How Does Therapy Help Teens?

During these formative years, teenagers are developing their identity, exploring their place in the world, and where they stand in situations and with other people.  Each of these on their own, and altogether, can be stressful, overwhelming, and confusing. Therapy can help teenagers make sense of their inner and outer worlds, and how all of it fits together. What does therapy help? How they view themselves: It’s […]

Mental Health vs Mental Illness

The terms mental health and mental illness are used as if they are the same thing; however, these refer to separate concepts and have different definitions. What is the difference? Mental health refers to overall health and well-being. This can include the following: The degree of happiness of an individual If an individual feels fulfilled in […]

How Does Therapy Help Anxiety?

What is it? Where does it come from? Anxiety is an automatic response to stress.  In fact, humans evolved to worry about safety, which helped us to steer clear of any threat, prepare for future danger, and ultimately, survive. Some amount of anxiety is natural and can be helpful. Experiencing nervousness before public speaking is normal and can help the person prepare for their presentation. Increased hypervigilance […]

Benefits of Play Therapy

Play is important to a child’s development. Through play, children learn about their environment, test their skills and limitations, and learn how to engage with the world. Play therapy is the go-to treatment for children 5 years old and younger; however, it can be provided to children of all ages. Why play therapy? Play is how young children communicate because they […]

Benefits of Group Therapy

What is it? Group therapy includes at least one therapist and multiple group members who meet at the same time.  Group therapy can be for specific ages, such as children, teens, or adults, as well as for those who share a common challenge or struggle, such as grief/loss, parenting, communication skills, LGBT+, or mental illness, to name a few. The length […]

Grounding Techniques

Grounding is a strategy that helps when an individual is experiencing emotional distress. Grounding helps the individual separate from emotional distress in order to take back control and focus on the present moment in a healthy, safe way. What does it help? Grounding can help individuals who experience anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder, to […]