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Child Therapy, DBT, Teenagers

A Parent’s Guide to DBT Skills Groups

When kids struggle with poor emotional regulation, their moods shift between lashing out and withdrawal. When this happens, it is incredibly difficult to understand what is actually going on. Let alone what you can do to help. If you're child experiences these intense emotions, they may benefit from a DBT skills group like the ones we offer at Montgomery Country Counseling.

Joanna Strait, prenatal mental health specialist
Child Therapy, Parent Coaching, Videos

Live Instagram: Prenatal (and Postnatal) Mental Health

At MCCC we work with so many adolescents and their parents at the later stages of parenting. But since we know that ALL aspects of mental health are connected and related, we wanted to bring attention to the earlier life stage of parenting. What happens for parents in the early stages of parenthood is impactful throughout the entire life span. So back in October we hosted an amazing conversation with perinatal mental specialist Joanna Strait, LISCW/LCSW-C. Watch it here or read all of the highlights below!

brain fog image of distressed cartoon boy struggling with anxiety and adhd
Adults, Child Therapy, Teenagers, Videos

Live Instagram: Anxiety and ADHD

As a therapist who works with anxiety in teens pretty often, I regularly see the overlap between anxiety and ADHD diagnoses. One of my big "soap box" moments is talking about how the behavioral symptoms often look so similar in small children. Misdiagnoses are common and medicating with stimulants makes anxiety worse! So in an interest to get to the bottom of this, I interviewed Dr. Lindsey Dogali to talk about the difference and the overlap in anxiety and ADHD! Watch the video below or scroll down for a breakdown of the interview with timestamp intervals for every topic!

depressed preschool child holding a teddy bear
Child Therapy, Guest Blogs

Guest Blog: Mental Health of Preschoolers

Therapy? For a 3-year-old? They are so young. What could they possibly be depressed or anxious about? I often get these questions from friends and family who find out that I work with young children. The reality is that kids as young as 3 are being diagnosed with serious mental health conditions, including anxiety and depression. Current research estimates about 2% of preschoolers meet criteria for depression or anxiety.

Brittany LaFleur of Your Best Self Therapy talks about preparing for virtual learning
Child Therapy, Covid-19, Teenagers, Videos

Live Instagram: Preparing for Virtual Learning

Montgomery County Public Schools are starting in just one week! Brittany LaFleur of Your Best Self Therapy and I sat down for a conversation about how kids and families can be preparing for virtual learning. We covered everything from physical space to socialization, and reducing friction between parents and children! Watch the video below or scroll down for a breakdown of the interview with timestamp intervals for every topic! Just like I said last time, I am AMAZED at how much ground we covered! Seriously!

child on computer during virtual learning
Child Therapy, Covid-19, Teenagers

Another Day, Another Computer Meeting

Tips for Young People Who Are Starting Online Learning We’ve all felt that itch. That antsy feeling of knowing we have hit our limit of sitting behind the computer.  It’s hard! And as school approaches you might be being faced with more time behind the computer. This means more time for distractions to get the best of you. So what can you do to set yourself up as best as you can?!

my teen asked for therapy
Child Therapy, Parent Coaching, Teenagers

My Child or Teen Asked for Therapy

Some kiddos start therapy because their parents want it for them. Other times, it's because they have asked for it! Those are rare but special moments and it is very important to take the request seriously. Here's a list of why you should start as soon has your child or teen has asked for therapy!