5 Things You Should Know about Your Diagnosis

A diagnosis is an important part of the first two sessions since it helps the therapist conceptualize the presenting concerns and treatment options by categorizing and naming symptoms.

Supporting Families Impacted by Stress and Trauma

When children experience a traumatic event, the entire family is affected. Often, family members have different experiences and emotional responses to the traumatic event.

High School Anxiety: Transitions & Triggers for Teens & their Families

Anxiety present at the beginning of a new school year as part of back-to-school-anxiety is common.

Types of Thoughts that Indicate Therapy Would be Beneficial

Intrusive thoughts can be described as unwanted thoughts that seem to come out of nowhere and are distressing. They may be connected to a real-life event such as a flashback after a traumatic event.

Mandated Reporting: Considerations for Providers Working with Children in the BIPOC Community

Since Black and Native American children are disproportionately reported and involved in child protective services in Minnesota, reading literature on topics such as systemic racism, ways to help break cycles and help children thrive, family preservation, kinship care, and building on the strengths of families is the first of many systems towards systemic change for everyone who works with children, but especially important when working with the BIPOC community.

“Systems” Involvement and Preservation of Black Families in Minnesota

As an early career mental health therapist, I worked predominantly with Black families with children who were involved in the “system” Most referrals for mental health evaluations and therapy came directly from the county for children working with child protective services (CPS) or juvenile probation.

Stop Blaming Yourself and Over-Apologizing

Negative and repetitive thought patterns are present in both anxiety and depression. There are many cognitive-distortions present in negative thinking. Many of these thoughts take the form of negative-automatic-thought (NAT) patterns.

Sex After 40

Sex drive changes through various ages in addition to the quality and quantity of sexual encounters.

“Second Puberty” in Adults

The Tanner-stages of sexual maturity ratings help provide guides for physical development changes.