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Play Skills for Parents

When teaching a class on play therapy, I teach and quiz my students on basic skills of being a child-centered play therapist.  I also discuss using these same skills with the parents of my children clients to help decrease problematic behaviors

Preparing for a Move

So, we are at the tail end of moving houses right now … hence the lack of blogging.  Up to our eyeballs in boxes … to the point where organization has no meaning (even though I thought I really tried!) and

Balancing Being a Therapist & a New Mom: Questions from a Therapist Mom-To-Be

I’m doing a little bit of freaking out about all I have to do and plan before the baby comes.  How long would you recommend taking off for maternity leave? I can’t afford to take any time off but since that

Coloring: Why it’s important

My cousin, and close friend, sent me this question about her 3 year old daughter …. Seeing as Samantha has a new-found love of coloring with crayons, and drawing, and will literally do it for over an hour at a time

Celebrating A New Life: The Twelve Gifts of Birth “Sprinkle”

Nothing is more magical than life … creating life, nurturing life, bringing a new life into the world.  I think it is essential to celebrate these moments and the women involved. Last weekend I threw a small shower (we called it

Filling My Bucket

I TRULY love being a mom more than anything else in the world.  I also love my role as wife.  And love my job as a psychologist.  I love being able to help, care for, inspire, nurture.  But I also have
Sunrise over Lake Huron

54321 Relaxation Technique

For most of us, it is the start of a brand new year.  School is starting and bringing lots changes for many of us.  New schools, new grades, new teachers, new friends, new schedules, new expectations. New and change = increased

iPhone Apps: For Moms to Love

I … am an iPhone lover.  My husband gave me one for Christmas 2010 … and I’ve been attached to it ever since.  I have found it to be extremely helpful tool in keeping many things in my life organized and

Simple Ways to Improve Your Relationship with your Child: Keeping the P.E.A.C.E.

I wrote this article over a year ago and it was published in a local newspaper.  It outlines many of the basic principles I believe are important about parenting … so since I’m starting this blog, I thought I’d share it