Parents, there are many difficult conversations you need to have with your child. No doubt, talking about suicide is somewhere at the top of that list. It’s a conversation that you need to be ready for, though. According to a recent report by the CDC, suicide is now the second leading cause of among teens … Continue reading How do I talk to my teen about suicide?
Awhile back, we spoke with faculty at UMKC about student stress and suicide risk. Suicidality among college students is a very real concern, and the additional stressors brought on by COVID-19 serve to exacerbate what is already a vulnerable psychological state. As September is Suicide Prevention Month, here is a simple guide of what to … Continue reading Suicidality and Suicide Prevention Month
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 can lead to increase feelings of overwhelm. Adapting to an advancement in grade level and a stricter schedule than you may have had during the summer months can cause stress, even for younger kids. When in the classroom, kiddos don’t have the opportunity to exit the situation and decompress by themselves. It … Continue reading Tackling Back-to-School Jitters
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?!
For so many of us, August marks a time of change, a beginning or ending, or a shift from one life phase into another. Some of us return to school, leave home for college, or begin a new job. August is the long kiss goodbye to summer as our bodies and minds prepare to shift … Continue reading Increasing our Interoceptive Awareness to Cope with Change
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
One recurring theme that I seem to encounter with many of my clients is that they grew up in households where emotions were rarely discussed. Now, as older teens and adults, they are ill-equipped to deal with the strong emotions that come from many of life’s twists and turns. They want to “feel better” and … Continue reading Social Wellness: Family Bonding Through… Reading?
Healthy friendships are a common focus for my clients of all ages. Here are a handful of things we discuss in therapy that might be helpful for you or a friend you know. My clients range from ages 10 to 72 and they all talk about friends. They have meaningful friendships which offer support and … Continue reading Social Wellness: 5 Tips for Healthy Friendships
In therapy, we are always talking about boundaries. Here’s a quick summary on what boundaries are, why they’re important, how to set and stick to them, and even some examples of healthy boundaries. WHAT ARE BOUNDARIES? Boundaries are the invisible lines that we draw in order to keep ourselves safe. You could think of boundaries … Continue reading Setting Boundaries: Putting Self-Care into Action