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.
People around the globe are feeling anxious and overwhelmed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some also feel frustrated and powerless living in such a time of uncertainty, and the constraints of social distancing have left many feeling isolated as well. Although it’s normal to feel this way, it’s important to take care of yourself and your […]
People around the globe are feeling anxious and overwhelmed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some also feel frustrated and powerless living in such a time of uncertainty, and the constraints of social distancing have left many feeling isolated as well. Although it’s normal to feel this way, it’s important to take care of yourself and your mental health during these trying times. From seeking teletherapy to scheduling virtual gatherings with loved ones, many people are adapting and finding new, creative ways to manage their mental health. These tips can help you cope and may even spur ideas for new things to do that you’ll enjoy for years to come.
Take Care of Your Physical Health
A balanced diet and plenty of exercise can help keep you feeling good during this tough period. Social distancing doesn’t mean you can’t go outside – taking a walk or just sitting outdoors and soaking up the sunshine for 30 minutes a day can lift your spirits and provides a vital dose of Vitamin D. If you’re used to going to the gym or yoga classes for exercise, check out the thousands of online physical fitness classes that are now streaming, many for free. Limiting your alcohol intake and getting plenty of sleep will help boost your immune system and improve your mood.
Limit Your Exposure to Media
It’s important to stay abreast of ever-changing health and safety guidelines but watching or reading too much news about the coronavirus can be upsetting and lead to anxiety or depression. Choose reputable, informative sources like the CDC website and your state and county health department websites if you want to read up on what’s going on with the virus, and try to limit your intake of sensationalist or negative coverage.
Keep in Touch
Social distancing has also caused many people to feel isolated and alone. Checking in with friends, family members and coworkers daily via text message, instant messaging or phone call can help you feel less lonely and keep your spirits up. Scheduling video chats is also a good way to keep and strengthen connections with the ones you love and gives you an opportunity for some face-to-face contact and hopefully, a few laughs. Weekly teletherapy sessions can also help you get negative feelings and thoughts off your chest and help you deal with what’s happening around you.
Having a creative outlet can help take your mind off what’s going on in the world and give your brain a rest from thinking. If you love cooking, crafting, painting, or another hobby, now’s a great time to get into it. If you’ve always been interested in starting a new pastime, go for it! When you’re feeling fearful or worried, writing it all out in a journal can help ease anxiety as well.
Whether you already have a mental health condition, or you just want to get a few things off your chest, don’t be afraid to reach out to a therapist. Kayenta Therapy offers both in-office and teletherapy services. Contact a therapist directly to get started.
Dealing with the loss of a loved one is a challenging, painful process. Grieving during the COVID-19 pandemic presents its own unique hurdles that can involve even more stress and uncertainty. There are many different ways to cope during these difficult times, including using tools like meditation, connecting with loved ones remotely and teletherapy. Why Grieving […]
Dealing with the loss of a loved one is a challenging, painful process. Grieving during the COVID-19 pandemic presents its own unique hurdles that can involve even more stress and uncertainty. There are many different ways to cope during these difficult times, including using tools like meditation, connecting with loved ones remotely and teletherapy.
When someone dies, family and friends typically come together to lend each other support, mourn the loss of their loved one and celebrate that person’s life. The need for social distancing during the pandemic has made this virtually impossible. Many people find healing in hugs and other forms of physical touch, which is also off limits right now. Those who have lost a loved one to the pandemic may not even have gotten the chance to say goodbye and being barred from holding a funeral or memorial service can interfere with the grieving and healing process.
With less in-person support from friends and family, those who are grieving may feel more isolated and lonelier. Staying indoors has led to lower activity levels, which gives people more time to ruminate on their circumstances and feelings. Even if you’re still working, high levels of stress, constantly being reminded of illness and death, and uncertainty about the future can take a toll on your mental health. That’s why many people are turning to teletherapy to help them make it through.
Although it’s not easy, there are things you can do to take care of yourself while grieving during these challenging times.
Be compassionate with yourself. Suffering the loss of someone you love during this health crisis is tougher than it would be if everything was normal. Cutting yourself some slack and acknowledging that it’s more challenging can help you avoid falling into a hole of self-criticism. There are tons of outside sources of stress as well, so be gentle with yourself and remember that what’s happening is not anything you can control and that feeling sad or depressed is a natural part of the grieving process.
