What Causes Kids to Have Meltdowns: Childhood Emotional Outbursts
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What Causes Kids to Have Meltdowns: Childhood Emotional Outbursts

Understanding the triggers behind your child’s meltdowns can often feel like solving a complex puzzle. Classic childhood meltdowns are intense bursts of behavior that can include crying, yelling, and other forms of emotional release. They often occur because children have yet to develop the necessary language skills or coping mechanisms to properly express their feelings…

The Brainstorm: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Teenage Brain
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The Brainstorm: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Teenage Brain

Ah, adolescence—a time of growth, exploration, and seemingly endless changes. As parents, teachers, and mentors, we often find ourselves scratching our heads, wondering why teenagers act the way they do. Well, fret not! The secrets lie within the teenage brain, and it’s time for us to unravel the fascinating phenomenon known as the “brainstorm.” The…

Raising the Extraordinary: Nurturing Your Highly Sensitive Child/Teen
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Raising the Extraordinary: Nurturing Your Highly Sensitive Child/Teen

In a world that often celebrates toughness and resilience, it’s essential to recognize and embrace the beauty of sensitivity. If you’re a parent of a highly sensitive child or teenager, you have the privilege of raising an extraordinary soul with a unique and deeply perceptive perspective. In this blog, we’ll delve into the world of…

The Self-Care of Counseling for Parents
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The Self-Care of Counseling for Parents

Being a parent is one of life’s most rewarding roles. But it can also be extremely challenging! All parents could benefit from extra support sometimes. Counseling is a great way for parents to get that help. Here are some reasons it’s important for parents to receive individual counseling: 1. Gain coping skills. Parenting can be…

SPACE: Empowering Parents to Nourish Anxious Childhood Emotions
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SPACE: Empowering Parents to Nourish Anxious Childhood Emotions

Childhood anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) are common mental health challenges that affect many young minds. As parents, we play a pivotal role in supporting our children through these difficult emotions and helping them build resilience. SPACE (Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions) is an evidence-based, parent-focused treatment that helps caregivers with the tools to…

Postpartum Mental Health 
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Postpartum Mental Health 

Postpartum Mental Health  “I’m so overwhelmed. I don’t know what to do.”  “I can’t stop crying. I will never feel happiness again.”  “I am so angry, and I don’t know why.”  “I will lose it if I’m not able to sleep tonight.”  “I feel so alone.”  Does this sound familiar? Mood swings, worries, difficulty sleeping,…

Attachment and Attachment Problems
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Attachment and Attachment Problems

Maybe you have heard of a psychologist or doctor who uses the phrase “attachment.” They are not talking about attaching something to another thing, but rather the quality of the relationship between a parent and a child. This is the core foundation for a child’s expectation that the people they depend on will love and…

All About Parent Child Interaction Therapy
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All About Parent Child Interaction Therapy

What is PCIT?Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is a positive, direct, and intensive therapy that helps both parents and children work on their parent-child relationship. What are the stages in PCIT?There are a few stages to Parent-Child Interaction Therapy. The first stage is to gather information about the client’s behaviors and the parent-child relationship. This is…

Shame vs. Guilt
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Shame vs. Guilt

By Shannan Blum, LMFT, CCATP-CA Guilt and Shame can be confusing to many, and yet they influence our mental states and mental health. Understanding the difference between the two can be helpful in changing how we speak to ourselves in our own head (our self-talk). If we are parents, it can also be influential in…

Toddler Travel Toy Ideas – Screen-Free!
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Toddler Travel Toy Ideas – Screen-Free!

Like many families, we are gearing up for summer travel with kids. The parents we work with often ask for toy recommendations. Here are some recommendations from our therapists, for fun and portable toddler toys. These are easy for car and plane rides and great to use while on vacation! ⁠🚙✈️🚊⁠ ⁠My Quiet Book – …