Child Custody and Mental Health Services for Children

Posted Posted in Children and Adolescents, Divorce, Family, Latest News, Parenting

Mental health services for children often depend on parental agreement, even if parents are not (or never have been) married Many times, psychologists and therapists offer mental health services to children from never married, separated, or divorced families.  At Hope Springs, we will ask about custody issues. There are several reasons for this, and they have […]

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Attachment Disruption: A Dangerous Consequence of Forced Separation Between Children and Parents

Posted Posted in Latest News, Parenting, Relationships, Trauma

Attachment disruption due to separation can have long-lasting effects on children.  The relationship between a child and her parent or primary caregiver is special.  This relationship functions to provide security that the child needs for emotional and physical health.  The presence of a reliable, stable caregiver allows the child to successfully achieve cognitive, physical, and […]

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How to Pick Appropriate Movies and Screen-Time Activities for Your Family

Posted Posted in Children and Adolescents, Latest News, Parenting, Screen Time

Sitting on the couch, eating popcorn, and watching a movie is a favorite family activity.  Many families enjoy watching movies and TV shows together.  However, a lot of parents have questions about sharing media with their kids.  How much screen time is too much?  How do you know if a movie is appropriate?  Here are […]

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What to Do About Suicide in Children and Adolescents

Posted Posted in Depression, Latest News, Mental Health, Suicide

Suicide in children and teens is a very frightening and potentially overwhelming topic.  As a result, parents often are not sure what to do.  Furthermore, parents frequently feel very scared and confused.  Sometimes, they even feel angry. If you, or someone you love, is ever in this situation with their child or teen, here is […]

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Marijuana Use: Science Facts Regarding Teen Use and Health

Posted Posted in Drug use, Latest News, Medical, Parenting, Self-care

In my work with adolescents, marijuana issues are occasionally discussed.  Sometimes, the teen has been using.  However, often she or he reports that other friends and classmates are regular users.  Frequently, I am told that it is easier for teens to buy marijuana than alcohol or cigarettes. Marijuana is a common drug that is used […]

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Coping with School Anxiety for Young Children

Posted Posted in Anxiety, Children and Adolescents, Latest News, Mental Health, Parenting, School

Children starting kindergarten or returning to elementary school often experience school anxiety. Think of it as starting a new job or returning to work after a long vacation. Here are some strategies to minimize school anxiety and help your children start a great school year! Getting Ready For School · Practice the skills your child […]

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Child Therapist Post: How to be a More Intentional Parent

Posted Posted in Children and Adolescents, Latest News, Parenting, Relationships

We hear a lot about how to be an intentional parent The word intentional means, according to Google, that something it “done on purpose; deliberate.” When we are an intentional parent, we are being thoughtful in how we raise our children. That we are looking forward to what we want out of life for our […]

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Child Therapist Post: Why Effective Discipline is Important for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma

Posted Posted in Children and Adolescents, Latest News, Parenting

Unfortunately, sometimes children have traumatic experiences.  As adults we try very hard to protect children.  The loss of a loved one, a serious illness in the family, a car accident, or learning about violence in the world are events that may be traumatic for children.  Trauma is a very individualized experience so the effects can […]

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Child Therapist Post: Why Yoga is Good for Kids

Posted Posted in Children and Adolescents, Latest News, Mental Health, Mindfulness, Parenting, Resiliency, Self-care

What is Yoga? Yoga is a series of physical poses that work to unify the mind and body. Also, yoga is an easy and fun for parents and children to do together. Kids benefit from yoga in many ways Yoga increases mindfulness Practicing yoga helps children to quiet their minds and better focus. By quieting […]

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Child Therapist Post: Social Stories Help Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Posted Posted in Autism, Children and Adolescents, Latest News, Mental Health

A social story is a learning tool that is used to help individuals with autism know what to expect and how to behave in new social situations. Often children with autism do not know what to expect in a new situation. A social story is a written guide that has pictures to provide the child […]

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