Stay connected. It’s tempting to detach when you’re feeling down, but the circumstances of the pandemic make it all too easy to become socially isolated. Make an effort to stay in touch by scheduling video chats with loved ones. Call or text with friends and family daily. Contacting your therapist and setting up a teletherapy session can also help you process your feelings and find coping skills that can help you through these difficult times.
Allow yourself to grieve, but practice self-care too. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with crying, looking at photos and talking about the person who has passed, but make sure to balance it with activities that restore and uplift you. Hobbies, exercise, meditation, reading, going for a walk, and enjoying time with pets can all be very healing and help you be more present. The 24/7 coverage of the pandemic can be a source of anxiety for many. Cutting down on the time you spend watching the news can also help you feel less sad or anxious.
If you’re grieving the loss of a loved one and need help coping during the pandemic, Kayenta Therapy is here for you. Contact a therapist directly to schedule a teletherapy session today.
Although it’s normal to have apprehension about a big event or life change, anxiety can have a serious impact on your quality of life. It’s important to find strategies and coping skills that can help you manage chronic or severe anxiety. There are many different ways to do this, from making certain lifestyle changes to […]
Although it’s normal to have apprehension about a big event or life change, anxiety can have a serious impact on your quality of life. It’s important to find strategies and coping skills that can help you manage chronic or severe anxiety. There are many different ways to do this, from making certain lifestyle changes to seeking counseling for anxiety in Las Vegas.
When you’re feeling stressed or anxious, taking action to calm your anxiety can prevent it from escalating. Being proactive is also important and can stop anxiety before it even starts. If you feel anxiety coming on or just want to be calmer and more settled in general, you can:
Getting plenty of oxygen to your brain can calm your nervous system and help anxiety dissipate. If you’re feeling anxious or worried, take a few deep, mindful breaths, inhaling and exhaling slowly.
Lack of sleep can put even the most easygoing person on edge. Keep track of your sleeping patterns and try to get at least 6 – 8 hours of sleep per night.
Daily exercise floods your brain with endorphins and hormones that make you feel good. When you’re anxious, even taking a short walk can make a huge difference in the way you feel.
Meditation, yoga and other practices that increase mindfulness can actually take you out of your head and put a stop to obsessive or irrational thinking.
Whether you enjoy reading, making art, listening to music, taking a hot bath, or watching a funny movie, doing something you like can help make you feel happier and more at ease.
A diet that’s rich in vital nutrients and keeping your blood sugar stable by eating small, frequent meals can help you feel more physically and mentally healthy.
Drinking too much caffeine or alcohol can exacerbate anxiety and even trigger panic attacks.
Calling a friend or family member who makes you laugh can interrupt negative or anxious thoughts.
When you find yourself catastrophizing situations or speculating on the worst-case scenario, make an effort to replace these thoughts with positive ones. Ask yourself, “Is this realistic thinking? Is it anything I can control?” You may find that the answer is often “no.”
Perfectionism and self-criticism only contribute to anxiety and can keep you from enjoying life and achieving goals. Be kind to yourself and remember that there’s no such thing as perfect.
If certain situations or people trigger anxiety, either avoid them or find ways to deal with your feelings when it happens.
Telling supportive friends and family you’re struggling and letting them know how they can help can take a huge burden off your shoulders. Seeking counseling for anxiety with a licensed therapist can help you understand the root of your anxiety and learn coping techniques that allow you to live the life you want.
Counselors at Kayenta Therapy offer in-person or teletherapy counseling for anxiety that can help put you on a path to happiness and peace. Contact a therapist directly to get started.
Being isolated from others can be stressful and have a significant impact on how you feel mentally. People who may have been exposed to COVID-19 have had to quarantine themselves for 14 to 21 days, even if they’re not sick. Even after coming out of quarantine, you may experience mixed emotions and need some time […]
Being isolated from others can be stressful and have a significant impact on how you feel mentally. People who may have been exposed to COVID-19 have had to quarantine themselves for 14 to 21 days, even if they’re not sick. Even after coming out of quarantine, you may experience mixed emotions and need some time to process the experience. Seeking therapy can help you make sense of it all and give you the tools you need to cope during these challenging times.
