I enjoy writing and creating awareness about mental health related topics - particularly pertinent to parents, young women and other professionals in the field of psychology and/or education.
Are there more hidden messages to Stranger Things than The Upside Down? Hawkins can also be a place to learn about our mental health.
"Virginia Axline, a pioneer in the world of child play therapy, developed a list of attitudes that all play therapists should have. And, even though she has centered her work around the professional therapeutic relationship, I believe that most of these attitudes can apply to all parents. Especially, when playing with their children."
"I recognize that it's often difficult to have this emotional conversation with other people–especially if we've grown up to believe that emotional expression is a sign of "weakness"–but, I'd like to invite you to think about this. And, the next time you need to have this conversation, you already have a guide to managing it better."
"Talking about these topics is never easy, and it’s never comfortable. But, to prevent child sexual abuse, we must be constantly opening conversations around boundaries and consent. And when we do, we mustn’t allow shame, stigma, and silence to be a part of this conversation."
"I truly believe that if we start working at a preventive level –focusing on these three aspects– we can start to raise a more empathetic, kind, respectful and socially conscious generation of girls and boys. To me, this is the true essence of what feminist parenting is. Isn't that the kind of world we want for our sons and daughters?"
"How do we teach our children about something as complex as feelings? How do we establish this emotional vocabulary at an early age? What’s the best way to open a healthy conversation about how to identify, manage and express our feelings in a healthy way?
Here are my three favorite ways to play out feelings with your child."
Because feelings are so much more than "good" or "bad".
"We can’t learn how to be an ethical psychotherapist on social media if we put off starting. Be it a Facebook page, Instagram account, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube-or whatever social media outlet you choose – it just may be time to start!"
The holiday season is upon us. A time that should be an opportunity to cultivate values and traditions. Uphold those family customs our ancestors have established. Honor our festive spirit. However, we are living a heavyhearted reality: the time of children who are receiving too many gifts.
With so much going on around the world, we need to teach our children – the future generation of citizens – to not leave it to other people to speak up. As simple as teaching them “when you see wrong, you must speak up.” We must encourage them to do so, but also give them the tools to open this conversation constantly. And tools like books, toys, and play and help us do precisely that.