One of the hardest parts of being in private practice in the mental health field, is deciding whether or not to accept insurance. And then if you do, deciding which panels to get accredited by; in other words, what insurance will you try to take? For the practitioner, it's a lot of paperwork, and a … Continue reading Insurance: Woohoo or Woe?
Also known as, how to have loose boundaries. It's a phrase most of us are guilty of, especially in private practice, where we're trying to keep ourselves afloat, and help out clients without burnout. But it's a phrase we can't keep ourselves beholden to 24/7/365. Over the years, I've begun modifying that phrase, letting people … Continue reading Feel Free to Reach Out Whenever
No, not a description of this post. "15 words or less" is a tool I use with clients, whether they're children, teens, or adults. This tool comes in handy when people are upset or overwhelmed because their attention span wanes, and their ability to absorb and comprehend what's being said tends to lessen when the … Continue reading 15 Words or Less
As a follow-up to the previous post on sleep habits, I wanted to talk a bit more about how sleep can have an effect on the body. One study I came across states that people are more susceptible to contracting a rhinovirus (often referred to as the common cold) if they sleep less than 7 … Continue reading Practice What You Teach: Sleep Edition, Part Two
I will be one of the first to admit that I do not always practice what I teach, aka I tell clients how to get better sleep, yet do all of the things I tell them NOT to do. There is a smarTV (pretty great internet access, lots of viewing options) in my bedroom. I … Continue reading Practice What You Teach: Sleep Edition, Part One
Everywhere we turn, we're told we need to up our self-care quotas. Most of the messages saying that include, but are not limited to: bath bombs, going out for a coffee, going on a shopping spree, going out for drinks, splurging on that expensive concert ticket, etc etc etc. What does that all boil down … Continue reading Self-Care – What’s the Cost?
A hot topic recently with many of my client's caregivers has been executive functioning skills, or rather, the lack thereof, in their children and adolescents. So what is are they, and what makes them important? Executive functioning skills include: task initiation and completion, emotional control, working memory, attention, organization, impulse control, problem solving, self-talk, and … Continue reading Executive Functioning: What’s The Big Deal?