While the concept of therapy and counseling is becoming more mainstream in recent years, there is still a negative stigma surrounding it. This is why as a parent, contemplating the idea that your child may need therapy can feel overwhelming. These decisions aren’t easy, especially when you need to make them for your child. But do the benefits of the skills learned outweigh the negative stigma? Should you actually take your kids out of school to go to therapy?
I am sure you have heard about the trend in coloring books and doodling. You can go to your local bookstore, grocery store, and even toy store to find intricate and detailed coloring books. While those coloring books are beautiful and lovely (I have a few myself), they are not art therapy. Yes – even if some of those coloring books say “Art Therapy.” Art activities like coloring, making slime, worry dolls, calm jars and even crafting can be used in therapy sessions, but we call those experiences art as therapy. Art therapy is different.
Have you ever been told your “too emotional?” Maybe it’s been pointed out that you cry too much or can get overly moody. Have comments like that caused you to try to repress and hold in your emotions as much as possible? Today we want to talk about a type of therapy that puts your emotions front and center. Emotion-focused therapy is a modality of healing that aims to remove shame from emotions as it’s believed emotions hold the key to both identity and choice. Let’s feel our feels and dive in a little deeper into this type of therapy treatment.
Emotional support animals are quite popular in today’s world. Some days if feels like you can’t go anywhere without seeing one. They’re at the airport, shopping centers, and even some restaurants. With the rise in animal support popularity, we wanted to take a moment to discuss the original animal-based therapy, animal-assisted therapy (AAT), and the benefits animals can have in the rehabilitation of those with acute or chronic, physical and mental diseases.
It’s hard not to compare your life to others. And it’s hard not to imagine the different paths and futures your life could have taken. This is especially true if you feel as if you may be settling in certain aspects of your life. Perhaps you suffer from emotional trauma, physical pain, addictions, or feelings of numbness. Maybe your physical health isn’t as sharp as it could be. Maybe you’re holding onto feelings of sadness, anxiety, and discontent. But through EFT or emotional freedom technique tapping, you may be able to live a better life. EFT tapping is rather simple and puts your physical and emotional well-being back into your own hands! Read more
Dialectical behavior therapy or DBT is a kind of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). It focuses mainly on living in the moment, coping healthily with stress, regulate emotions, and improve relationships with others. Originally intended for those with borderline personality disorder (BPD), it has now been adapted for other mental health conditions.
They were a craze that most parents and teachers were getting sick of. “Fidget spinners” are small, ball-bearing devices that the user can rotate between his or her fingers. While they were first marketed as a tool for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, anxiety and autism, they are now banned in classrooms across the country. And while they have figuratively lost their momentum as a pop culture trend, there are still those who find the tool helpful.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy treatment developed by Francine Shapiro, Ph.D. in the late 1980s. It was originally designed to alleviate the distress associated with traumatic memories, such as with PTSD cases. Multiple studies show that those using EMDR can experience a quicker healing process. EMDR helps to remove emotional and mental blocks from the impact of disturbing events. Once this block is removed, patients can resume healing and move towards balanced mental health.