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 […]Read more
5 Myths About Children’s Counseling
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 […]Read more
ADHD: Should I medicate my child?
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 […]Read more
Jack and Jill have ADHD
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 […]Read more
National Play Therapy Week!
National Play Therapy Week, Feb. 2-8 Licensed mental health professionals throughout the United States are reminding the public of the value of play, Play Therapy, and Registered Play Therapists during National Play Therapy Week, Feb. 2-8. Play is our first language, according to the Association for Play Therapy (APT), the national professional society that advances […]Read more
Play Therapy Works!
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 […]Read more