Back-to-School Anxiety: What Parents and Professionals Need to Know

As summer heat waves break records across the country, many kids and teens have already started preparations for the upcoming school year. Given the many months of learning at home, virtual school, hybrid education, and socially-distanced classes (or some combination of all of these), students are in for another strange and anxiety-provoking back-to-school season. Here … Read more

Social Skills

After over a year of togetherness with family, social distancing, and online learning, children and teens have a big challenge ahead: returning to the classroom and their social worlds. For some kids, the move back to larger social groups, school routines, and time with peers will be a relief and source of joy. Yet, for … Read more

5 Tips for a Mentally Healthy Summer for Kids & Teens

The Memorial Day holiday marks the start of the summer for many students. While summer usually means lower stress levels without the pressures of school and extracurriculars, it can be the perfect time to focus on mental health. Here are five ways to support kids’ and teens’ mental health this time of year:  Make a … Read more

Behavioral Activation for Teens

Behavioral activation (BA) is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy, designed to treat depression. It is a targeted, uncomplicated behavioral treatment that targets patterns of avoidance and sets us up for opportunities for positive reinforcement (or “pleasant experiences”). BA is a program that is brief and teen-led. Your therapist is available to provide you with … Read more

Top Ten Teletherapy Tips for Kids & Teens

Top Ten Teletherapy Tips for Kids & Teens Written By: Dr. Erika Vivyan Much of the mental health community is moving to teletherapy.  While some parents and providers have experienced this type of therapy before, for many it’s brand new! Here are 10 teletherapy tips to help kids and teens get the most out of … Read more

Camp Courage Reflections: Part III

Camp Courage Reflections: Part III Written by: Samantha Myhre, PhD Many of us remember arriving to summer camp when we were young. Just thinking about it can bring back that butterfly-in-the-tummy feeling. Our thoughts might have been something like “What are we going to do each day?”, “What will the food be like?”, “Will I … Read more

Camp Courage Reflections: Part II

Camp Courage Reflections: Part II written by: Mary Katherine Callaway, LMSW There is nothing more heart-warming than witnessing children and teens cheer one another on with giddy enthusiasm, encourage their peers to overcome their fears by opening up about their own stories of courage, and share deeply thoughtful and wise lessons from their hearts with … Read more

Is my Teen Just Being a Teenager?

Is my Teen Just Being a Teenager? By Lauren Garfield, LMFT Your teen has withdrawn to their room, the light is off, their face illuminated by the glow of their phone. You bravely pop your head into their room and let them know dinner’s ready, but they don’t respond. You ask what’s wrong, and get … Read more

Social Media, Smart Phones, and Adolescents

written by Lauren Garfield, LMFT It’s a familiar scene: you pick your teen up from school and try asking about their day, but their face is buried in their smartphone, and you get grunts or, at best, one-word answers. You know that the lure of their friends is partly to blame, and the internet is … Read more