Using Reinforcement to Promote Child Behavior Change

From a behavioral psychological perspective, behavior is maintained by positive and negative reinforcement. This means that behavior is more likely to occur as the result of the consequences that follow it. Positive reinforcement occurs when … Read more

Psychotherapy and Chronic Pain

Developing chronic pain can interfere with your enjoyment of life, your ability to work, and your relationships with the people you love. It is a helpless feeling knowing that pain is an unavoidable reality and … Read more

Battling Rumination

“Rumination” is something that we all do. Ruminating is when we replay a memory of something (usually negative) in our minds, even though the actual negative moment has passed. These kinds of thoughts could include … Read more

When Telehealth Works…and When it Doesn’t

Reflecting on the last year of Telehealth practice with clients from preschool through graduate school, there have been many instances where Telehealth is an amazing mental health tool. There have also been some clear examples … Read more

When to Seek Professional Help for Anxiety

Everyone experiences anxiety in some form. Each of us have different situations or things that trigger an anxiety response (e.g. spiders, airplanes, giving a speech, wearing a bikini at the pool, etc.). For children and … Read more

Recognizing Depression in Children

Diagnosable depression (e.g. Major Depressive Disorder) is the most common mental illness across the world. In children, depression looks different than it does in adults. Children often present with lower energy and more irritability. Depression … Read more

Recognizing Signs and Symptoms of ADHD in Children

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has two flavors: inattentive and hyperactive. Some children present with one more than the other, and some present with both. What was once called “ADD” is now part of the overarching … Read more

Grief in Development Stages

Grief is a normal reaction to the death of a loved one, which is experienced across cultures. Grief can manifest in many ways, based on the bereaved person’s developmental stage, family/cultural norms, relationship with the … Read more

3 Strategies for Promoting Healthy Sleep

During the COVID pandemic, many people are struggling to maintain healthy sleeping habits for a variety of reasons. Our work and social lives increasingly rely on screens, our homes (and sometimes bedrooms) may now be … Read more