Internet Safety

Momo: Fact or Fiction and Does it Matter?

Recently, we became aware of the Momo Challenge. The story goes that Momo, a creepy and distorted looking being, contacts young children and prompts them via YouTube or the What’sApp Messenger platform to text an unknown number. Once engaged, they are given instructions to complete very strange tasks with the end result, the child hurting… Continue reading Momo: Fact or Fiction and Does it Matter?

Parenting, Stress, Trauma

Reconstructing Resiliency: 5 Steps to Supporting Stressed Out Children

Stressful situations, to an extent, are generally unavoidable and dependent upon what the situation is, can be considered traumatic. We're learning more and more about the effects of trauma; how it directs neurological input, shapes behavior, and how all aspects impact physical and mental health. When stressful and traumatic issues arise, we feel incredibly helpless… Continue reading Reconstructing Resiliency: 5 Steps to Supporting Stressed Out Children

Uncategorized

My Open Letter to the Health Underwriting Department of State Farm Insurance

When I transitioned to being 100% self employed, I very much wanted to replace the disability insurance policy I had with my previous employer. I’m known as someone who plans and prepares for things not likely (or never) to happen, but it makes me feel secure. So seeking a policy such as this fit that… Continue reading My Open Letter to the Health Underwriting Department of State Farm Insurance

Self-Injury

Self-Injury: Productive Tips for a Destructive Behavior

Originally published October 22, 2015 Self-Injury can be an overwhelming and confusing issue for those of us who work with children and adolescents who engage in this behavior.  It is a scary behavior and one that is hard to wrap our minds around. Here are some tips on what to do, or not do, if/when… Continue reading Self-Injury: Productive Tips for a Destructive Behavior

Thinking Styles

Inaccurate Impressions: Taking a Look at Unhelpful Thinking Styles

Throughout my career, I've almost exclusively worked with clients using a variety of techniques associated with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT); specifically developing an awareness of cognitive distortions. At its core, CBT is rooted within the model that an individual's perception or thought about an event is what triggers a response or reaction rather than the… Continue reading Inaccurate Impressions: Taking a Look at Unhelpful Thinking Styles