How LGBTQ+ Teens Can Benefit From Support Groups


How LGBTQ+ Teens Can Benefit From Support Groups

Programs that support LGBTQ+ youth are essential for the health and well-being of young members of the LGBTQ+ community. According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 69% of all LGBTQ+ youth stated they were persistently sad and hopeless as of 2021. This was compared to 35% of heterosexual youth who reported feeling this way....[ read more ]

What is Play Therapy?

When children require support for emotional or behavioral problems, working with a therapist can be helpful. Therapists can help children to resolve emotional problems, develop coping skills, and express their feelings. While most people probably imagine traditional talk therapy methods, in which a therapist and client sit in an office and have a conversation, there are other methods of therapy. ...[ read more ]

Cultural Sensitivity in Therapy for Trauma: A Guide for Therapists

Most therapists are well-trained in the treatment of trauma, but what might be lacking is an appreciation of the need for cultural sensitivity in trauma therapy. Certainly, trained therapists value cultural competence, but it is not always simple to put this concept into practice when treating trauma. After all, trauma is complex, and we spend much of our time learning...[ read more ]

DANCE MOVEMENT THERAPY – Connecting Mind and Body

What is DMT? Dance/movement therapy (DMT) is defined by the American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA) as the psychotherapeutic use of movement to promote emotional, social, cognitive, and physical integration of the individual, for the purpose of improving health and well-being.  Created in the 1940s, DMT is a holistic approach to healing based on the empirically supported assertion that mind, body,...[ read more ]

Is It Ever Too Late To Address Childhood Trauma as an Adult?

The negative effects of childhood trauma can last into adulthood. After all, the ACE Study, which has explored the impact of negative childhood experiences, such as not having enough to eat, being exposed to parental substance abuse, or being a victim of traumas like physical and sexual abuse, has shown that adults who have a history of these negative events...[ read more ]

Attachment Issues in Children: Signs, Symptoms, and Interventions

Sometimes, when children struggle with mental health problems, it’s because they’re coping with a seemingly common issue, like separation anxiety or ADHD. For some children, though, a label like anxiety or ADHD doesn’t adequately capture their symptoms. In the case of a child who has a history of trauma, neglect, or extreme stressors, attachment issues may be at play. If...[ read more ]

How is ADHD Diagnosed and Who Can Diagnose It

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder is a relatively common mental health disorder in children and teens. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 9.8% of children aged 3 to 17 have ADHD. If you have a child who shows symptoms such as difficulty focusing or staying seated, you may worry that they have ADHD. Plenty of Internet resources can provide...[ read more ]

The Many Ways that Sandtray Therapy Can Foster Healing

When people hear the word “therapy,” they probably imagine going to a therapist’s office, sitting on the couch, and sharing their feelings while the therapist helps them to process. While this is the most common form of therapy, there are alternative methods. One such method is sand tray therapy, which allows people to articulate their emotions through the use of...[ read more ]

Struggling with Childhood PTSD? How Animal and Pet Assisted Therapy Can Help

As society becomes increasingly trauma-informed, the availability of treatments and supports for PTSD is increasing. While talk therapy can be beneficial for those living with PTSD and other trauma-related disorders, sometimes, alternative or adjunctive approaches are needed. One such option for childhood PTSD is animal and pet-assisted therapy.  What Is Animal Assisted Therapy? Animal-assisted therapy, sometimes called pet-assisted therapy, involves...[ read more ]

Psychoeducational Assessments: When to Know if One is Right for Your Child

When your child is having difficulty in school, you may not know where to turn. If you’re exploring options, you might benefit from seeking a psychoeducational assessment for your child. This tool allows you to identify your child’s areas of strengths and weaknesses, so you and the staff at your child’s school can develop a plan to ensure that your...[ read more ]