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Kids, Medical Procedures, and Play Therapy

Most of the time, parents come into my office because their child’s behavior is concerning. Typically, this is emotional, social, or behavioral in nature. However, it is interesting how many parents, when discussing the history and background of their children, bring up medical diagnoses, complications, procedures, or hospitalizations. More often than not, parents are not […]

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Acknowledging Your Child’s Feelings

As I have mentioned before, I am constantly aware of kids’ behavior, parent-child interactions, and the dynamics of families. Even on vacation, when I try to take off my child therapist hat in favor of one that blocks the sun as I lounge by the pool, I can’t escape the observations that pop into my head […]

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Empowering Kids to Do Great Things

We all want to make sure that our kids feel confident, brave, self-assured, and empowered to do anything that they want to. This is true for right now in childhood, but also in preparation for the future as adults. But, sometimes those positive messages are overrun by self-doubt, fear, worry, or low self-esteem. (more…)

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Helping Kids to Control Their Emotions

Staying in control of our emotions and not letting them control us is a challenge. Let’s face it – many adults still haven’t figured it out, yet we expect our kids to! Emotional regulation and self-control are learned behaviors that require teaching, understanding, and practice for little ones. Play therapy addresses this skill in two […]

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Four Goals of Misbehavior in Kids

I came across a sheet of paper in my files a while back that has a chart about children’s behaviors and parent interactions as a result of those behaviors. I actually have no idea where I got it or who might have given it to me, but I found myself reading it and thinking, “Wow, […]

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Kids’ Issues: Medication Vs. Play Therapy

For more than a decade, parents have come into my office and provided assessments, reports, diagnoses, and treatment plans regarding their children. Most often, they still really aren’t sure that they agree or accept everything that has been laid out on the table about their child, but they are coming to me for help. Many […]

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