Telehealth Activity: Choose Your Own Adventure

I love creative interventions for therapy! One of my favorite things about telehealth is that it opens us up to even more options if we just think about things a different way. I was recently sent a link to this tutorial on how to create Choose Your Own Adventure stories using Google slides. It isContinue reading “Telehealth Activity: Choose Your Own Adventure”

Telemental Health with Kids Toolbox: Coming December 15, 2021

It’s happening! After more than a year and a half of telehealth with kids, gathering interventions, problem solving, troubleshooting, and technical support, I’ve compiled more than 100 kid-friendly telehealth interventions into a book. I also talk about how to create even more interventions for your own, personalized toolbox of telehealth activities. I owe the peopleContinue reading “Telemental Health with Kids Toolbox: Coming December 15, 2021”

Telehealth Safety Tip: Hand Signal

I interrupt your previously scheduled telehealth activity post with a safety tip! Yesterday, the New York Times shared the story of a young girl who had been kidnapped and signaled to another driver that she was in trouble using a hand signal. I recognized the hand signal as something I learned from a telehealth training,Continue reading “Telehealth Safety Tip: Hand Signal”

Interview with Dr. Pam Hall, Psychologist and Author

Recently, Dr. Pamela Hall, Ph.D., was kind enough to take the time to talk with me about her book, PTSD Unplugged. Dr. Hall is a psychologist who specializes in working with veterans who developed PTSD as a result of their service, and she has helped approximately 6,000 veterans through her work. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder isContinue reading “Interview with Dr. Pam Hall, Psychologist and Author”

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”