Play Therapy Parenting Podcast

Sinopse

Dr. Brenna Hicks, The Kid Counselor, provides the tools to help parents gain confidence in their parenting skills so they can create the family life they desire.

Episódios

  • Pediatricians should prescribe PLAY! (not meds)

    Pediatricians should prescribe PLAY! (not meds)

    24/04/2020 Duração: 04min

    In this episode of Play Therapy Parenting®, Dr. Brenna discusses how the American Academy of Pediatrics published their “best of” 2019 journal articles, and one of the studies explores prescribing PLAY to combat all the stress, busyness, and anxiety that kids are experiencing these days. This is something Play Therapists have known for over 100 years! It’s nice to see the medical/pediatrics community acknowledging the benefits of play for kids.

  • Be a thermostat, not a thermometer

    "Be a thermostat, not a thermometer"

    22/04/2020 Duração: 07min

    In this episode of Play Therapy Parenting®, Dr. Brenna shares a parenting tip from her private parent coaching class (Child Parent Relationship Therapy [CPRT]) "Be a thermostat, not a thermometer” is a metaphor that teaches you how to RESPOND to your kids, instead of just REACTING to their emotional fluctuations.

  • Today I Just Want To Encourage You

    Today I Just Want To Encourage You

    30/03/2020 Duração: 05min

    In this episode of Play Therapy Parenting®, Dr. Brenna just offers some encouragement during this time of unknown. As you adjust to this “new normal”, and with kids doing school from home, and you possibly working from home, hopefully, we can reflect on some good things that are happening in families. So stay encouraged as we navigate this time we find ourselves in, and be leaders for your children.

  • The Truth about Baker Acting Kids

    The Truth about "Baker Acting" Kids

    26/02/2020 Duração: 08min

    In this episode of Play Therapy Parenting®, Dr. Brenna discusses the involuntary committing of minors (known as “Baker Acting” in Florida) to mental health facilities. Unfortunately, many parents are unaware of what this process looks like, and how traumatic of an experience it can be for kids. So please be informed about this extremely important topic.

  • Say Goodbye to Power Struggles with your Kids

    Say Goodbye to Power Struggles with your Kids

    18/02/2020 Duração: 07min

    In this episode of Play Therapy Parenting®, Dr. Brenna discusses how the root of many, if not most, behavioral issues with kids is Power Struggles. Learn what causes the power struggles and how to eliminate them with your kids.

  • Why Reflecting Feelings Works (even on adults!) - Play Therapy Parenting® w/ Dr. Brenna Hicks

    Why Reflecting Feelings Works (even on adults!) - Play Therapy Parenting® w/ Dr. Brenna Hicks

    17/10/2019 Duração: 05min

    In this episode of Play Therapy Parenting®, Dr. Brenna shares a story of a Mom who has taken Brenna’s private parenting coaching, using the Reflecting Feelings skill. Normally, this Mom uses Reflecting Feelings on her 4 year old, but an opportunity came up to use it on her adult sister… and it worked! Watch this video to learn WHY Reflecting Feelings works so well.

  • How to be truthful with your kids, even when the truth is hard! (great advice for adoptive families) - Play Therapy Parenting® w/ Dr. Brenna Hicks

    How to be truthful with your kids, even when the truth is hard! (great advice for adoptive families) - Play Therapy Parenting® w/ Dr. Brenna Hicks

    05/10/2019 Duração: 06min

    In this episode of Play Therapy Parenting®, Dr. Brenna discusses the topic of talking to your kids about hard subjects, and why you should do so truthfully, by using age appropriate language. The example she uses is of an adoptive family whos child's Mom died of an overdose, and how to address this topic with the young child.

  • The Consequence is Enough - Play Therapy Parenting® w/ Dr. Brenna Hicks

    The Consequence is Enough - Play Therapy Parenting® w/ Dr. Brenna Hicks

    05/09/2019 Duração: 08min

    In this episode of Play Therapy Parenting®, Dr. Brenna discusses three ways to prevent the "emotional investment" in our child's behavior from becoming a negative influence and undermining our disciplining effort.

  • To a Child, Different is Bad

    To a Child, Different is Bad

    12/08/2019 Duração: 13min

    Sometimes it's easy to forget if a child has a developmental delay, when dealing with their behavior problems. In this episode, Dr. Brenna Hicks delves into the mindset of a child with developmental delays and how it affects their self-esteem and behavior. Dr. Brenna gives three tips to parents who are dealing with this issue to help build up their child.

