Advice Versus Guidance in Therapy

“What do you think I should do?”. If I had a nickel for every time I heard this question in therapy I would be writing this post from my own personal island. Client’s often feel lost, confused, and conflicted. They may be attending therapy to find the answers to very difficult questions. They may feel…

Never Say This To A Teen Or Young Adult Battling Depression

Recently I was in session with a teenage client and their mother had joined for part of it. This client has been struggling with social issues, isolation and poor self-esteem, among other issues. The client’s mother appears to be a good parent with good intentions, however, she made a familiar statement during the session, a…

The Most Ironic Phobia Ever

There are a TON of phobias out there because, well, people can be afraid of literally anything. A fear of ants? Myrmecophobia. A fear of chins? Geniophobia. A fear of vampires? Sanguivoriphobia. It is the truth, there is a phobia for anything and everything you can possibly think of. Phobias should not be taken lightly,…

A Technique To Help Children Clean Up After Themselves

Children are messy. They get paint on the walls, their toys all over the floor, crayons on the table, you name it. “How many times do I have to tell you!” you might hear a parent scream after multiple failed attempts to have their child pick up their toy dinosaurs. It can be very frustrating,…

Hey Parents, Video Games Don’t Have To Be Evil

Children attend therapy for all kinds of reasons. I counsel children to help address their traumas, depression, anxiety, social problems, ADHD and the list goes on. Most times, parents have to be involved in the therapy because, obviously, they are a huge component in the child’s mental health, alongside being their physical caretakers. There’s a…

Let’s Introduce Ourselves

Who am I and why am I here? These questions tend to induce a great amount of existential anxiety at the core of a person and there is no doubt in my mind that you have thought about it before. Before we go down that road, let us take the road traveled more often and…