Although getting together with family during the holidays can be fun, old patterns, habits and issues don’t just go away. There is also lot of pressure to make the holidays “perfect”, which is a tall order even if your family isn’t dysfunctional. Being prepared and having realistic expectations can help you find more joy in […]
Although getting together with family during the holidays can be fun, old patterns, habits and issues don’t just go away. There is also lot of pressure to make the holidays “perfect”, which is a tall order even if your family isn’t dysfunctional. Being prepared and having realistic expectations can help you find more joy in the season and avoid potential pitfalls that can throw a wrench in your plans. Relationship counseling and these tips can help:
Using the holidays as a time to hash out old grievances or heal old wounds isn’t a good idea. If you have difficulties with certain family members, steer clear of controversial subjects and don’t engage in arguments or drama. If avoiding a reaction feels impossible, walk away and take a few deep breaths. Stick close to people you get along with and lean on people you’re close to if you want to vent or need support.
Hoping that all your family members will act perfectly is setting yourself up for disappointment. Before you venture out for holiday family fun, take a few moments to reflect on your loved ones and prepare yourself to accept them just the way they are. Letting go of expectations may leave you pleasantly surprised. Being ready for the worst can help you stay detached if things go off the rails.
Plan ahead and think about what you’ll do if things become unpleasant. If you’re coming in from out of town, you might want to rent a car so you’re in control of your own transportation. If you have a close friend or family member in the area, talk to them before you go and let them know you might need to spend the night. Knowing that you have options if things go bad can help lessen your anxiety and help you relax while spending time with your family. If you are attending individual or relationship counseling, talk with your therapist about forming an exit strategy before you go.
Watching a favorite holiday movie, playing board games or cards, playing music, singing, sharing holiday memories, and other activities can take everyone’s mind off conflict and help you let off a little steam. If there are kids in attendance, spending time with them may be your best bet when it comes to having fun – young children usually aren’t caught up in dysfunctional family dynamics, so you can relax and be yourself with them.
Remind yourself that this is real life, not a Hallmark Christmas movie. People are imperfect, and that’s okay. Create your own special moments, even if it’s relaxing and enjoying the holiday decorations with a cup of tea after everyone has left. Simply enjoying the moment without expectations can give you a sense of calm and happiness.
Individual or relationship counseling can enable you to process family issues ahead of time and gain perspective on how to deal with dysfunctional family members and situations. If you’re anxious or stressed about the upcoming holidays, talking with a therapist can help. Contact a therapist at Kayenta to schedule an appointment today.
Even in the best of circumstances divorce can be emotionally draining and stressful. Taking good care of yourself both physically and mentally can help you cope in a positive manner and make this time of transition easier for everyone involved. Seeking help through divorce counseling can facilitate constructive communication and make your parting more amicable. […]
Even in the best of circumstances divorce can be emotionally draining and stressful. Taking good care of yourself both physically and mentally can help you cope in a positive manner and make this time of transition easier for everyone involved. Seeking help through divorce counseling can facilitate constructive communication and make your parting more amicable. These tips for staying grounded can also protect your mental health and help you keep a positive outlook.
Divorce often brings up a lot of powerful emotions, including anger, sadness, guilt, and fear. It’s natural to think about past grievances but letting these feelings or issues muddy negotiations isn’t productive for anyone. A great way to release some of these emotions is to put them down on paper. Writing your feelings down in a journal or composing (an unsent) letter to your spouse can be freeing and allow you to let go of pent-up emotions. Spending time talking with friends or a therapist you trust can also be cathartic.
Meditation, yoga and breath work can help you feel happier, calmer and more prepared to cope with whatever comes your way. Scientific studies have shown that taking even a few deep, conscious breaths can calm your nervous system and help you feel more grounded. When you feel stressed, anxious or reactive, place your hand on your belly, close your eyes, and take three or more deep breaths. Make sure to breathe as deeply as you can, so your hand rises when you inhale. Most people tend to breathe shallowly when stressed – slow, steady inhalations and exhalations can make a huge difference in how you feel.
