Posts tagged child counselor in the heights
Bibliotherapy- Grief and Death

Bibliotherapy is a creative art therapeutic approach that uses literature to aid in the therapy process. Children’s books can be an excellent clinical tool to support children’s exploration and understanding of their world and life experiences. This is a great tool I often give to parents in order to continue the therapeutic work outside of the office. Many children identify with the characters in the book because they are overcoming the same obstacles.

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Bibliotherapy-Worry and Fear

Did you know that 7.1 percent of children struggle with an anxiety disorder? Many other children will struggle with stress and nervousness. If you suspect that your child is struggling with the aforementioned, bibliotherapy is a great way to introduce the subjects.

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School Readiness Camp: Frustration Tolerance and Communication Skills

 Welcome to the third and final week of my blog series featuring all six topics covered in Heights Family Counseling’s week long School Readiness Camp. This week’s blog will take a closer look at frustration tolerance and communication/listening skills. Below are links to 3 of my previous blogs.

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Co-regulation: Elementary Years

Through the elementary years, children gain insight on how to better control their emotions, behavior, and attention. Children gain the ability to cope with impulses and delayed gratification. Children begun to think about thought processes, emotion, and develop critical thinking skills.

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100 Coping Strategies

In the heat of the moment we often forget the coping mechanisms we learn in therapy. It's easy to forget to pause and take a deep breath. I wanted to give you this list to help you in those moments where taking a deep breath just doesn't do the trick. Here are a 100 coping strategies to choose from. Enjoy! 

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Is it Anxiety?

Research shows children can begin experiencing anxiety in early childhood. As adults, we often think of anxiety as evidenced by constant worry and fidgeting. While children may exhibit these symptoms, there are a number of others ways children experience anxiety. Anxiety presents itself in a plethora of ways, such as

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All Behavior is Communication

Listening to the behavior and responding to the emotion the child is trying to communicate is the path to fostering emotion regulation.

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Are we putting too much pressure on our children?

Pressure. I feel it, you feel, and our children feel it. We feel the pressure to succeed, the pressure to be the best parent, and the pressure to raise successful children. Our society has created this undue pressure to “be the best.” It is normal to see high schools placing pressure on good grades and getting accepted into desirable colleges.

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We are Bad at Knowing Ourselves – But Therapy Can Help!

For as long as I can remember, I have been obsessed with Greek mythology. I could not get enough of the deities and heroes of ancient Greece and their triumphs against evil with their awe-inspiring powers. In addition to being transfixed by the general magnificence of the gods (particularly the female ones; looking at you Artemis.), I was also drawn to another common figure within many of the myths: the sage. In Greek myths, the sage is there to provide prophecies, wisdom, and guidance, to our heroes on their various heroic journeys.

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Positive Psychology

Largely, I operate from a strengths-based perspective meaning that when working with clients I emphasize the positive and I collaboratively work with each client to find ways to encourage positive thinking patterns. A counselor operating from a strengths-based perspective helps clients identify their strengths, social supports, successes, and positive experiences in their life.

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Breathing exercise of the week!

The seamless exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide that keeps our bodies humming along. And even though it’s a process that is obviously incredibly crucial to our lives, it’s something we typically give very little thought to. It’s one of the hundreds of valuable processes that our bodies execute automatically, and, as such, requires very little of our conscious effort.

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The Powerful Influence of Parents During the Teenage Years

I was recently playing with my young children when my 5-year old asked me how something works. I don’t remember the exact question, but I can assume it had to do with technology, building Legos, or something else my mind just doesn’t want to comprehend. I responded with a smile and a “I’m not sure, but that’s a great question.” He looked at me straight faced and said, “That’s okay, I’ll ask daddy. He knows EVERYTHING!”

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