Updated PCIO Files Walkthrough

As you probably know, I use the PlayingCards.IO platform to play many telehealth games with my clients. They have made some updates to their website, so I have made a new walkthrough for how to use these games, with a special guest appearance by Armani. (If you’re looking for more telehealth games to play withContinue reading “Updated PCIO Files Walkthrough”

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: Bad Ice Cream

Great news, everyone! The wonderful people at PESI asked me to write a Volume II to my Telehealth with Kids book! That does mean that the telehealth posts in this blog will probably be fewer and farther in between, as I will be focusing on putting together content for the book. Don’t worry, though –Continue reading “Telehealth Activity: Bad Ice Cream”

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”

Telehealth Activity: Poly Business (It’s Monopoly)

I don’t keep Monopoly in my in-person office simply because you cannot get through an entire game in a 45-minute session, but kids ask about it pretty frequently. I see therapeutic benefits – what game provides more opportunities to model and practice frustration tolerance than Monopoly? A great thing about telehealth is that there areContinue reading “Telehealth Activity: Poly Business (It’s Monopoly)”

Therapy with Teens: More Than “Just Talking”

I would like to thank my friend, colleague, and co-author of It’s About To Get Real Unprofessional, Katelyn, for sharing her expertise with us today. The following is from a thread that she shared on her Twitter and gave me permission to post here. I hear a lot from parents that they felt past therapyContinue reading “Therapy with Teens: More Than “Just Talking””

Telehealth Activity: Dance Party

There is more than one way to do a telehealth dance party! You can have a literal dance party where your client chooses a song, and you both rock out in front of your cameras. This can be a lot of fun but is also challenging because you have to try to stay in-frame. TheContinue reading “Telehealth Activity: Dance Party”

5 Essential Tips for Telehealth with Kids

With my new book’s release date fast approaching, I’ve put together five tips for your telehealth sessions. I wrote this piece for PESI’s website, and you can get two free telehealth activities there! Therapists are still reeling from the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic had on therapy. While sessions continued with telehealth options, gone wasContinue reading “5 Essential Tips for Telehealth with Kids”

Building a Therapy Practice: Finding Referral Sources

A couple of weeks ago, I was on a panel to discuss creating a therapy practice. Graduate programs do not really cover how to market yourself as a therapist or how to set up your own practice, which is incredibly annoying when you consider how much we paid to be there. Since I had toContinue reading “Building a Therapy Practice: Finding Referral Sources”