Whether you hit the gym for a vigorous workout or take a brisk stroll around the park with your dog, getting at least 30 minutes of exercise a day can help decrease anxiety and depression. When you exercise, your body releases feel-good chemicals like dopamine and endorphins and lowers production of the stress hormone cortisol. Regular exercise can also help improve sleep and overall physical and emotional well-being.
Eating a healthy diet, pampering yourself and doing the things you love can give your self-esteem a boost and make you feel more content. It can be tempting to use alcohol or drugs to relieve the pain you may be feeling, but revisiting an old hobby, taking a bath, watching a funny movie, or getting a massage instead can release tension and help you relax in a more positive way.
During a divorce, some major issues need to be hashed out, especially if you have children. Arguing about every little thing that arises will leave you exhausted. Think proactively and write down a list of potential points of contention and how you are willing to compromise. Take stock of your core values and decide which issues are most important to you. Get creative about compromise and understand that give-and-take benefits everyone in the long run.
It’s vital to remember that whatever you’re feeling is part of the human experience – most people cry, feel sad or experience strong feelings of anger when going through a divorce. Seeking individual therapy, family therapy or divorce counseling can enable you to cope with your emotions, communicate more productively, and help you process the loss or grief you may be feeling.
Whether you’re dealing with a contentious divorce or need help keeping yourself on track during the process, divorce counseling with a therapist at Kayenta can help. Contact a therapist today to schedule an in-person or teletherapy appointment.
Telehealth options have significantly expanded during the coronavirus pandemic. Although COVID-19 forced many people to switch to telehealth therapy sessions for a while, some have chosen to return to traditional, in-person appointments with their therapists. Depending on your schedule, personality and goals for therapy, you may find that you prefer one over the other. If […]
Telehealth options have significantly expanded during the coronavirus pandemic. Although COVID-19 forced many people to switch to telehealth therapy sessions for a while, some have chosen to return to traditional, in-person appointments with their therapists. Depending on your schedule, personality and goals for therapy, you may find that you prefer one over the other. If you’re new to therapy, it can be daunting to decide whether telehealth sessions or in-person therapy is right for you. Each option provides its own benefits, so it’s important to consider which will best meet your needs and lifestyle.
Meeting and getting to know someone face-to-face helps to build trust, which is a cornerstone of any therapeutic relationship. That’s not to say that trust can’t be formed in teletherapy sessions – some people just need the in-person experience to build a rapport with their therapist. Clients who have been going to therapy for a while may also consider the time they spend visiting their therapist part of their routine and an important aspect of self-care. Some people find it easier to shut out distractions and focus when they’re in their therapist’s office. Others don’t want to be bothered with technological issues that could affect their sessions. Regardless of your reasons, if you’re comfortable with sitting in your therapist’s office and feel that you get more out of in-person sessions, it’s probably the best option for you.
Telethealth is a convenient, flexible way to attend therapy sessions. It is great for those who can’t leave their homes or live in remote areas where access to mental health treatment is limited. It can also help people who are hesitant to try therapy because of the stigma that may be attached to it. Being able to talk to someone while at home can help them feel safe and secure, and to reassure them that their privacy is protected.
Teletherapy is also a good option if you have a hectic schedule, as you don’t have to spend time traveling to and from your therapist’s office. You can do teletherapy from almost anywhere, whether you’re on a lunch break at work or you schedule an appointment during your child’s naptime. If you’re on vacation or out of town for business, a telehealth appointment enables you to talk with your therapist.
You can also choose to do a combination of teletherapy and in-person sessions. This can be especially beneficial for children, especially since many of them are at home doing distance learning. You may want to take your child for an in-person assessment with a therapist and then continue with ongoing telehealth sessions.
Each person’s individual needs are different. You may need to try both types of therapy to decide which one is right for you. Just keep in mind that no matter which one you choose, therapy can help put you on a path to emotional growth, healing and joy.
Kayenta Therapy offers both in-office therapy and telehealth services. Contact a therapist directly to get started.
