PSP 093: How to Help Anxious Kids Deal with Big Family Gatherings

PSP 093: How to Help Anxious Kids Deal with Big Family Gatherings

v   SIGN ME UP!   How to Help Anxious Kids Deal with Big Family Gatherings It’s that time of year again. Big family gatherings. Cue up the noise, the chaos, the triggers and the picky eating. Perhaps you might even get a side dish of insensitive comments or unsolicited judgement. Does your heart start palpitating just at the thought? If so, you are not […]

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Ask the Child Therapist Episode 100 Kids Edition: Is Anxiety in Children Common? Helping Kids Realize They are Not Alone.

Ask the Child Therapist Episode 100 Kids Edition: Is Anxiety in Children Common? Helping Kids Realize They are Not Alone.

v   SIGN ME UP!   Is Anxiety in Children Common? Helping Kids Realize They are Not Alone. One thing that prevents kids from working on anxiety is….embarrassment. To work on anxiety, kids have to admit there is an issue. For some kids that is too much. They don’t believe anxiety in children is common.   They feel embarrassed to have anxiety. They feel like […]

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PSP 092: How to Help Kids with OCD or Anxiety Who aren’t Motivated to Help Themselves

PSP 092: How to Help Kids with OCD or Anxiety Who aren’t Motivated to Help Themselves

You’ve read all the books. You’ve joined all the Facebook groups. You’ve started therapy. Now if your child would just get on board with the whole process – they can really make progress with their issues. But they won’t. They refuse to talk about it. They refuse to fight it. They refuse any and all help. How are you supposed to help kids with OCD or anxiety if they don’t want to help themselves?

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Ask the Child Therapist Episode 99 Kids Edition: Is Your Child Quick To Beat Themselves Up? | Dealing with Negative Self-Talk

Ask the Child Therapist Episode 99 Kids Edition: Is Your Child Quick To Beat Themselves Up? | Dealing with Negative Self-Talk

v   SIGN ME UP!   Is Your Child Quick To Beat Themselves Up? | Dealing with Negative Self-Talk Is your child quick to beat themselves up? Always taking the blame? Always self-hating? Many kids fill themselves with guilt, shame and anger when they make mistakes. Regardless of the situation, they turn their anger and disappointment inward. It’s difficult to watch kids be so hard […]

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PSP 091: How to Boost Your Child’s Self-Esteem

PSP 091: How to Boost Your Child’s Self-Esteem

Anxiety can rob our children of many things. It can rob their happiness. It can take away their ability to be carefree. And it can stifle their self-confidence. Luckily it is not all bad news. Parents can teach their kids to fight anxiety. And they can help boost their child’s self-esteem in some simple ways.

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Ask the Child Therapist Episode 98 Kids Edition: Is Bloody Mary Real? How to Help Kids with Legends

Ask the Child Therapist Episode 98 Kids Edition: Is Bloody Mary Real? How to Help Kids with Legends

v   SIGN ME UP!   Is Bloody Mary Real? How to Help Kids with Legends As a child therapist I spend way too much time talking about Bloody Mary. This is an elusive ritual that is supposed to produce a screaming bloody ghost from a mirror. It is a urban legend that continues to torture kids decade after decade. Kids all want to know […]

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PSP 090: How Do I Help My Anxious Child with Anger Problems

PSP 090: How Do I Help My Anxious Child with Anger Problems

If you have a child with any type of anxiety, you are more likely to have a child with anger problems as well. This makes sense. Anxiety is like a pressure cooker. Stress and worry build up over time and eventually it boils over. And when it does – it isn’t pretty. Many parents I work with ask, How do I help my child with anger problems?

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Ask the Child Therapist Episode 97 Kids Edition: Teaching Kids to Beat Fear by Moving Towards It.

Ask the Child Therapist Episode 97 Kids Edition: Teaching Kids to Beat Fear by Moving Towards It.

If you have a child with Anxiety or OCD in your home, you probably also have fear living there as well. Fear loves to cozy up with our kids and boss them around. Sometimes it can seem too daunting to beat fear. Fear can seem omnipresent and all powerful to our little people (and sometimes ourselves as well).

I teach kids that they don’t have to take big swings at fear to win. Fear can swing back and knock them off their feet. But I do teach kids that they can push back. They can make fear wait. They can poke back at fear and move towards it instead of away from it.

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PSP 089: How Do I Help My Child with Perfectionism

PSP 089: How Do I Help My Child with Perfectionism

It can be so hard to watch your child beat themselves up. To watch them set standards to high, no one would be able to achieve them. To berate, insult and demean themselves. How are you supposed to hep a child with perfectionism?

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Ask the Child Therapist Episode 96 Kids Edition: Teach Kids How to Deal with Social Anxiety

Ask the Child Therapist Episode 96 Kids Edition: Teach Kids How to Deal with Social Anxiety

Social Anxiety can make a child or teen feel unwanted, ignored and judged. I know this because I was that kid once. Heck, I was that grownup once. It’s not fun and it can completely destroy your outlook on life. So, how do you teach your child how to deal with Social Anxiety?

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PSP 088: Three Things You Can Do When Parenting a Child with Social Anxiety

PSP 088: Three Things You Can Do When Parenting a Child with Social Anxiety

Having a child with Social Anxiety can be rough for the whole family. You might be dealing with a child who refuses to go to school. A child who spends much of their energy refusing to go places. A child who, if they could, would love to blend in with the wall.

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Ask the Child Therapist Episode 95 Kid Edition: How Do I know If I have OCD?

Ask the Child Therapist Episode 95 Kid Edition: How Do I know If I have OCD?

One of the most common questions I get asked is, “How do I know if I have OCD?” This question comes from parents, and it even comes from kids directly.

People don’t get OCD, so there is major confusion when trying to figure out if you have OCD or not. Parents often waste valuable time because they don’t recognize the signs of OCD.

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Interview with Chris Baier Producer of Unstuck: An OCD Kids Movie

Interview with Chris Baier Producer of Unstuck: An OCD Kids Movie

For OCD Awareness Week, I sat down with Chris Baier, the Producer of Unstuck: An OCD Kids Movie and asked him the most common questions I get from parents raising kids with OCD.

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PSP 087: Three Things I Want You To Know About Childhood OCD

PSP 087: Three Things I Want You To Know About Childhood OCD

OCD is a confusing disorder and parenting a child with OCD can be a struggle. Here are three things I want you to know about childhood OCD.
In honor of OCD Awareness Week I am making this week’s podcast about the three most important things I want you to know about childhood OCD.
Don’t forget to spread your own experience and knowledge about living with OCD this week. Share your story and use the hashtag #RealOCD. The more we share, the more we educate.

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Ask the Child Therapist Episode 94 Kid Edition: Helping Kids Who Won’t Throw Anything Away!

Ask the Child Therapist Episode 94  Kid Edition: Helping Kids Who Won’t Throw Anything Away!

Is your child a “saver.” Do they have drawers and buckets full of “treasures?” Do they have a huge meltdown if they have to get rid of anything? If you have a child who won’t throw anything away – it might be good to start addressing the issue early.

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