Although a lot of people feel a huge sense of relief after coming out of quarantine, they may still worry about their health and the health of their loved ones. The world is a little bit different now, as we all continue to take precautions. It’s important to stay informed via reliable, science-based sources, but during this period, it’s also vital to take good care of yourself, physically and mentally. Exercise, meditate and seek therapy to help you channel your energy and feelings positively.
Both adults and children need some TLC when getting back to “daily life” after quarantine. Talk to your family, friends or a therapist about how you’re feeling, and take it easy on yourself. Spending time in nature can be healing, and soaking up some vitamin D from the sun can help boost your mood. Whether you’re going back to work or staying at home, try to get back to a normal routine.
One of the most important things you can do is allow yourself to have fun and stay connected with those who lift your spirits. Sit outside with friends or neighbors (while practicing social distancing), schedule a phone call or video chat with loved ones, and make sure to get plenty of exercise.
Mindfulness practice, such as meditation, can help calm anxiety and practice gratitude, which can help you focus on the positive and accept uncertainty.
Do you need help coping after being in quarantine? Licensed therapists at Kayenta are compassionate and experienced and can help with in-person or teletherapy sessions. Contact a therapist directly to get started.
Human relationships are complex. If you think your relationship could use a tune-up or there are specific issues that you’d like to address to find healing, couples therapy can help you sort it out and enable you to build a stronger bond with your partner. These common relationship issues can often be solved by seeking couples […]
Human relationships are complex. If you think your relationship could use a tune-up or there are specific issues that you’d like to address to find healing, couples therapy can help you sort it out and enable you to build a stronger bond with your partner. These common relationship issues can often be solved by seeking couples therapy.
One of the most common problems in many relationships, miscommunication can cause conflict and lead to you and your partner growing apart. Negative communication is more than just the way you talk to each other. An irritated tone of voice, avoiding eye contact and looking at your phone while having a conversation can make someone feel dismissed or disregarded.
When someone feels misunderstood or ignored, they may lash out, stop sharing their feelings, believe that they can’t trust their partner, or worry that they don’t really know the person anymore. Good communication is one of the cornerstones of a healthy relationship. Couples therapy helps you both feel heard and give you the tools you need to effectively connect, communicate and understand each other better.
Whether it’s due to infidelity or deception regarding finances, broken trust can be hard to repair. Seeing a counselor together provides a neutral, safe space in which you can talk about your emotions, especially if you’re angry and feeling betrayed. If you’re having trouble rebuilding trust and want to work toward healing, couples therapy can make it easier to express your emotional needs, fears and vulnerability. Getting everything out in the open and discussing it in a productive way can help you lay a solid foundation for trust and honesty going forward.
You’ve Experienced a Setback or Traumatic Event
Job loss, turmoil in your family, a health crisis, or other challenging events can put strain on even the best relationships. When these types of life events happen, it’s easy to get wrapped up in your own emotions or grief, which can cause you and your partner to drift apart. Seeking couples therapy can help you learn how to support one another, feel more united and give you the strength you need to weather the storm of whatever may be happening in your life.
Lack of Physical Intimacy
Sexual issues can often lead to conflict over other things and leave one partner feeling rejected. There are many different reasons couples experience sex and intimacy issues. Stress, a change in libido, emotional distance, or feeling like you’re stuck in a sexual rut can all play a part. A therapist can help you explore the thoughts and feelings that may be behind roadblocks in the bedroom. Whatever the issue may be, couples therapy can be an effective way to address these problems and find ways to get past them so you can both enjoy a fulfilling, intimate sex life.
The healing couples therapy can provide will improve your life in more ways than one and help you and your partner find greater happiness. Contact a therapist directly or visit www.kayentatherapy.com to schedule a session today.
Therapy is an amazing tool for self-discovery and healing. It can help you identify and change negative patterns, enhance your self-esteem and you improve relationships with others. Depending on what’s happening in your life, sessions with a licensed therapist can leave you feeling more empowered, happier and more positive, but there’s no denying therapy takes […]
Therapy is an amazing tool for self-discovery and healing. It can help you identify and change negative patterns, enhance your self-esteem and you improve relationships with others.