Spending time with your family can bring great joy and strengthen your connections, but during the COVID-19 pandemic, families have been confined together for months, which can put a strain on relationships. In addition, parents and children are using technology like social media, video games, the internet, and other digital diversions to entertain and distract […]
Spending time with your family can bring great joy and strengthen your connections, but during the COVID-19 pandemic, families have been confined together for months, which can put a strain on relationships. In addition, parents and children are using technology like social media, video games, the internet, and other digital diversions to entertain and distract themselves, which isn’t always healthy. Seeking therapy can help you understand how these circumstances can impact your mental health and allow you to learn coping tools that can improve the quality of life for everyone in your household.
Some parents and children are now using their homes as spaces for work and school, which are major interruptions to how a household may have operated in the past. The stress of dealing with these changes can lead to more conflict and escalation of arguments. It’s important to check in with each other often to see what’s working and what isn’t and talk about possible solutions for the issues you may be experiencing.
During these tough times, it’s more important than ever for home to be a safe place for everyone. The way you and your partner treat each other has a huge impact on your kids’ mental health and well-being. If you or other members of your household are struggling, individual counseling or family therapy can help you learn how to cope with stress and conflict in positive ways.
Although technology is a useful tool that allows you to work, go to school and communicate with others remotely, too much of it can be detrimental to your overall well-being. With all that’s going on in the world today, consuming too much media can cause anxiety, depression, and skew your worldview to the negative. Social media has also become a place that can be hostile. When you find yourself mindlessly scrolling through social media or playing a game for hours, it’s probably best to shut off your device and leave it alone for a few hours.
Children often use video games to tune out and blow off steam, which is fine in limited amounts. However, limiting your child’s screen time (and your own) every day can help improve their mental health and allow them to better concentrate on things like schoolwork. For as much as technology may connect you with others, spending too much time wrapped up in it can actually create division and make you feel isolated. Getting outside for even an hour a day can allow all of you to release pent-up energy and find solace in the healing of nature. Other activities such as creating art, reading, crafting, and other hobbies can also improve mood and give everyone a break from technology.
If you find yourself getting annoyed or irritated with your spouse or children, it’s okay to take some time for yourself by taking a walk or a drive or shutting yourself away with a good book for a while. When conflict arises, take a few deep breaths before reacting, and remember that emotions may be running high for everyone. Setting expectations about chores, work and school, and sticking to a routine, can also help make things easier. Being kind to yourself and others can help you all learn how to share the spaces in your home. If you need to vent, call a trusted friend or consider seeking therapy. Don’t forget to have fun with game nights, creative projects or outdoor activities.
Most kids have anxiety about going back to school at one time or another. Change is hard and returning to school during a pandemic is unchartered territory for students and parents. Helping your child cope with anxiety about getting back to a school routine can help make the transition easier and let them know hey […]
Most kids have anxiety about going back to school at one time or another. Change is hard and returning to school during a pandemic is unchartered territory for students and parents. Helping your child cope with anxiety about getting back to a school routine can help make the transition easier and let them know hey can count on you for support. If your child is experiencing anxiety that’s affecting their ability to function, finding therapy in Las Vegas can help them manage their feelings and feel more secure.
It’s important to stay calm, but sharing your own thoughts in a productive way can encourage your kids to open up about how they feel. Saying something like, “I’m going back to work and wondering about what it will be like makes me a little nervous. I know you might feel apprehensive about school, too. Some things will be very different, like wearing a mask and practicing social distancing. How do you feel about that?” Acknowledging your child’s feelings is also critical. Let them know you understand that school can be hard, especially if they’re virtually learning, but it will get easier and more fun.
If your child is worried about catching the virus, it’s vital to discuss their fears in a way that won’t exacerbate their anxiety. Let them know this won’t last forever, but for now, everyone has to do their part to keep themselves and others healthy. Talk about ways to stay well, like maintaining a balanced diet, getting plenty of sleep, wearing a mask, washing your hands frequently, and practicing social distancing at school and in other public places.
If you know the safety protocols your child’s school is following, practicing them at home can help them get an idea of what to expect at school. For example, wearing a mask while watching TV together, doing art projects or playing a board game with the whole family will help your kids get comfortable with wearing a mask when it’s time to go to school. You can even turn it into a game. If you meet up with friends for a play date, ask the kids to see who can wear their mask the longest, and give them a reward.
