuring videos of various riddles for us to solve together. Bright Side has several compilation videos of riddles, and 7-Second Riddles has compilations prompting you to guess who is lying. There are others you can search for, but I have found both of these very helpful.Continue reading “Telehealth Activity: Riddles”

Telehealth Resource: Board Game Arena

Today’s telehealth resource is not a specific activity but a platform with a whole bunch of games to choose from. Board Game Arena even has some games I have shared before on a new platform with different options, which is great for tailoring activities based on individual needs. For instance, I talked before about howContinue reading “Telehealth Resource: Board Game Arena”

Telehealth Activity: Virtual Roller Coaster

I continue to be amazed by the new doors that telehealth opens for me in my practice. Virtual backgrounds, Google Earth vacations, and Minecraft are just three things I never would have thought to use in my sessions before I went online. Necessity breeds innovation, as they say. I am sure you have heard aboutContinue reading “Telehealth Activity: Virtual Roller Coaster”