Questions and Answers on Self-Injury

on September 9, 2015 Anxiety, Coping Skills, Social-Emotional Development, Trauma and Grief with 0 comments

I received these handouts while attending a training a few months ago.  Unfortunately, I see a lot clients who self-injure. Their parents often have lots of questions and misconceptions regarding the topic. I like this Q and A format and thought it would be helpful to share with parents and teachers.  I’ve also had conversations with teens […]

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The Iceberg

on February 3, 2015 Blog, Social-Emotional Development, Therapy with 0 comments

 I love to use the iceberg metaphor with my clients and their parents. The largest part of the iceberg is the part you can’t see.  Behind every child’s behavior is underlying “stuff:” feelings/emotions, interests/needs/desires, self-perceptions, hidden expectations, or unresolved issues from the past.  Metaphors can be very powerful in counseling, as they help us understand […]

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5 Myths About Children’s Counseling

on November 17, 2014 Play Therapy, Social-Emotional Development, Therapy with 0 comments

The following is a re-blog from Des Moines Parent Guest Contributor, Nicole Liudahl.  Nicole is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Play Therapist living in Texas. She was born and raised in Sioux City, Iowa. www.nicoleliudahl.com   Television episodes, movies, and social media often portray mental health counseling with an altered perception that is often inaccurate. Many […]

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ADHD: Should I medicate my child?

on October 22, 2014 ADHD, Blog, Social-Emotional Development, Therapy with 0 comments

Lately, I’ve been having a lot of discussions with parents regarding their concerns with ADHD medication. As a parent myself, I empathize with their struggle of whether or not to medicate.  I always suggest parents make a list of their pros and cons concerning medication. For example….a common fear among parents is “I don’t want my […]

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Jack and Jill have ADHD

on October 22, 2014 ADHD, Blog, Social-Emotional Development, Therapy with 0 comments
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Introducing Andrew…

on February 5, 2014 Blog, Play Therapy, Social-Emotional Development, Therapy with 0 comments

Adults talk…Kids Play! I get a lot of questions from parents… “Did he say what was bothering him?”, “Did she talk to you about missing her dad?”, “Is he mad at me?,”  In fact, a lot of times, I get these questions after my first session with their child.  This video does a great job […]

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Play Therapy Works!

on November 26, 2013 Play Therapy, Social-Emotional Development, Therapy with 0 comments

Why Play? When an adult seeks counseling, the expect to show up and talk about their problems. Some find it easy to do this, while others still struggle to make sense of their feelings.  An adult’s cognitive abilities, as well as their expressive language, are fully developed as compared to a child or teen. Play […]

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In Plato’s Words

on November 26, 2013 Blog, Play Therapy, Social-Emotional Development, Therapy with 0 comments
You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.Plato