Written by: Amy Bryant I will never forget the first time I went to therapy. I was going through a divorce and desperately trying to save my marriage. I cannot remember why or how we ended up with the therapist that we did but I did not do any research beforehand. I simply followed blindly … Continue reading HOW TO FIND THE RIGHT THERAPIST FOR YOU
It seems like every year the summer season gets shorter and shorter, and before you know it autumn hits (or what passes for autumn in Texas). For many adults this shift doesn’t significantly affect their day-to-day routine. However, for children this change is often huge. Gone are days filled with camps and vacations (or if … Continue reading Back to School Basics: Setting the Stage for a Great Schoolyear
Written by: Kate Hill Parenting isn’t for the faint of heart: it requires a high demand on time, energy, and attention in caring for the kids and the family. Unfortunately, this usually means that parents’ own needs will take a backseat and are quite often neglected. When parents stop caring for themselves, stress can cause … Continue reading Parent Self-Care 101: Trust me, your kids will thank you
Written by: Carol Vieth (Master Level Practicum Student) If you are a parent, you probably heard from your child’s pediatrician early on, to limit your child’s screen time. This was a recommendation because of the negative effects that can occur from too much time in front of the screen. There is an abundance of research … Continue reading Summer is Here: Let’s Get Rid of Screen Time
IDEAS THAT ARE BUDGET FRIENDLY AND BRING YOU TOGETHER AS A FAMILY Summer is coming up soon, it’s easy to think about all the sun, fun, and the relaxing benefits of summer vacation. While vacations can create lasting memories of fun, laughter, and enjoyment, not all families have the money (or time!) to travel. Additionally, … Continue reading 14 Summer Activities to Strengthen Family Relationships
Written by: Erin McCall, M.S., LPC-Associate To say “it’s been a year” is an understatement. Just a year ago, webraced ourselves for what we thought was a temporary adjustment.Little did we know, it was more than temporary and lately it’s been away of life. We have become so normalized with safety precautionsand social distancing one … Continue reading Are we there yet?
Written by: Bailey McAdams, M.Ed., LPC With the unwelcomed anniversary of the start of COVID-19 upon us, I am reminded of the great losses we have experienced. As of this writing, COVID-19 has killed at least 549,000 in the US, disrupted everyone’s lives, battered the economy, caused tremendous political division, and has impacted emotional and … Continue reading Emotional First Aid in the Pandemic: 4 Ways We Need It
Written by: Jennie Fincher, Ph.D. You might be asking yourself, “How can playing a game, like Dungeons & Dragons, be helpful?” As someone who had never played D&D, when I first heard about it as a therapeutic tool, I only had the name to make assumptions of what it was…I guess there will be something … Continue reading Therapeutic Role-Playing Game: Group Benefits
By: Matt Nolan Role-Playing Games are a popular form of games that people throughout the world play. Role-Playing Games or RPGs come in many forms in both video game, board game, and table-top formats. Examples of RPGs are Dungeons & Dragons, Warhammer, or World of Warcraft. This type of game provides opportunities for players to … Continue reading Therapeutic Benefits of Role-Playing Games
By Ashley Geerts-Perry, M.S. The day after Thanksgiving at my house means the tree is going up, lights are getting hung, and Hallmark Christmas movies won’t leave the TV until December 26th (okay, you got me… Hallmark was on long before Thanksgiving). For most children, the Christmas season means one thing…SANTA! While standing in line … Continue reading Dear Santa…Should my Children Believe in You?
“We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep.”― William James As soon as October ends it seems the whole world goes into overdrive preparing for the upcoming holiday season. Christmas lights go up, stores start advertising their Black Friday deals, and people start preparing for the next two … Continue reading ‘Tis the Season to Stay Connected
By: Erin McCall, M.S., LPC-Associate (Supervised by Jennie Fincher, Ph.D., LPC-S) “If you want to live an authentic, meaningful life, you need to master the art of disappointing and upsetting others, hurting feelings, and living with the reality that some people just won’t like you.” —Cheryl Richardson When people talk about boundaries, they usually think about … Continue reading Creating Healthy Boundaries
Written By: Kaitlin Cross, MS, LPC Adolescence can be a challenging time for many teens as they figure out who they are and who they want to be. For many, this journey is filled with self-doubt, insecurity, and challenges as they search for their place in the world. Though teens may not say this directly … Continue reading 10 Ways to Boost Self-Esteem for Teens
Author: Bailey McAdams, M.Ed, LPCLength: Six minute read Imagine yourself lying peacefully asleep in your bed in the dead of night and then being bolted awake by the piercing, deafening shriek of your smoke detector sounding.One second passes.Two seconds.Three seconds.Four.Five.You sit up in your bed, your groggy brain reeling, trying to make sense of what’s … Continue reading Four Ways That Creating a Family Safety Plan Will Improve Your Mental Health
As a child of the 90’s, I grew up with some of the best dads that sitcoms and movies had to offer (Full House had FOUR father figures!). In fact, it was often the father figures who served as single parents to children across popular media at the time. (Fun fact: some of Disney’s most … Continue reading Five Feature Film Fathers and What They Can Teach Us About Parenting
Have you ever heard someone say something like, “only weak people go to counseling,” or “you aren’t a real man if you go to counseling,” or “first responders should be tough and going to counseling means they shouldn’t be doing their job,” or maybe even “only crazy people go to counseling”? Are any of these … Continue reading Break the Stigma
With all the changes over the past couple of weeks and feelings of uncertainty related to COVID-19, we here at North Texas Counseling Associates thought it would be helpful to provide some resources to help stay connected, talk to your children about COVID-19, and tips to manage stress and anxiety. Tips for Staying Social: Although … Continue reading Talking to Your Kids About COVID-19
