Child Therapy

10 Ideas to Engage Kids in Learning Over the Summer

During the summer, we find more time to relax, vacation, and loosen the reins on strict rules while school is out. While rest and recharging are incredibly important, finding ways to blend that with family time, learning, and some fun can help keep kids’ minds engaged and ready for the return to school in the… Continue reading 10 Ideas to Engage Kids in Learning Over the Summer

cartoon depicting screen addictiion
Adults, Child Therapy, Parent Coaching

Let’s Talk About Screen Addiction

The need to limit our screen time is real. Even prior to the pandemic, mental health professionals have recognizing that children, teens, and even adults are increasingly at risk of becoming addicted to their screens. So, it leads us to wonder, how many hours per day are acceptable? How do we separate work and school screen time from entertainment? What devices should my kid be allowed to use before bed?

collection of words that represent DBT and DBT treatment
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.