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.
For those not familiar with the DEARMAN DBT skill, it lives in the Interpersonal Effectiveness module. It is used to ask skillfully for what you want or need in such a way that increases the likelihood that the want or need is met.
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!
Chances are you’ve seen articles or news stories about how COVID-19 is disrupting many people’s ability to feel connected. Chances are that you haven’t just read about it but are also feeling the challenges that come with navigating a global pandemic. It is important to acknowledge the loss that we are feeling during these times. This article is created with all of us in mind. We are starting a list of ways we have been - and can continue to - find opportunities for social connection during the long haul of these ongoing covid-19 times. We are relying on you to add ideas below so we can grow the list and get outside of the box ideas!
Hello! My name is Alex Altman, a psychotherapist in private practice. I specialize in working with adolescents and adults struggling with body image concerns, disordered eating and anxiety. I’m thrilled to be guest-blogging here today about how to improve you body image! Here are 5 tips if you are struggling to improve your body image. Plus you can increase self-compassion along the way!
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!
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?!
Last week, I wrote about all the reasons why you should NOT reach out to your teen's therapist. Or at least not without your teenager present. Now I am here to talk about when you can and should be in communication with your teens therapist without your child involved.