By: Dr. Jennie Fincher, PH.D., LPC-S The brain is an amazing and complicated organ. We absolutely need it live and more importantly, we need it to function well to live well. There are three main types of emotion regulation systems: threat system, drive system, and soothing system. All mental health problems are related to an … Continue reading Runaway Brain: Making Sense of My Emotions
By: Bailey McAdams, M.Ed., LPC As we approach Valentine’s Day, we generally think of our loved ones and begin our annual stress fest of what to buy them to “show our love.” We often neglect to think of the health and well-being of the relationships themselves. As a therapist that works with all ages, I … Continue reading Parent’s Navigation Guide to Healthy Teen Relationships
By: Daniel Mark, M.S Habit is habit, and not to be flung out the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time. – Mark Twain Many people chose to make New Year’s resolutions, such as lose weight, eat better, quit smoking, watch less TV, exercise more, be kinder, save money, etc. … Continue reading A New Look at Resolutions
By: Kaitlin Cross, MA, LPC-Intern The Power of Gratitude With the holidays quickly approaching, I am reminded of the importance of gratitude. Research shows the benefits of practicing gratitude are nearly endless. Robert Emmons, psychologist and author of Thanks!: How the Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier, states several advantages to practicing gratitude including: Gratitude … Continue reading The Power of Gratitude
By: Bailey McAdams, M.ED., LPC Signs, Symptoms, and Strategies As this school year kicked off, I am reminded that never before in the 15 years I have been a counselor, have I seen so many stressed out kids. I am currently seeing more and more children and adolescents with symptoms of anxiety and depression related … Continue reading School Stress SOS
Therapy with Dragons: How Roleplaying Games Can Help with Social Skills, Problem-Solving, and Stress Management
by Alana H. Fondren, M.A. “You wake up in a forest clearing. You have no memory of how you got there. As you sit up and look around, you see three other individuals who also seem just as clueless and dazed as you. You reach down to your belt, but you realize your sword is … Continue reading Therapy with Dragons: How Roleplaying Games Can Help with Social Skills, Problem-Solving, and Stress Management
As a parent and a counselor for children, one of my biggest fears as my oldest entered kindergarten this year was that she would encounter the dreaded “bully”. Growing up, we have all experienced that child, but somehow, it’s different when it’s your child preparing to enter a world that you have very little power … Continue reading How to be “Unbullyable”
As parents, we try to ensure we do what is best for our children. As they grow we try to lead them, teach them, and mold them into young people that can think for themselves and make good decisions so that when the time comes for them to go out on their own, they have … Continue reading My teen must be faking, right?
I am burned out, I don’t know what is going on but I’m frustrated and angry when people ask me for help. I just want to be left alone. These are just a few of the things that one may be experiencing when they have compassion fatigue. Who gets compassion fatigue? I mean, it doesn’t … Continue reading My Give a Darn is Busted
Recently, my precious 2 ½ year old gave me a real test of patience. I’m not entirely sure that I would say I passed that test with flying colors. Allow me to explain… On this particularly beautiful day, my sweet child decided that going through the front door of the house was far preferable than … Continue reading Stop for a second – it’s OKAY.
STRESS! We all experience it, but did you know that stress may be affecting your health? Stress symptoms can affect your body, as well as your thoughts and feelings. If left unchecked, stress can lead to many health problems, like high blood pressure, obesity, and heart disease. Effects of stress on mood: Anxiety Restlessness Problems with … Continue reading We all experience it, but did you know that it may be affecting your health?
I’ve had many people look at me sideways when I tell them I’m a “play therapist.” And I get it. Conceptually, play therapy seems odd at first. Like, the two words on their own make sense just fine (Play? Okay. Therapy? Sure, no problem), but for whatever reason, when you put the two together, it … Continue reading What You REALLY Need: Toys that Promote Emotional Health in Children
You hear it every time you fly somewhere. If the cabin loses pressure, place the oxygen mask on yourself first, and then assist those around you. It makes sense, doesn’t it? If you pass out, how can you help anyone else? Are you even a little surprised to be reminded that the same is true … Continue reading Please Place the Oxygen Mask on Yourself First
When people hear PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder) many immediately think of soldiers and veterans, but PTSD can affect ANYONE from child to adult! What is PTSD? It’s a disorder that develops in some people after they have experienced or witnessed a traumatic, scary, or dangerous event. These events could include but are not limited to … Continue reading PTSD: More Common Than You Might Think
I recently watched a video presentation by Andrew Price, on the seven habits of highly effective artists. I like learning about people’s creative processes and this video did not disappoint. The speaker set out to learn a new artistic style and made a bet with his cousin that he could get a 1000 people to … Continue reading Six Habits of Effective Therapy Clients
When my daughter was around 3 my husband took her on a daddy/daughter date to the park. They almost always went to the park for these special dates and would return with huge smiles and lots of silly stories. However, on this particular occasion my husband told me that he witnessed an exchange between a mother … Continue reading R-E-S-P-E-C-T: It’s Not Just For Grown Ups
If you follow Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other social media site, you are treated to a feast of motherhood perfection. Photos of blissful babies sleeping while mom smiles happily down at her angel. (Mom’s makeup and hair are flawless, by the way!) Or maybe you’ve seen the blogs about the beautiful, perfectly healthy … Continue reading World’s Okayest Mom
Did you know that it is National Organization Month? Who knew? How many of you set this as a New Year’s resolution? “2017 is the year I get organized?” Does this sound familiar? One study done at UCLA found that the more stuff was in a woman’s house, the higher her level of stress hormones. This … Continue reading 6 Helpful Questions to Ask Yourself When De-cluttering Your Home