Lifting Black Voices: LGBTQIA+ Intersectionality

Intersectionality is defined as “an analytical framework for understanding how aspects of a person's social and political identities combine to create different modes of discrimination and privilege.”  The term was coined by UCLA School of Law and Columbia Law School professor Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw.  In counseling, we are asked to consider the intersectionality of our clients’ experiences to better serve them, particularly … Continue reading Lifting Black Voices: LGBTQIA+ Intersectionality

Using Validation to Fight Seasonal Depression in Children

It’s January. The glitter and excitement of the holidays are over, and the days are still short and cold. Parents, it won’t be long before you start hearing those six words that fill you with dread: “I’m bored! There’s nothing to do!” Okay, time to be honest. When you hear “nothing to do”, is your … Continue reading Using Validation to Fight Seasonal Depression in Children

The Biggest Barrier to Your Child’s Mental Health?

According to a report by the National Research Council and Institute of Medicine, somewhere between 14%-20% of young people a year experience some sort of mental, emotional, or behavior disorder a year.  The report goes on to highlight the importance of early detection and intervention in order to minimize the impact of the disorders.  Mental … Continue reading The Biggest Barrier to Your Child’s Mental Health?

Back to School: Pack Up the Pencils, the Papers … and the PIE?!

So, my pandemic project has been learning how to bake pies.  Armed with a recipe from the internet and high hopes, my first attempt was… passable, but only just (see below).  As I anticipated, the dough was tricky. I had been tempted multiple times during the process to just give up and say, “I can’t … Continue reading Back to School: Pack Up the Pencils, the Papers … and the PIE?!