  • Kids already know what they need to work on

    Kids already know what they need to work on

    30/07/2019 Duração: 05min

    "The very heart of play therapy lies in the belief that children innately understand what they struggle with, they just don't necessarily know how to fix it. And they will work on it through their play if they're given the time, the tools, and the opportunity." In this podcast, Dr. Brenna tells the story of a boy, without telling him why he was there, discovers, on his own, within 20 minutes what issues he needs to work on. Dr. Brenna also touches on the topic of "competence themed" play.

  • Let Your Kids “Play Through Their Issues

    Let Your Kids “Play" Through Their Issues

    10/07/2019 Duração: 08min

    In this video, Dr. Brenna shares an example from her play room to explain how children "play" through their issues. Whereas adults "talk" or "work" through their issues, children play through their issues and "re-write their story", so to speak. The take-away is to not "protect" your child from their feelings. The only way through an issue, is to go through it! Dr. Brenna also touches on a secondary topic of non-traditional family configurations and how that affects kids.

  • The Goodness of Kids

    The Goodness of Kids

    01/07/2019 Duração: 07min

    In this video, Dr. Brenna comments on a situation that happened in the lobby of her practice where she overheard a Mom, maybe unknowingly, using a play therapy principle that communicated that the Mom trusted the child, knows that he will do what he's been asked to do, and that she believes in his abilities. What a great encouragement to see a Mom interacting with her son in this way. Learn what this play therapy principle was by watching the video and learn how to respond to your kids so that they become capable and trustworthy.

  • Trends in Child Diagnoses

    Trends in Child Diagnoses

    13/05/2019 Duração: 07min

    From ADHD to Autism Spectrum to ODD, CD and Bi-Polar. Dr. Brenna talks about the trends she observes in her practice about childhood diagnoses. She believes that Play Therapy should at least be considered as a non-medication alternative to try before simply medicating children.

  • Seeking child therapy does NOT mean you are failing as parents!

    Seeking child therapy does NOT mean you are failing as parents!

    01/05/2019 Duração: 05min

    Sometimes it is a struggle when families pursue therapy for their kids. In this podcast, Dr. Brenna helps you to understand the way that the therapy process works and some of the common concerns that parents have as a result of feeling that they need some support and help for their kids.

  • Get Your Kids Moving to Combat Diagnoses!

    Get Your Kids Moving to Combat Diagnoses!

    27/02/2019 Duração: 04min

    In this video, Dr. Hicks talks about research revealing that a holistic approach, that aligns with Play Therapy, is effective in combating common child diagnoses. Before you accept a pediatrician's diagnosis, and medicate your kids, consider this simple, more natural approach!

  • Stop Rewarding Negative Behaviors

    Stop Rewarding Negative Behaviors

    08/02/2019 Duração: 08min

    Many parents don't realize that the way they respond to their kids is actually REWARDING their NEGATIVE behavior! In this video, Dr. Hicks explains what this looks like, and how to implement a play therapy technique to prevent rewarding negative behavior.

  • The Top 3 Most Preventable Behavior Problems

    The Top 3 Most Preventable Behavior Problems

    29/12/2018 Duração: 07min

    Dr. Brenna discusses the top 3, most easily preventable reasons kids display behavior problems.  So before reacting, mentally go through this list to see if you can quickly eliminate the cause for these top 3 reasons children misbehave.

  • Play Therapy with Teens

    Play Therapy with Teens

    29/12/2018 Duração: 09min

    Play Therapy works for all age groups. In this episode, Dr. Brenna explains what play therapy with teens and older populations may look like, and why it's effective.

  • The Magic of Play Therapy

    The "Magic" of Play Therapy

    19/06/2018 Duração: 05min

    Sometimes, Play Therapy is described as "Magical" because people don't know why it works so well, it just does. In this episode, Dr. Brenna explains how play therapy works by telling a story of one of her clients who worked through his issues through play. He did it at home... not the play room... and his Mom witnessed, first hand, the "magic" of play therapy!

  • #Badmom

    #Badmom

    11/05/2018 Duração: 07min

    A video that I had to record as a result of a simple bumper sticker on a car in front of me… and it is now my personal mission to make every parent claim positive and encouraging traits about themselves! Watch all the way to the end so that you can be empowered to fight the critical and harsh way that we talk about ourselves as parents.

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