Depending on what’s happening in your life, sessions with a licensed therapist can leave you feeling more empowered, happier and more positive, but there’s no denying therapy takes hard work and can dig up painful feelings and memories as well. Whether you’ve had a great session or you feel like you could use some extra self-care when you walk out of your therapist’s office, these tips for treating yourself right after therapy can lift your spirits and help you manage any feelings that may arise:
Write in Your Journal
Sometimes you need to let it all out, even if you’ve just shared your thoughts with a licensed therapist. Putting pen to paper is therapeutic and can help you release negative thoughts. Journaling is also a valuable tool when you’re feeling optimistic. Don’t self-censor – just let your thoughts flow onto the page.
When you write, you’re using your left brain, which is analytical and rational – you may find that problems you’ve been mulling over in your head don’t seem as big once they’re on the page in black and white. It’s also a great opportunity to put some positive self-talk on the record and spark creativity. When you look back, you’ll be surprised at the insights you’ll find after journaling for a while. Buy yourself a special notebook and keep it handy so you can jot down your thoughts anytime.
Take a Walk
Studies have shown that getting outside and moving your body helps improve your health and happiness. Exercise can reduce stress levels, lower blood pressure and slow heart rate. Even a short jaunt around the neighborhood can give your mood a boost and help you clear your mind. If you’re someone who enjoys hitting the gym, working out after a therapy session is just one more way to show your body and mind some TLC.
Pausing and taking a few deep breaths helps calm your nervous system and your mind; you can do it anywhere – in your car, walking home, sitting on the couch, even in the shower. After a session with your licensed therapist, sit comfortably in a quiet place with your hands gently resting in your lap. Thoughts will arise; simply let them come and go without judgment. Inhale deeply, all the way down to your belly, and as you exhale, envision any negative thoughts or energy going out with your breath. Whether you choose to sit mindfully or meditate for 5 minutes or 20, you’ll reap the benefits of reduced anxiety, less stress and more peace.
Do you love taking long, hot baths, eating a sweet treat from the ice cream shop down the street or pampering yourself with a pedicure? Regardless of what you enjoy doing, treating yourself after therapy is a perfect reward for showing up for yourself in the hour you spent talking with your licensed therapist.
Therapy gives you tools to get through difficult periods in your life and can help find insight to remove emotional or behavioral obstacles that may be holding you back. Although mental health is a vital part of overall well-being, many people believe the cost of counseling is out of their reach. However, this simply isn’t […]
Therapy gives you tools to get through difficult periods in your life and can help find insight to remove emotional or behavioral obstacles that may be holding you back. Although mental health is a vital part of overall well-being, many people believe the cost of counseling is out of their reach. However, this simply isn’t true. Whether you have insurance or not, there are plenty of affordable options for therapy in Las Vegas. Learning more about these options can help you get the care you need and put you on the road to happiness and self-discovery.
Although most health insurance plans cover therapy, a copay or deductible may apply, depending on the type of plan. If you’re interested in seeking therapy in Las Vegas, contact your insurance provider to see what’s covered under your plan and how much your out-of-pocket cost will be. Many therapists in Las Vegas accept coverage from most major insurance providers, but if you choose a provider that isn’t in your network, it doesn’t mean therapy won’t be covered at all. If you find a provider you think is a good fit for you and they don’t take your insurance, you can pay your therapist out-of-pocket and then submit a claim to your insurance company, which may reimburse for all or a portion of the cost directly. Coverage will vary, depending on your specific plan.
There are plenty of other possibilities if you don’t have medical insurance or your insurer doesn’t cover therapy. For example, Kayenta offers low-cost therapy held by graduate student therapists for just $40 per session. Whether you are looking for individual, couples or family therapy in Las Vegas, Kayenta offers convenient, online scheduling.
No. If you do have insurance coverage but it’s limited to certain providers or you’d rather not use it due to privacy concerns, you can still see a graduate student therapist for just $40, without filing a claim.
Don’t let the cost of therapy in Las Vegas prevent you from taking the first step to healing, self-discovery and peace of mind. For more than 10 years, Kayenta Therapy has provided therapists a safe space to help clients develop the tools they need to live better lives. To get started, contact a therapist at Kayenta to schedule an appointment – teletherapy appointments are available.