If your child is having trouble sleeping, experiencing stomachaches, throwing tantrums, or withdrawing from others and activities they enjoy, it’s a good idea to seek therapy in Las Vegas with a counselor who can help them learn the skills they need to cope in these trying times. Kayenta Therapy offers teletherapy and in-person sessions. Contact a therapist at Kayenta directly to schedule an appointment.
Due to the coronavirus, most schools, businesses and mental health facilities have been closed for months. For children with special needs, disruptions in their schedule can seriously affect their progress and take a toll on the whole family. Teletherapy is just one way many families are helping their children get the assistance they need. Ways […]
Due to the coronavirus, most schools, businesses and mental health facilities have been closed for months. For children with special needs, disruptions in their schedule can seriously affect their progress and take a toll on the whole family. Teletherapy is just one way many families are helping their children get the assistance they need.
Therapists who provide counseling for children with special needs are working closely with parents, educators and other professionals, such as speech therapists, occupational therapists and others. Although it may take a while for kids to get used to sessions via teletherapy, the benefits it provides are worth it. Many parents and caregivers have had to step into the roles of therapist and teacher. Teletherapy helps them engage with their children and learn new strategies for adhering to their child’s therapy plan and IEP during this challenging time.
For children with conditions like autism, consistency is critical to keep them on track emotionally, behaviorally, socially, and academically. Teletherapy can prevent regression and help children with special needs keep progressing and learning new skills. For example, if a child has been learning coping and communication techniques through Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), it’s important for them to see their therapist regularly. Even though they’re at home, teletherapy can help them keep developing their communication, social, life, and learning skills.
Children with special needs often experience anxiety when their regular schedules and activities are thrown out of whack. They may not understand why they can’t go to school, see friends or visit their therapist. Seeing a therapist remotely can help to assuage their fears and help parents understand how to help their children deal with anxiety.
Many families with special needs kids struggle to connect with others and get the help they need. One benefit of teletherapy is that it can allow children in more rural areas to get treatment more conveniently and frequently. Children who are adept at using computers and other technology may also respond better to teletherapy, as they feel more comfortable communicating through a screen than face-to-face.
Teletherapy can help your child and family stay connected and provides much-needed support during these unpredictable times. For more information or to make an appointment, contact a therapist at Kayenta today.
In these uncertain times anxiety is more common than ever, especially in children. When your child is anxious, your first instinct may be to protect them from their fears, but it’s important to help kids learn how to cope with anxiety on their own. In addition to taking your child to see a therapist, there […]
In these uncertain times anxiety is more common than ever, especially in children. When your child is anxious, your first instinct may be to protect them from their fears, but it’s important to help kids learn how to cope with anxiety on their own. In addition to taking your child to see a therapist, there are things you can do to help your child minimize anxiety by encouraging them to use positive coping mechanisms.
Some signs of anxiety in children include avoiding activities they used to enjoy and inability to relax or concentrate. Depending on their age, your child may get clingy and want to be with you all the time. During the COVID-19 pandemic, many children who have never experienced anxiety before may be wondering when they’ll see their friends again, what school will look like in the fall and whether or not they or someone they love may become sick. Children often don’t understand where intense worries or feelings are coming from and how to deal with them. That’s why it’s vital to pay attention to your child’s behaviors and feelings – if you notice that they’re more anxious than usual, there are things you can do to help them feel more secure.
Stay calm when your child becomes anxious – It’s okay to let your child experience some anxiety about an upcoming event or transition. Let your child know that everyone feels this way sometimes, especially when trying something new.
Help them build on their strengths – Praising your child for even the littlest accomplishments helps build their confidence and self-esteem, which can help them deal with anxiety when it arises. When they face a challenge, try something new or overcome their fears, let them know you’re proud of them. Encourage them to explore their interests, whether it’s art, music, sports, or something else. Giving the jobs around the house and praising them for contributing to the family can also make them feel secure and competent.
