Are You Doing Self-Care All Wrong?

The topic of self-care is one that has been discussed openly and often over the past decade. But for many, the concept of self-care is one that is still a bit mysterious, if not downright confusing. What Is Self-Care? First, self-care is a practice and a commitment we make to ourselves. It is any activity we do deliberately to support our physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Not only does the right kind of self-care improve our health and life, but it can also improve the relationships we have with others. Some examples of self-care might be: Creating better habits Eating… Continue Reading This Article

Teaching Kids Mindfulness: The Benefits and Easiest Ways to Do It!

“Pay attention!” It’s a phrase that is uttered dozens of times a week (if not more) in households where children between the ages of two and 18 reside. How is it that when they WANT to, oh say when they are playing video games or watching cartoons, kids can have a tremendous attention span. But at any other time, getting them to be present is harder than getting them to close the refrigerator door! While getting kids to pay attention can seem frustrating, there is an answer to the madness: mindfulness. Mindful Kids are Happier Kids Several studies have shown… Continue Reading This Article

So, your child has anxiety…

So, your child has anxiety… By: Stephonia Llewellyn, LMHC Many of the children I see of late are suffering from anxiety. Many more of their parents are confused as to why they’re anxious. That’s the thing about anxiety – there is no definite reason as to why someone has anxiety. It can be triggered by a big event or a buildup of smaller stressful life situations – for example, a death in the family, a divorce, bullying. Anxiety is very common. Some facts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that approximately 4.4 million children aged 3-17 have… Continue Reading This Article

The Anxiety of Emerging

The Anxiety of Emerging By: Rick Cullen, LCSW You can relate The Mock Turtle’s rhyme: ‘Will you, won’t you…will you join the dance’ to our real-time need to rejoin life, of course using caution and safety. Many of us, though, have increased anxiety, and stress. How then to move forward? Mostly, accept that you have emotions, sometimes strong. While these may cause you discomfort, or even pain, learn how to ‘feel’ your anxiety – step outside yourself and experience the emotion. Use self-calming tactics you have learned from your therapist or books. Practice meditative breathing, guided imagery, exercise, and avoid isolation. Most importantly,… Continue Reading This Article

Grieving Educators

Grieving Educators By: Erin McKinney, LCSW As we are finishing up this virtual school semester, most of us are jumping for joy. This signifies the end of balancing working from home while keeping our children on track with their classes. Not only does this time bring an end to this stressful chapter, it also brings a multitude of emotions for us all. For the educators that I work with, there is a lot of sadness and stress presenting itself. The stages of grief can be applied here, as there are many aspects that our educators have lost. The stages of… Continue Reading This Article

Black Therapists for your Child

Black Therapists for your Child By: Stephonia Llewellyn “Do black people really come to therapy and tell you their business?” “Are there a lot of black therapists out there?” These are a few questions I get asked a lot. While I understand the desire to have a therapist of color for your child (especially if you are of color), it may not always be possible. I have previously had a Caucasian therapist and Latin therapist. Though not people of color, they were able to meet my needs. It’s important to ask necessary questions to ensure that ANY therapist would be… Continue Reading This Article

Let Them Play

Let Them Play By Stephonia Llewellyn If you walk into Target or Walmart they have entire sections, devoted to children’s toys. I’m certain you have said or heard someone tell their child, “put that down. You can’t play all day.” I am here to tell you, let your child play. Playing has many benefits. It can promote family bonding, if the family engages in a game night, or plays a game together. When children play, it can enhance their communication skills, encourage positive social skills, enhance academic skills and problem solving skills. They are additionally able to focus their energy… Continue Reading This Article

Are you experiencing quarantine fatigue?

Are you experiencing quarantine fatigue? By: Maria Garcia, LMHC Fatigue has become a topic of discussion during recent therapy sessions. Several clients, myself included, have noticed that fatigue levels have increased, and many even have added “but I am not doing anything… I don’t get it.” Honestly, I did not get it either. It took me a couple of weeks to realize what was going on in my body. COVID-19 has been a worldwide traumatic experience that has created a lot of uncertainty: financially, emotionally, physically, mentally and more. Trauma is defined as any event beyond a person’s ability to… Continue Reading This Article

Our Children and Covid-19 

Our Children and Covid-19 By Stephonia Llewellyn, LMHC Our children and Covid-19 put together can be anxiety provoking.  The COVID-19 pandemic has shook the world. With cases popping up everywhere, masks being required by some counties, people losing their jobs and schools being closed, it is a traumatic event experienced by all in one way or another. Most mental health disorders begin in childhood, making it essential that mental health needs are identified early and treated. Mental health disorders are often triggered by a traumatic experience. during this sensitive time in child development. We often forget about our young ones. We… Continue Reading This Article

Signs Your Child May Need Therapy

Signs Your Child May Need Therapy By: Stephonia Llewellyn There are specific signs tone child may need therapy.  I  am often asked “how do I know if my child should see a professional?”. It is important to note that it is normal for kids to have ups and downs, but how do you know if your child is struggling with something more serious? And when should you seek professional help? Here are a few things that if noticed in your child, a call to a local therapist may be warranted. ▪️Your child begins feeling bad about herself or himself, less… Continue Reading This Article