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

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 …

Carey EmmersonEncourage Emotion Regulation with a Coping Cushion

How to Build Self-Esteem with a Cool Wind Chime

The weather may be chilly, but I am dreaming of warmer days out on the patio and leaves rustling in the breeze (wishful thinking I know). But with that thought in mind, here’s a fun wind chime craft that kids and teens will enjoy making during therapy sessions, even in these winter months. It is a little more interesting than …

Carey EmmersonHow to Build Self-Esteem with a Cool Wind Chime

What is Warm and Yummy and Affirming all over? This craft!

Here’s a craft that school-aged kids and even teens will enjoy. Plus, it is perfect for the chilly fall season, where nothing feels as good as curling up with a warm drink. Make an affirmations mug, and as you do so, talk about helpful and unhelpful thoughts. Discuss how negative thoughts can creep up on us and how they lead …

Carey EmmersonWhat is Warm and Yummy and Affirming all over? This craft!

How to Help Kids Set Goals and Celebrate Successes Using a Picture Frame

Visualizing and goal-setting is such a powerful tool when counselling any client, child or adult. This is why solution-focused therapists ask the miracle question and why narrative therapists help their clients picture their stories in new ways. With that thought in mind, here is an activity that is fun for kids or teens of any age that will help them …

Carey EmmersonHow to Help Kids Set Goals and Celebrate Successes Using a Picture Frame

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