How to Talk to Your Teen About Attending Therapy

Posted by Venée M. Hummel, LCSW on Jan 15, 2020 10:26:50 AM

You have identified that your teen can benefit from professional mental healthcare, and you’ve already scheduled the first appointment with a mental health professional. These are important first steps to have behind you. And as you now await that initial appointment, if you have not already done so, talking with your teen about attending therapy is very important.

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Topics: Children's Mental Health, Parenting Kids With Mental Illness, Getting Treatment

What Does a Mental Health Diagnosis Mean for You and Your Child? This 4-Step Process Can Help You Adjust

Posted by Venée M. Hummel, LCSW on Dec 19, 2019 5:09:51 PM

Following a mental health diagnosis for your child, you may feel concerned, uncertain, and even fearful. On one hand, you finally have some answers. On the other hand, it opens up a world of new questions and emotions.

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Topics: Getting Support, Parenting Kids With Mental Illness, Military Families, Getting Treatment

A Parent’s Guide to Early Intervention for Psychosis in Children

Posted by Julia Marie Hogan on Dec 19, 2019 3:29:44 PM

Has your child been acting differently lately? Did they used to be organized, outgoing, and actively involved in class and social activities but have recently become withdrawn and disorganized? Have they even started sharing strange thoughts and ideas?

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Topics: Children's Mental Health, Parenting Kids With Mental Illness, Is My Child Sick?, Getting Treatment, Drug use

Types of Therapy Available for Your Child

Posted by Julia Marie Hogan on Nov 25, 2019 12:33:31 PM

It’s a common misconception that psychotherapy is a one-size-fits-all type of treatment (i.e., everyone undergoes the same kind of therapy). But there are actually many different types of mental-health treatments available to your child, ranging from traditional “talk therapy” to play therapy to many specialized variations of treatment.

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Topics: Children's Mental Health, Parenting Kids With Mental Illness, Getting Treatment

Does My Child Have an Eating Disorder?

Posted by Julia Marie Hogan on Feb 12, 2019 12:51:00 PM

Is your child normally engaged and motivated but suddenly having trouble paying attention? Are they more withdrawn than usual? It might be tempting to write this off as just laziness or a passing “phase.” Yet this might be a sign of a larger problem. In fact, social withdrawal and isolation is often one of the first signs of a possible eating disorder.

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Topics: Children's Mental Health, Mental Health Conditions, Parenting Kids With Mental Illness, Is My Child Sick?, Causes and Risks, Getting Treatment

Coping with Your Child’s Bedtime Anxiety and Insomnia

Posted by Julia Marie Hogan on Feb 4, 2019 11:54:50 AM

It’s your child’s bedtime and you’re dreading it. Instead of the calm process you wish it was, it’s filled with tears, pleading, and excuses after excuses. Peacefully reading bedtimes stories is a thing of the past while the stubborn phrase “I’m not tired!” is here to stay.  Why is your child avoiding going to bed? Is this normal?

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Topics: Parenting Kids With Mental Illness, Getting Treatment, Mental Health Wellness

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