Trauma Assessment in Therapy

In my therapy office in Kansas City, “trauma” can refer to an event, resulting stress, and/or long-term effects a person experiences. Assessing trauma involves asking questions about exposures to life-threatening events and their aftermath.   ASSESSING TRAUMATIC EVENTS Traumatic experiences cause our brains to react emotionally and physiologically as if we are facing life-threatening danger.  Our brains … Continue reading Trauma Assessment in Therapy

What happens if I tell my therapist/counselor I’m having thoughts of suicide?

Before you read this article, please take care of yourself. If you need help to stay alive right now, please call 911. You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 anytime you need to talk or get ideas to cope.  If you have not told a professional about your thoughts of suicide … Continue reading What happens if I tell my therapist/counselor I’m having thoughts of suicide?

Back to School Basics: Learning Co-Regulation

Teachers, parents, coaches, other mentors, and therapists play a pivotal role in co-regulating with their students/children/clients/etcetera.  In an era of people experiencing more and more exposure to anxiety and trauma, co-regulation skills can make the difference between thriving and struggling.  Younger children need the most help learning self-regulation skills, but many older children and adults … Continue reading Back to School Basics: Learning Co-Regulation

Back to School: Adaptability, Tenacity, and Resilience

Ahh, summer break was filled with hot sunny days, lots of Netflix, and for many of my clients the opportunity to travel for the first time in over a year!  Although coronavirus changed what education looked like for many students, it also taught these students adaptability, tenacity, and resilience, which are all qualities I help … Continue reading Back to School: Adaptability, Tenacity, and Resilience