Praise for I Don’t Want To Be Bad

(It’s October 3rd!) I am so excited and pleased to share that I Don’t Want To Be Bad currently has a five-star rating on Amazon! I wanted to thank everyone who has shared, purchased, or reviewed. This is a lifelong dream come true for me and has given me the confidence to pursue other projects.Continue reading “Praise for I Don’t Want To Be Bad”

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”

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”

Mancala

“Mancala” refers to a group of board games that originate in Eritria and Ethiopia, but most Americans think of one specific variation when we hear this term. In therapy, this game helps kids with strategy and executive functioning, and I was excited to learn that it was available online for use in telehealth sessions. ThisContinue reading “Mancala”

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”

The Chicken or the Egg: Depression and Withdrawal

One thing many people already know about depression is that people who are depressed often withdraw socially. While it’s true that social support is an important component of alleviating depression, this sometimes gets misconstrued as, “If I want to help my loved one, I need to force them to be in social situations.” You mightContinue reading “The Chicken or the Egg: Depression and Withdrawal”