Our Favourite Therapeutic Stories to Help Children with Anxiety – Part 2

Therapeutic storybooks are a powerful way for kids to learn to recognize, express, and cope with tough emotions and difficult life situations. A story can engage children, can give them language to talk about their problems, can help normalize their feelings, and can give them tools to help them face their own life circumstances. Because stories are such effective therapeutic …

Carey EmmersonOur Favourite Therapeutic Stories to Help Children with Anxiety – Part 2

Our Favourite Therapeutic Stories to Help Children with Anxiety – Part 1

Anxiety is one of the most common mental health issues that children experience, and so it’s likely you’ve taught, counselled, or parented a child who has struggled with worry, panic, shyness, or some other manifestation of anxiety. If so, this week’s video is for you. We’re continuing with our series on therapeutic storybooks for children on our YouTube channel. Over …

Carey EmmersonOur Favourite Therapeutic Stories to Help Children with Anxiety – Part 1

A Review of 7 Therapeutic Storybooks on Sadness, Grief, and Loss

We all know that every child will experience tough days, disappointments, and, of course, loss in some form or another over the course of their childhood years. Part of our task as parents, teachers, and therapists is to make sure that kids have good coping skills for managing the difficult situations that life will inevitably throw at them. In this …

Carey EmmersonA Review of 7 Therapeutic Storybooks on Sadness, Grief, and Loss

10 Therapeutic Storybooks to Help Children Deal with Anger (Part 2)

Last week we started a series on therapeutic stories that teachers, therapists, and parents can use to help children to identify and express their emotions appropriately. We began with the emotion of anger and shared a video with the first five of ten of our favourite storybooks to help young children talk about their angry feelings. If you missed last …

Carey Emmerson10 Therapeutic Storybooks to Help Children Deal with Anger (Part 2)

10 Therapeutic Storybooks to Help Children Deal with Anger (Part 1)

Happy New Year! To kick off 2019, we will be starting a new series on therapeutic stories. We want to take some time and review some of our favourite children’s books that deal with subjects like sadness, grief, anger, social skills, and more, in order to help you find resources to assist you in your work with children. Therapeutic stories …

Carey Emmerson10 Therapeutic Storybooks to Help Children Deal with Anger (Part 1)

Help Kids Establish Safety and Security with “My Safe Base” Handout

No matter our age, we all need to feel safe. Safety is so vital for our lives that it’s at the very base of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, only one step up from physiological needs like food and shelter. After we are fed and clothed and housed, we need to feel safe before we are able to pursue other needs …

Carey EmmersonHelp Kids Establish Safety and Security with “My Safe Base” Handout

Help Kids Overcome Anxiety with These Exposure Worksheets

One of the most common problems clients will bring to therapy is anxiety. Estimated to afflict as much as 33.7% of the population at some point in life, an anxiety disorder can be a debilitating issue to endure. Cognitive behavioural therapy continues to be the standard approach for working with people with anxiety disorders. In this model, clients learn coping …

Carey EmmersonHelp Kids Overcome Anxiety with These Exposure Worksheets

More than a Collection: Using Seashells in Counselling

Finding items to re-purpose is one creative and cost-effective way to come up with new therapy activities, so I’m always on the lookout for something that I can take and put to new use. During some spring (or maybe last fall) cleaning, I came across a small seashell collection from my childhood that I had been storing in my basement …

Carey EmmersonMore than a Collection: Using Seashells in Counselling

How to Use Comics to Teach Children Positive Self-Talk

I spend a great deal of time with clients working on identifying and challenging unhelpful thoughts. Teens and adults alike can really benefit from understanding how their thinking affects their moods and their behaviours. Children can also benefit from this type or work. However, working with little people on the “C” part of cognitive behavioural therapy can be challenging. Young …

Carey EmmersonHow to Use Comics to Teach Children Positive Self-Talk

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