Make your own “Feel Good File”

              The “Feel Good File” is a simple and effective activity that encourages combating negative thinking patterns and boosts self-esteem by providing a physical place for yourself and/or your child to store positive, loving words of encouragement and affirmation. The purpose of creating a feel good file is to practice challenging the negative thoughts thatContinue reading “Make your own “Feel Good File””

The many layers that make you, you

Before starting this exercise, make sure you are in a safe, quiet space to for your self-reflective creative process. Take a moment to reflect on who you are in the world. How do you feel others who are first meeting you see you? How is the way you present yourself to someone you are firstContinue reading “The many layers that make you, you”

Celebrating Creative Arts Therapies Week!

Monday the 15th of March marks the beginning of National Creative Arts Therapies week! The creative arts therapies make a difference for tens of thousands of adults, teens, and children each year. Each of us here at CATS corner loves to integrate activities from all of the creative arts therapies into our work, whether itContinue reading “Celebrating Creative Arts Therapies Week!”

Why I Stopped Using the Phrase “Attention-Seeking”

“She’s just throwing tantrums to get attention. Ignore her.” I hear it all the time in sessions. Parents are exhausted, overwhelmed, and frustrated. Whether their child is displaying a mild behavior such as whining or begging, or something more serious such as physical aggression or self-harm, parents often describe their child’s behaviors as attention-seeking. EvenContinue reading “Why I Stopped Using the Phrase “Attention-Seeking””

The Longest and Most Boring Conversation in the History of the Universe

Hey there! Is it just me or is it getting more difficult to keep the attention of children with ADHD and/or autism? Now more than ever, children are struggling to focus in school or at home. I notice it even in my counseling sessions. It’s a challenge to stay on-topic and on-track. I understand- thereContinue reading “The Longest and Most Boring Conversation in the History of the Universe”

Exploring Love Languages

As February is a month generally associated with love, I thought it would be a great opportunity to discuss love languages. I love using the love languages with my teenage clients because it allows them to gain insight into their behaviors within relationships and encourages them to advocate for what they need to feel supportedContinue reading “Exploring Love Languages”

The Adverb Game

The Adverb Game is fun drama game that works on skills such as creativity, observation, grammar, and emotional identification. This game is ideal in group settings and can be adapted for a variety of different age groups, populations, and/or cognitive abilities. The game is simple. First, start out by creating a list of adverbs whetherContinue reading “The Adverb Game”

Guided Meditation for Letting Go of Tension

When I have clients who struggle with traditional meditation, I often suggest that they try guided meditation. I love guided meditation because it incorporates purposeful dialogue that leads you through the meditation experience and can help you to stay engaged. A simple YouTube search can produce hundreds of guided meditation videos about a variety ofContinue reading “Guided Meditation for Letting Go of Tension”

I Can Still Dream: Creating safe space for children to process racism

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day! Today on CATS Corner we are learning an activity to help create a safe space for our small clients. Talking about racism and discrimination is scary- even for adults. For kids, they may not know the words to express intense emotions related to what they have seen or directlyContinue reading “I Can Still Dream: Creating safe space for children to process racism”

An Introduction to Therapy!

Happy 2021! What better way to celebrate a new year than investing in your mental health and considering finding a therapist? Now, don’t get me wrong, choosing to pursue therapy can be a scary endeavor. However, it is my hope that this video will help you to understand how you can prepare for therapy, whatContinue reading “An Introduction to Therapy!”