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””

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””

Emotional Thermometer for Anxiety

Emotional thermometers are a popular cognitive behavioral intervention for children and adolescents. It is often used to promote self-awareness and emotional intelligence. While it is often used to represent anger and physical aggression, it is also great to identify feelings and symptoms related to anxiety. The emotional thermometer for anxiety is used to increase awarenessContinue reading “Emotional Thermometer for Anxiety”

I-Spy Jars

I-Spy Jars are a fun and affordable way to create a “grounding” technique tool for any and all ages. Whether you or someone you know is dealing with emotional dysregulation, or you just need a “brain break”, an I-Spy jar can help bring you back to the present moment or help you practice staying inContinue reading “I-Spy Jars”

Using Story Cubes to Explore Roles

I love stories. Stories have the power to hold our hopes, our fears, and to make sense of the world around us. The stories your child creates have meaning. As a drama therapist, I naturally lean towards creating original stories with my young clients. One way that works particularly well for me in my practiceContinue reading “Using Story Cubes to Explore Roles”