Sand Tray Therapy

At my first practicum site, the director told us that we were welcome to use any child-friendly intervention we deemed appropriate except for sand tray because she didn’t want to deal with the mess. Well, Dr. Karen Fried found a way to not only eliminate the mess associated with sand trays but also make thisContinue reading “Sand Tray Therapy”

What Do Risk Assessments Look Like?

Content/Trigger Warning: Suicidal Ideation September is Suicide Awareness Month, so my best friend, Cirien, helped me create a mock risk assessment. Many people wonder what it looks like if you tell your therapist you are having suicidal thoughts that you don’t want to act on, so I created this video to show how I respondContinue reading “What Do Risk Assessments Look Like?”

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”

Scattegories

When I think of Scattegories, I think of my first job at a dry cleaner. On slow days, one of my co-workers would get it out of her car, and we would play to pass the time. This is a game that I actually didn’t use in my pre-COVID-19, in-person therapy practice, but it isContinue reading “Scattegories”

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”