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What is Play Therapy?

Posted on 16 February, 2019 at 22:00 Comments comments (1)

Originally posted in Psychology Today online, author unknown, 2019

Although sometimes used with adults, play therapy is a psychotherapeutic approach primarily used to help children ages 3 to 12 explore their lives and freely express repressed thoughts and emotions through play. Therapeutic play normally takes place in a safe, comfortable playroom, where very few rules or limits are imposed on the child, encouraging ...

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EMDR and Trauma

Posted on 7 November, 2018 at 15:50 Comments comments (0)

It can be difficult to explain how Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) can help with trauma.  I want to share an article written by my EMDR supervisor and consultant who is a pioneer in EMDR and attachment trauma.  I think she provides a comprehensive explanation for how EMDR works. If you have any unanswered questions or want to inquire whether EMDR therapy might be a good fit for you or your child please email [email protected]

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The Benefits of Mindfulness for Adolescents

Posted on 15 April, 2016 at 14:15 Comments comments (0)

You may have heard about mindfulness from a friend, in a self-help book or in your yoga class. There is a rapidly growing body of scientific evidence supporting mindfulness as a way to reduce stress and its negative consequences on the body and mind.

Mindfulness is also an effective way for tweens and teens to learn to cope with excessive worries, anxiety, perfectionism and everyday stress. How does it work? Training in mindfulness helps children recognize their own ...

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The Power of Parental Acceptance

Posted on 20 February, 2016 at 0:10 Comments comments (0)

Over seventy years ago, Dr. Carl Rogers first presented his revolutionary theory of unconditional positive regard at a conference for educators and psychologists at the University of Minnesota (Raskin, Rogers & Witty, 2011). Dr. Rogers hypothesized that acceptance was the basis for mental health and rejection was the basis for psychological disturbances. Accepting your child as they are is one of the most powerful influences on a child’s emotional well-being. Children who are r...

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Understanding the Teenage Brain

Posted on 17 January, 2016 at 15:40 Comments comments (0)

There are a lot of books out there on parenting and so from time to time I like to review my favourite books to make the job of choosing easier for parents.  I am a big fan of the work of Dr. Dan Siegel, and whole heartedly recommend all of his books.  His most recent release Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain challenges parents to re-frame their thinking about a teenager's behaviours during this age and stage. A little about the author; Dr. Siegel is a clinical ...

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