Never Enough Time in Nature: The Benefits of Being Outside

As the temperatures start to cool off in many places, this is an excellent opportunity to take advantage of some fabulous time in nature.  Nature enthusiasts would say that there is never a bad time

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Why A Retreat Experience Should be on Your Play Therapy Training To-Do List

The idea of spending five days in a paradise location (and possibly making it a tax-deductible business expense) sounds like a no-brainer, right?  But, many people hesitate before booking a retreat-style

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My Child Started Kindergarten and I’m a Hot Mess

Kindergarten in Hawaii started August 5th.  It’s been 4 weeks of school and I have been a mess all three weeks.   A. HOT. MESS.But not in the way you think.  There are parents who are

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Do It Afraid

"In just over 48 hours, there are 41 clinicians and their family members arriving at a hotel on the North Shore of Oahu for a play therapy conference.  I am hosting a 5-day play therapy retreat with

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Helping Children Cope with Short Separations from Their Parent

Are you going to be traveling without your children for a few weeks?  Or is your spouse/partner the one traveling? These relatively short trips are usually pretty manageable, but they can still be

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What Happened After I Got Rid of 75% of My Kids Toys

Wow, it sounds really mean to say that I got rid of 75% percent of my kids toys!  And I didn’t actually count them and calculate this math, but I think it’s pretty accurate.First off, WHY did

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Permission to “Learn Nothing” For Today

Last week, my four-year-old son woke up and did not want to go to school (aka day care).  He refused to get dressed and I could sense a meltdown was coming.  What To Do? In my wheelhouse as a

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My Long Journey Towards EMDR Certification (and why that is Okay!)

There is an informal joke among many of my therapist friends that we are “certification junkies.”  One of my most intelligent and esteemed colleagues often told me if there was a class that had

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Advice for Graduates

Have you ever considered what a monumental task it is to give a graduation commencement address?How do you condense the wisdom of your experience over the past 10, 20, 30, 40+ years of your career into

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The Odd Thing I Added To My Playroom That Has Been A Big Hit

A few weeks ago I was browsing for furniture on social media Marketplace and very randomly came across this item.And I was instantly attracted to it.  At the time, I had no idea how I was going to

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