Maintain a normal routine – Sticking to a routine can help assuage a child’s anxiety because they know what to expect, but it’s important to be flexible as when necessary. It can be challenging to stay on track, especially if your child is doing distance learning while you’re trying to work from home. Take it easy on yourself but try to stay on a schedule.
Plan for transitions – Many children have a tough time with transitions such as moving, starting school, dealing with divorce and other events that can be life-changing. Ease your child into transitions by talking with them about it beforehand, listening to what they have to say and answering any questions they may have. Reassure them that no matter what happens, you’ll be there for them.
Seek therapy – All kids experience anxiety at one time or another, but when a child’s fears begin to interfere with their ability to function it may be time to seek therapy.
If your child is experiencing anxiety, our experienced, compassionate child therapists can help them learn skills that can help them cope during these challenging times. Contact a therapist at Kayenta directly to get started.
Getting back into the groove of going to school can be challenging in the best of times. During the coronavirus pandemic, easing into the school year may seem overwhelming for both parents and kids. With so much uncertainty surrounding different areas of life, children may feel anxious or unsure about what to expect after the […]
Getting back into the groove of going to school can be challenging in the best of times. During the coronavirus pandemic, easing into the school year may seem overwhelming for both parents and kids. With so much uncertainty surrounding different areas of life, children may feel anxious or unsure about what to expect after the first week of school, so it’s important to keep an eye on their mental health and overall well-being. If your child is having a difficult time coping, child therapy in Las Vegas can help them understand their feelings and how to deal with them. Whether your child has physically returned to school or is participating in distance learning, aiding them with the transition can help them get off to a good start.
Change Sleep Schedules Gradually
Going from the lazy days of summer to the more regimented schedule of the school year can be hard on everyone, especially if you’re not getting enough sleep. If your kids stay up later and enjoy leisurely mornings in the summer, it’s vital to begin pushing back bedtimes. Getting your family’s sleep schedule back on track can lead to less chaos and put everyone in a better mood in the mornings. Regardless of your child’s age, start moving bedtime by 20 – 30 minutes each night. Adolescents and teenagers need plenty of sleep, too.
If you’ve fallen out of them over the summer, get back into rituals like reading books or taking a bath before bed. Turn off all screens at least an hour or two before hitting the hay. The light from the TV, smartphone, computer, or tablet stimulates the brain, making it harder to wind down and fall asleep. This is a good idea for the adults in the house, too.
Follow a Schedule
It’s easy to be lax with regular wake-up and mealtimes during the summer. If you’re homeschooling this school year, start waking your kids up at the same time every day and setting regular times for breakfast, snacks, lunch, and dinner. In addition, making the day more structured can help your kids ease into the rigid schedule of school. For example, do arts or crafts projects at 10 am, have lunch and clean up, then maybe have an hour of quiet time in which they read or nap. Preparing meals and snacks together and providing organized activities for your kids can help make the transition into the school year run more smoothly. If your child hasn’t seen their friends in a while, making (socially distant) play dates before the school year begins can help them reconnect as well.
Contact Their Teachers
If your child is distance learning, stay in regular contact with your child’s teacher to ensure your child is learning valuable lessons essential for their personal growth. Ask what you can do as a parent to help you child prepare for the rest of the school year. If your child is having a hard time, make sure to let their teachers know so you can discuss ways you can all help to make things easier.
If your child is resistant or overly anxious about getting back into a school routine, seeing a child therapist in Las Vegas can help. Kayenta Therapy offers in-office and teletherapy services to clients of all ages. To get started, contact a therapist at Kayenta today.
In these uncertain times, children and adults alike are struggling with the lasting effects of COVID-19. Being isolated from friends and doing schoolwork from home can leave children feeling lonely, depressed or anxious. When children return to school in the fall, it’s a good idea to prepare for what may be around the bend once […]
In these uncertain times, children and adults alike are struggling with the lasting effects of COVID-19. Being isolated from friends and doing schoolwork from home can leave children feeling lonely, depressed or anxious. When children return to school in the fall, it’s a good idea to prepare for what may be around the bend once school begins. Some children have more trouble with transitions than others, so don’t be surprised if your child’s school counselor gives you a call to check in.
