Last year, my daughter started learning mindfulness in her third-grade class at school. The students would sit in a circle, close their eyes, and quietly take notice of their own thoughts and what was happening around them. Each session, led by Danielle Mahoney, the mindfulness educator and literacy coach at P.S. 212Q in Jackson Heights, Queens, had a different lesson: mindful seeing, mindful hearing, mindful breathing, or heartfulness (or sending kind thoughts to others). The idea was that learning these techniques would help the young students focus better in school and be less stressed out. [Read more…] about Why and How to Teach Your Kids Mindfulness
For most of my life, I was associated with a label—usually one I didn’t place on myself. In my youth, I was the pastor’s daughter. As a young adult, I was the head of worship and arts. When I married, I was known as an NBA wife.
All I knew were labels. They dictated how I acted, what I wore, where I went and how I spent my time. Labels come with expectations, most of which are not healthy. I became so caught up in the roles and titles that meeting expectations became more important than the experience of being in those roles. [Read more…] about How Labels Impacted My Mental Health
It seems counter-intuitive as a parent that one of the best things you can do is to let your child fail. Emotionally it can be pretty rough on everyone, but opportunities to build resiliency are a major key to success and happiness in the long run, according to brain research.
Resilience is a universal capacity which allows a person, group or community to prevent, minimize or overcome the damaging effects of adversity. [Read more…] about Building Resiliency in Children by Letting them Fail
By sharing their experiences, peers bring hope to people in recovery and promote a sense of belonging within the community.
Equine Therapy (also referred to as Horse Therapy, Equine-Assisted Therapy, and Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy) is a form of experiential therapy that involves interactions between patients and horses.
Equine Therapy involves activities (such as grooming, feeding, haltering and leading a horse) that are supervised by a mental health professional, often with the support of a horse professional. [Read more…] about What is Equine Therapy?
As a clinician, I often refer to self care as a huge part of what’s missing in the life of someone who’s busy and stressed. So what is self care? Self care in essence is the mindful taking time to pay attention to you, not in a narcissistic way, but in a way that ensures that you are being cared for by you. [Read more…] about Self Care 101: 10 Ways to Take Better Care of You