Parents Guide to Taking Your Child to a Therapist
Creative Sky Psychology Blog
by Shannon Kelly
1M ago
Navigating the Emotional Journey of Seeking Therapy for Your Child Taking the step to seek therapy for your child can be an emotional journey for any parent. It's natural to feel a mix of emotions - from concern and worry to hope and relief. As parents, we always want to do what's best for our children. Getting therapy is a brave and loving choice to help support their mental health." Navigating the world of child therapy can feel overwhelming at first, but remember that you are not alone. There are resources available to guide you through this process and support you every step of the way. I ..read more
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Habits. How Do They Affect Our Lives?
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by Shannon Kelly
2M ago
Habits have a large impact on our everyday lives. You may often hear people say “humans are creatures of habit and routine”. It is very much true. Habits are behaviours we perform regularly, often without consciously thinking about them. Habits can either be beneficial or detrimental, depending on what they are. Habits can fall into a number of categories including, exercise, meditation, diet, reading, hygiene, sleep etc. In saying this, habits can affect our emotional, physical or psychological self.  If you think about some of your routines, such as a morning routine or nightly routine ..read more
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What is Meant by Neurodiversity? How Can We Support Neurodiverse Children?
Creative Sky Psychology Blog
by Shannon Kelly
3M ago
Neurodiversity. Change our Words, Change the World! A Neurodevelopmental Psychologist Weighs in on the New Shift in Language! “Neurodiversity” has become a broad term that can be used to capture differences in how an individual's brain works. Neurodiversity is a term that can also be used to describe individuals with ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Specific Learning Disorders. There is no right way for the brain to work, and variations of brain development should be thought of as "uniquely typical".  So why does this matter?? Because it matters!!! Although there is no right or wrong i ..read more
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How Can Parents Support Their Child or Teen Who May Be Struggling With Anxiety?
Creative Sky Psychology Blog
by Shannon Kelly
3M ago
Anxiety can be exhausting for any individual. Ruminating thoughts and repetitive worries can be mentally draining. It is important to understand the biology of anxiety and why it happens. The more knowledge a parent has about anxiety, the more they are able to support their child.  Mental health challenges can arise for various reasons. Some possibilities are school issues, environmental stressors, including trauma, the death of a loved one, and bullying etc. It may be difficult to recognize anxiety in your child as more often than not, anxious children and teens may act “in” instead of ..read more
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How does Play Therapy Help with Childhood Development?
Creative Sky Psychology Blog
by Shannon Kelly
3M ago
,,,,,Different Types of Play When adults go to counselling, they typically tend to acknowledge what their problems are and will sit with a therapist and talk about their issues, design solutions, and work towards wellness. For children, especially those who are young, acknowledging feelings and expressing them verbally may be nearly impossible. Certain children may exhibit shyness or feel hesitant about disclosing their concerns. Play is a natural, comfortable way for children to explore their thoughts and feelings while doing something that they enjoy. Toys and activities can be used as a bri ..read more
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What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)? How Can You Support Your Child or Teen with OCD?
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by Shannon Kelly
3M ago
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is when an individual experiences consistent, intrusive thoughts and obsessions, as well as the need to repeat behaviours they feel necessary to perform due to the obsessions. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder can be divided into two parts. Obsessions and compulsions. Obsessions are a result of unwanted and intrusive thoughts, whereas compulsions are characterised as repetitive behaviours. Some examples of obsessions are, worries about religious beliefs, worry about germs, disease or even death, and worries about doing actions that may cause damage to others or self ..read more
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How Can Parents Help Teens Experience Positive Self Esteem?
Creative Sky Psychology Blog
by Shannon Kelly
3M ago
What is Self-Esteem?  Self esteem refers to the perception an individual has of themselves. This includes feelings of confidence, self respect, and self worth. Individuals can experience high self esteem or low self esteem and can be influenced by several factors. Some of these factors include, social relationships, body image, life experiences, personal achievements, internal dialogue and cultural and societal influences. It is significant to note, for all individuals, self esteem is dynamic and can change overtime based on experiences and personal growth. However, what may this look lik ..read more
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What are the Different Types of Play?
Creative Sky Psychology Blog
by Shannon Kelly
4M ago
When adults typically go to counseling, they tend to acknowledge what their problems are and sit with a therapist and talk about their concerns, design solutions, and work towards wellness. For children, acknowledging feelings and expressing them verbally may be nearly impossible. Certain children may exhibit shyness or feel hesitant about disclosing their concerns. Play is a natural, comfortable way for children to explore their thoughts and feelings while doing something they enjoy. Toys and activities can be used as a bridge between child and therapist which allows the client to communicate ..read more
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Problem Solving Skills in Children and Teens. How Do we Encourage this?
Creative Sky Psychology Blog
by Shannon Kelly
4M ago
Problem-solving skills are essential for children and developing strong problem solving abilities will contribute to their overall development and success in many aspects of their life. Nurturing problem-solving skills in children prepares them for the complexities of life, thus promoting lifelong learning, and a foundation for success in both their personal and professional world. At Creative Sky Psychology, learning to manage life's stressors as well as developing internal motivation to become a good problem solver is a key aspect of our work. When children and teens get excited about l ..read more
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Building Resiliency in Children
Creative Sky Psychology Blog
by Shannon Kelly
4M ago
What does it mean to be Resilient? Resiliency is defined as the ability to adapt and recover from challenges, adversity or setbacks. A child or teen who is resilient is able to navigate through difficult situations while maintaining emotions to problem solve various situations. Resiliency is such an important skill for children and teens to possess as it helps overcome and process hardships. Often thoughts become stuck and situations create difficult emotions. Having a "resilient mindset" helps children and teens problem solve and move towards growth and potential. Parents and supportive adult ..read more
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