Any Piece of Media Can Be a CBT Intervention

I have talked before about what “makes” an activity have therapeutic value and how this description grows and changes over time. As I have said many times, in therapy sessions, I am not there to make a certain intervention happen; rather, my job is to take whatever happens and make that thing therapeutic. This isContinue reading “Any Piece of Media Can Be a CBT Intervention”

Telehealth Activity: Rush Hour

The first draft of my second telehealth book is submitted, and I am excitedly waiting for my editor’s comments. Of course, days after I submitted the manuscript, I found an online version of yet another game I have used in my in-person office. But that is why I started this blog, right? To offer resources.Continue reading “Telehealth Activity: Rush Hour”

PESI Presents: Trauma-Informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Children & Adolescents

Friends, I am pleased and excited to announce that PESI has scheduled me to present my newest continuing education course on April 29, 2022! Sign up now for Trauma-Informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Children and Adolescents. Discover how to integrate cognitive behavioral interventions and techniques with a client-centered and trauma-informed approach. Learn the underlying philosophyContinue reading “PESI Presents: Trauma-Informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Children & Adolescents”

Some Thoughts on Mindfulness

“Mindfulness,” in psychology, refers to activities and practices intended to bring your attention and awareness into the present moment. The aim is to be aware of your body, mind, and surroundings without judgment. It is also a term that has been thrown around to the point that much of the original meaning has gotten lost.Continue reading “Some Thoughts on Mindfulness”

Interview with Kevin Gruzewski, Recreation Therapy Consultant

Kevin Gruzewski is a recreation therapist who has worked with developmentally disabled adults as well as teenagers in the criminal justice system. I connected with Kevin through Amazon of all places! I was looking up my telehealth book, and under “Frequently bought together,” Amazon recommended Kevin’s book, Therapy Games for Teens: 150 Activities to ImproveContinue reading “Interview with Kevin Gruzewski, Recreation Therapy Consultant”

Clinical Documentation in Therapy

Today’s guest blogger comes highly recommended by Armani. Sarah Isaacs (aka @Sheologian) is an excellent therapist and personal friend. Earlier this week, in the midst of coverage of a particular harassment case, news broke that the victim’s therapist had turned therapy notes over to her university. The university showed her private therapy notes to herContinue reading “Clinical Documentation in Therapy”

How Vera Says “I Love You”

This post is inspired by all the kids I’ve met who do not show affection in a “traditional” way. I hope their parents can see and accept the way their children say “I love you” even if it is not the way they are used to. Remember Vera, the cat who gets scared by strangeContinue reading “How Vera Says “I Love You””

Therapist Seeking Therapist

Good therapists have therapists. They don’t necessarily have a standing weekly appointment until forever, but between addressing how their value biases impact their interactions with clients, getting treated for their own mental health diagnoses (a LOT of therapists have at least one mental health diagnosis, even if we don’t feel safe disclosing it), and managingContinue reading “Therapist Seeking Therapist”

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”