Why Would A School Counselor Call A Parent?
When a school counselor contacts a parent, the parent may go into panic mode, wondering what type of problems their child may be having or thinking about what the child may have done to warrant the call. It’s important to keep in mind school counselors call parents for many different reasons. In these challenging times, they may be even more observant and conscientious about helping children cope with what’s happening. Whether a counselor contacts you about your child’s social development, academic concerns or personal issues, just remember they most likely have your child’s best interests in mind.
Talking with Your Child’s School Counselor
The best thing you can do when your child’s school counselor contacts you is to listen to what they have to say. Ask questions to find out what’s happening at school (or cyber-school) that prompted the call. The counselor may ask you if there is anything going on at home that could be affecting your child’s academic performance or behavior. They may also inquire about whether your child has spoken to you about any problems or issues they’ve encountered, both in and outside of school. Regardless of what the issue may be, if your child is struggling, the school counselor may recommend you schedule a session with a child therapist in Las Vegas. Some common reasons a counselor may suggest outside help include:
Finding Help for Your Child
Although the school counselor may provide resources for therapy, as a parent, you make the final decision about choosing your child’s therapist. Viewing it as an opportunity to help your child before any issues escalate can help you keep things in perspective. Your child may also feel more comfortable seeing a counselor outside of school for privacy reasons.
Kayenta Therapy has provided a safe space for many independent, licensed child therapists to practice for 15 years. These therapists can help your child deal with any challenges they may be facing and help them learn effective coping skills that can make them feel happier and more secure in these uncertain times. Contact a therapist at Kayenta directly to get your child started on the road to further their success.
Now that many places are open for business, people who have been at home for months due to COVID-19 are carefully venturing out. For some, the thought of dining out at a restaurant, catching a movie, traveling or even going to the grocery store brings up feelings of anxiety and fear. These feelings are normal […]
Now that many places are open for business, people who have been at home for months due to COVID-19 are carefully venturing out. For some, the thought of dining out at a restaurant, catching a movie, traveling or even going to the grocery store brings up feelings of anxiety and fear. These feelings are normal in such uncertain times, but when they start to interfere with your day-to-day life, it may be time to seek help from a therapist.
How Do I Know If I Need Help?
Emerging from an experience like quarantine can be daunting and overwhelming. You may be anxious about catching or spreading COVID-19, or maybe you’re afraid you’ve lost social skills. It’s important to remember you’re not alone – many people feel this way and are concerned about navigating this new world.
Fear is a natural part of the human experience. In fact, a small amount of it can keep you safe –it may inspire you to follow public health guidelines, such as wearing a mask and social distancing. Self-care practices, like daily exercise, mindfulness and doing things you enjoy, can help, but sometimes aren’t enough to conquer anxiety and fear. Therapy provides the opportunity to speak confidentially to a professional about how you’re feeling. Not only that, teletherapy is now more accessible than ever, so if you don’t feel ready for an in-person therapy session, you can connect from the comfort of your home.
How a Therapist Can Help
Fears about resuming public life may be magnified after spending months indoors, but talking about it with a therapist and learning how to manage fear and anxiety can help. Therapy can help you figure out why you feel the way you do and help you learn how to change the thoughts and actions that contribute to fear and anxiety. A good client-therapist relationship is built on trust, and a compassionate, collaborative counselor can make you feel heard and understood. A therapist can help you learn to identify and manage the triggers that contribute to your anxiety about going out post COVID-19.
When you understand how your own thoughts contribute to feelings of fear and anxiety, they may become easier to manage. Practicing these skills when faced with the prospect of traveling or going out in public can help you effectively approach your fear with curiosity and quell anxiety. Changing thoughts and behaviors takes time, honesty and hard work, but you may find that you’re feeling better after just a few therapy sessions. Everyone is different, and each therapist takes a personalized approach, depending on their client’s needs.
Therapists at Kayenta are dedicated to providing a safe space to help you develop tools for growth, peace and happiness. Contact a therapist directly to schedule a teletherapy session.