Coloring Your Way Through Grief

Coloring Your Way Through Grief

There is no disputing the adage that “into each life, a little rain must fall,” and the occasional need for a protective umbrella, but what do you do when the shower becomes a downpour that doesn’t seem to quit? One shattering loss can be enough to derail a person for years, even for life. But tragedy seems to stalk some …

Greenery (or Even Photos of Trees) Can Make Us Happier

Greenery (or Even Photos of Trees) Can Make Us Happier

A growing body of research shows that people who spend time outside in sunny, green and natural spaces tend to be happier and healthier than those who don’t. A study from Stanford last year, for example, found that young adults who walked for an hour through campus parkland were less anxious afterward and performed better on a test of working …

Dad, the Ant Killer

I AM a father; my superpower is worry. You can find me at the park, before the kids are let out of school, scouting for anthills. I’m the guy lifting the ends of empty seesaws, peeking beneath the slides. People ask me, “Did you lose something?” Only my mind. Six months ago, my wife and I learned that our 3-year-old …

Kids’ Grades Can Suffer When Mom Or Dad Is Depressed

Kids' Grades Can Suffer When Mom Or Dad Is Depressed

When parents suffer depression, there can be a ripple effect on children. Kids may become anxious, even sad. There may be behavior problems. Health may suffer. Recently, a large Swedish study showed that grades may decline, too, when a parent is depressed. Using data from 1984 to 1994, researchers from Philadelphia’s Dornsife School of Public Health, at Drexel University, measured …

The Best Way to Fight With a Teenager

The Best Way to Fight With a Teenager

When raising teenagers, conflict usually comes with the territory. A growing body of research suggests that this can actually be a good thing. How disagreements are handled at home shapes both adolescent mental health and the overall quality of the parent-teenager relationship. Not only that, the nature of family quarrels can also drive how adolescents manage their relationships with people …

Autocorrect Has Useful Things To Tell Us — if only we’d listen.

Autocorrect Has Useful Things To Tell Us — if only we’d listen.

Sometimes autocorrect just wants to provide a bit of inspiration, like those sayings on tea bags, except with real-world context. A friend involved in a group text chat, when asked if so-and-so had done such-and-such, tried to respond that so-and-so “probably” did. Her phone had other ideas. “Poetically,” it said. I’ve been reflecting on this for weeks now. Shouldn’t we …

Tired of “Reacting” to your Partner?

Exhausting. Depressed. Anxious. Hopeless. These feelings are the result of constantly being reactive to the things that our partner says or does. Do you really “need to talk about it” again? (hint: “no”) Check to see which is these you have ever used to avoid conflict or attempt to get a need met: Withdrawing (are you good at brick and …

Is Play therapy or Art therapy for you?

Is Play therapy or Art therapy for you?

You may wonder what is “art therapy”  or “expressive arts” and what does a the therapist do with their clients? Do adults use play therapy or is it just for children? Can art therapy or sand tray therapy help you feel less anxious or treat depression? While play therapy is indeed most often used with younger clients, adults can benefit too. …