Coping Skills Cheat Sheet

As a part of therapy, I regularly ask clients to make some kind of wellness plan or coping plan using their favourite coping skills. Strong emotions from anger, to depression, to anxiety, to stress all benefit from the use of coping skills. At the same time, it can be hard to think of strategies in a moment of intense emotions. …

Carey EmmersonCoping Skills Cheat Sheet
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Encourage Emotion Regulation with a Coping Cushion

I love the activity idea that I am going to share with you today. It is simple, low-cost, appeals to a wide age range, and can be used for children dealing with any number of emotional challenges. The idea was actually first shared with me by a parent who uses it with her son. The craft is a coping pillow …

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How to Teach Kids About Anxious Thoughts Using a Jellyfish Suncatcher

My thermometer hit 34 degrees celsius today. And it feels HOT. The sky is cloudless. The sun is blistering. All this summer has me wishing for the beach. With that thought in mind, here’s a fun, beachy craft you can make with kids struggling with anxiety. This activity will help children talk about anxious thoughts and how those thoughts feed …

Carey EmmersonHow to Teach Kids About Anxious Thoughts Using a Jellyfish Suncatcher

4 Awesome Ways to Teach Stressed and Anxious Children about Relaxation

Last week’s post looked at ways to use crafts to teach children about relaxation. Today’s post is all about specific physical movements and exercises that aim to teach children how to relax their bodies. These ideas can be easily applied to the counselling or therapy setting. The idea is that if kids can learn to control their own bodies, they …

Carey Emmerson4 Awesome Ways to Teach Stressed and Anxious Children about Relaxation

4 Crafts to Teach Kids About Relaxation

Relaxation is about the body. So is tension. When we tell a child to “just relax,” we are asking them to do something that is not only emotional or mental, but that is highly physical as well. And it is not easy. Many adults, let alone children, have never been taught to relax or to notice feelings of tension in …

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5 Ways to Help Children with Separation Anxiety

Danielle was 8 years-old when her anxiety first showed up. Before that she had no problems going to school or being away from her mother, Lisa. But all of a sudden it became a struggle to get her out the door in the morning. First Lisa had to drive Danielle to school, since Danielle made such a fuss about walking …

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Once Upon a Time: How Storytelling Can Help Children in Therapy

I love stories. A good story, whether in a movie, a novel, a picture book, or the words of a friend is one of my favourite things. Stories are fun. They teach us about the world and about ourselves. They evoke emotion. They inspire us and empower us. Stories do all these things and more when used in a therapeutic …

Carey EmmersonOnce Upon a Time: How Storytelling Can Help Children in Therapy

Agent Pensby and How He Can Help with Childhood Anxiety

I have always loved good therapeutic stories and the way that they excite, empower, and engage a child in the work of therapy. For this reason, I am thrilled to introduce Agent Pensby and the Golden Fish: A Tale About Anxiety. Agent Pensby seems to be a normal zoo penguin, but he is secretly a spy, hired by the Queen …

Carey EmmersonAgent Pensby and How He Can Help with Childhood Anxiety

Agent Pensby Anxiety Worksheet for Kids

Early on when working with kids who struggle with worries and anxiety, I like to do some psychoeducation around what anxiety is all about and what it feels like in our bodies. Drawing a body outline and drawing/writing in all the anxiety symptoms we can think of is a great way to facilitate this conversation. Here is a copy of …

Carey EmmersonAgent Pensby Anxiety Worksheet for Kids

My Anxiety Alarm Worksheet for Kids

Whenever I work with clients dealing with anxiety, I like to provide some psychoeducation near the beginning of counselling. It’s important to let kids know that anxiety, just like any other feeling, is not bad, but in the right context is actually useful.I use the fire alarm analogy, which I’ve found really helpful in giving kids an awareness of how …

Carey EmmersonMy Anxiety Alarm Worksheet for Kids