Parenting

  • Adjustment,  Behavioral Challenges,  Child Therapy,  Parenting,  Self Esteem,  Teen Therapy

    Why Extracurricular Activities are Imperative

                Extracurricular activities are any activity a child participates in outside the typical school curriculum. They can be based on a goal and often serve a specific purpose. These activities include sports, competitive teams,  clubs, volunteer programs, or performance art activities. Most schools offer extracurricular activities, but they can also be found in your community! There are many reasons why getting your child involved in extracurriculars is so important for their growth and development. Let’s take a look at the top five!    Better Physical and Mental Health  Physical extracurriculars like sports and clubs can motivate children to exercise and stay active. These clubs can…

  • Anxiety and Depression,  Parenting,  Teen Therapy,  Teens During COVID-19

    Redefining Success: Prioritizing Mental Health in Tumultuous Times

    A common concern brought to light in therapy is the tendency for clients to be too hard on themselves, to be too rigid with their expectations, or to fall prey to all or nothing thinking. These thoughts might sound like “It’s not good enough”, “This is not how I pictured it”, “If I don’t get an A, then I might as well fail”, or “That person is so good at it, I must be awful”.  As a therapist, I often find myself trying to help my clients be kind to themselves rather than bullying themselves into performance. We try to find the line between being self-motivated and self-critical.   These common…

  • Anxiety and Depression,  Parenting,  Self-Harm,  Teen Therapy,  Trauma

    The Misconceptions Behind Self Harming Behaviors

    Self harm is on the rise* in the US and around the globe. Yet many misconceptions around the behavior continue to persist. These misconceptions often lead to missed opportunities to intervene and provide proper treatment. It also leaves those who self-harm feeling stigmatized and ashamed to ask for help.   What is Self Harm?  Self-harm is the more commonly used word for Nonsuicidal Self-Injury (NSSI). Mental health professionals use the definition of NSSI from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5): the deliberate, self-inflicted destruction of body tissue without suicidal intent and for purposes not socially sanctioned, includes behaviors such as cutting, burning, biting and scratching skin.  While the…

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