Category Archives: Articles by Therapist

7 Steps to Raising Intuitive Eaters

Angela Youngs, PsyD Teach hunger/fullness cues.Throughout the day, especially during meal and snack times, prompt your children to check in with their bodies. Are they hungry? How do they know? What signals do their bodies send to them to alert them of hunger? How hungry are they? How do they know when they’re full? Prompting such

Sleeping Well During COVID-19

by Angela Youngs, Psy. D. What happens during sleep? When we sleep, our bodies are doing more than simply taking a break from the world. Sleep is a critical part of our day and is crucial to our functioning. During sleep, our bodies move through various stages. Our bodies need to move through these stages

The Three R’s of Anxiety Management

The Three R’s of Anxiety Management By Sushi Frausto, M.A.   Occasionally a child’s fear gets so big it’s difficult to manage in the moment.  This can be tough for the child and parents. When this happens, the child may experience tummy aches, a racing heartbeat, headaches, intrusive thoughts, hyperventilation, dizziness or other debilitating symptoms

How to Support an Anxious Child

How to Support an Anxious Child By Sushi Frausto, M.A. We all feel anxious sometimes.  It is normal and can be a helpful part of life.  But, for some kids, anxiety grows to a point where it is no longer helpful.  Their anxiety takes over and keeps them from experiencing a fulfilling and enjoyable childhood.

How to Help with Suicide Prevention

How to Help with Suicide Prevention by Tina Koeppel, M.S. Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC 6029)     Suicide prevention is an issue I’m passionate about – both professionally, as a therapist, and personally, as suicide has touched the lives of my loved ones. I’m so encouraged by recent progress in breaking down stigma, encouraging

It Takes Two to Co-regulate

It Takes Two to Tango Co-regulate By Sushi Frausto, M.A. Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT#101031)   We hear the word self-regulation a lot these days, but what does it mean? Self-regulation is the process during which we manage our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors in order in to meet our needs. It involves managing one’s

Art as a Way to Advance Higher Order Thinking Skills

Art as a Way to Advance Higher Order Thinking Skills By Sushi Frausto, LMFT Participating in artistic processes builds skills that can lead to success in many areas of our lives.  Being creative requires our brain to use higher order thinking skills.  Higher order thinking refers to complex thinking that requires numerous cognitive processes to

Art as Language

Art as Language: Enriching Communication Through Art By Sushi Frausto, LMFT To say art is a language is, in reality, a bit misleading.  Art is a process of communication that includes language but moves beyond the grammatical and linguistic limits of language.  Art is an overarching term often commonly used for all expressive and creative

Art as a Tool for Self-Regulation

Art as a Tool for Self-Regulation By Sushi Frausto, LMFT Self-regulation is a person’s ability to adjust, control and manage themselves in a given situation.  Self-regulation includes: Being self-aware of what is going on within yourself Modulating one’s emotional & physical reactions Adjusting to the situation Using one’s cognitive abilities to meet the task at

25 Weekly Groups for All Ages!

Give your child or teen – and yourself – the support needed to thrive! Dear friends and colleagues, I’m proud to lead our Child and Adolescent Group Therapy Program at the Institute. As you’re updating your schedules for 2019, we wanted to offer a helpful overview of our current group therapy options – in a

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