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Get Your Kids Moving to Combat Diagnoses!

In this video, Dr. Hicks talks about research revealing that a holistic approach, that aligns with Play Therapy, is effective in combating common child diagnoses. Before you accept a pediatrician’s diagnosis, and medicate your kids, consider this simple, more natural approach! Hi, I’m Dr. Brenna Hicks, founder of The Kid Counselor and Play Therapy Parenting. […]

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Stop rewarding negative behavior!

Many parents don’t realize that the way they respond to their kids is actually REWARDING their NEGATIVE behavior! In this video, Dr. Hicks explains what this looks like, and how to implement a play therapy technique to prevent rewarding negative behavior. Hi, I’m Dr. Brenna Hicks, founder of The Kid Counselor and Play Therapy Parenting. […]

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The Top 3 Most Preventable Behavior Problems

Dr. Brenna discusses the top 3, most easily preventable reasons kids display behavior problems.  So before reacting, mentally go through this list to see if you can quickly eliminate the cause for these top 3 reasons children misbehave. Hi, I’m Dr. Brenna Hicks, founder of The Kid Counselor and Play Therapy Parenting. Today I wanted […]

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The “Magic” of Play Therapy

Sometimes, Play Therapy is described as “Magical” because people don’t know why it works so well, it just does. In this episode, Dr. Brenna explains how play therapy works by telling a story of one of her clients who worked through his issues through play. He did it at home… not the play room… and […]

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#badmom

A video that I had to record as a result of a simple bumper sticker on a car in front of me… and it is now my personal mission to make every parent claim positive and encouraging traits about themselves! Watch all the way to the end so that you can be empowered to fight […]

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How To Increase Your Emotional Vocabulary

The more you understand the “wheel” of emotions, the more you can help your child communicate what they are feeling accurately. In this video, Dr. Brenna Hicks introduces you to Plutchik’s Wheel of Emotions, and the theory of how it all fits together. You can use this knowledge to better Reflect Feelings to your child. […]

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The Importance of Learning to “BE” With Your Kid

In this video, Dr. Hicks explains why sometimes it’s okay to simply “be” with your kid. You don’t need to solve, explain away, or distract them from their current issue. Brenna gives several examples from her office, and from other Moms, how to meet the child in that emotional moment. Hi, I’m Dr Brenna Hicks, […]

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The Four “Pillars” of Play Therapy

The four “Pillars” of Play Therapy are the foundational skills that Play Therapy is built on. Dr. Brenna Hicks gives an overview and examples for each of these skills. This video is foundational training for any parent looking to add Play Therapy skills to their parenting “tool box”. Hi, I’m Dr Brenna Hicks, founder of […]

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All Feelings Are Valid

In this episode of The Play Therapy Parenting Podcast, Dr. Brenna Hicks talks about the play therapy skill, reflecting feelings, and why it’s okay for parents to simply reflect a child’s feeling back to them, and then stop! We tend to want to solve problems for our kids, or try to make our kids feel […]

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Roles in the Family

One of my favorite things about working with children and their families is the role that every member assumes. I can almost always identify which role a child has adopted in the family, based solely on what the parents describe about them in the first meeting. (more…)

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