Neurodivergent: What is it, and Why Is It Showing Up in My TikTok?

I first heard of the term "neurodivergent" from a client, who had used it to describe her partner. Always curious, I asked her to elaborate while I took some notes. Later, when I looked into the term, I was pleasantly surprised by the wealth of information I found. The term "neurodivergent" refers to a viewpoint … Continue reading Neurodivergent: What is it, and Why Is It Showing Up in My TikTok?

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?

Suicidality and Suicide Prevention Month

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

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: 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?!