Telehealth Activity: Zoom Buddha Board

One thing from my in-person office that I have not been able to replicate in telehealth sessions has been my Buddha Board. (You can see a demonstration of the Buddha Board here.) When I use art in therapy, I encourage clients to focus on the experience of creating rather than on the final product. TheContinue reading “Telehealth Activity: Zoom Buddha Board”

Telehealth Activity: 8 Ball Pool

When I interned in a residential setting, a lot of kids bonded and had great therapeutic moments around a pool table. We could play teams with a group or have a casual one-on-one game while talking about a larger issue. A pool table is something that I never thought would be practical for my therapyContinue reading “Telehealth Activity: 8 Ball Pool”

Sleep Hygiene: Creating Routines

I wrote last week about the factors that contribute to quality sleep hygiene. Specifically, I talked about creating routines around when you go to sleep and when you wake up – as I mentioned, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to sleep hygiene, and the most important factor is determining what works best for you, theContinue reading “Sleep Hygiene: Creating Routines”

Making Therapeutic Moments: Adds

I wrote before about what makes an activity therapeutic, using the premise that an attentive and creative therapist can get therapeutic benefit out of almost anything with the right attitude. In my telehealth and kids training, I say: “It is not my job to do a specific therapeutic activity; rather, my job is to takeContinue reading “Making Therapeutic Moments: Adds”

Telehealth Activity: Riddles

A client recently introduced me to some YouTube channels featuring videos of various riddles for us to solve together. Bright Side has several compilation videos of riddles, and 7-Second Riddles has compilations prompting you to guess who is lying. There are others you can search for, but I have found both of these very helpful.Continue reading “Telehealth Activity: Riddles”

Long-Term and Short-Term Reinforcement

When I was an undergraduate student, I took a class on learning and behavior. I do not recall if it was required for the psychology major or an upper-level elective that I chose, but it was a fascinating course. The professor ended up advising me for my capstone project teaching rats to push buttons. ItContinue reading “Long-Term and Short-Term Reinforcement”

App Review: Breathe 2 Relax

Today’s mental health app was developed by the Defense Health Agency: Breathe 2 Relax. I love that there seems to be no shortage of apps to teach coping skills, deep breathing, and mindfulness – you can try them all out and see which one is the best fit, which one uses language that you resonateContinue reading “App Review: Breathe 2 Relax”

Telehealth Resource: Board Game Arena

Today’s telehealth resource is not a specific activity but a platform with a whole bunch of games to choose from. Board Game Arena even has some games I have shared before on a new platform with different options, which is great for tailoring activities based on individual needs. For instance, I talked before about howContinue reading “Telehealth Resource: Board Game Arena”