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The Universal Language of Play

The Universal Language of Play

With the winter solstice approaching on December 21st, it seems we as a society are grappling with the possibility of change when it comes to our traditional celebrations of light and warmth around this time of year. It is fascinating in that the welcoming of the...

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

SAD, or Seasonal Affective Disorder, affects an estimated 10 million Americans each year. Females are about four times more likely than males to develop SAD and, although it is more common in adults, it can also affect children and young teens.

Big News

Big News

Dear clients, there will be no monthly blog this month because we are …..drum roll please…..

Your Anxious Mind in the Time of COVID

Your Anxious Mind in the Time of COVID

In the last week, I had three separate conversations with three different patients about how to handle their overly anxious mind during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic and the transitioning out of quarantine time. It occurred to me that there are many more people...

Transitioning Out Of Quarantine

Transitioning Out Of Quarantine

As the world is transitioning out of COVID-related lock-downs, we are seeing increased levels of anxiety in our patients, young and old(er). Here is Dr. Natasha Kendal discussing how to make this transition a little easier for everyone. Natasha Kendal and Associates...

Parenting in the age of CORONA

Parenting in the age of CORONA

Today I would like to share with you some of my thoughts and musings on the struggles that parents all around me are experiencing while trying to work, teach and parent all at the same time. Now, it is self-evident that wearing multiple hats all at once is a...

COVID Musings

COVID Musings

I usually have no trouble coming up with blog topics, but this one has been tricky. I just couldn’t put in words my thoughts and feelings as we enter the second month of the stay-at-home order due to the COVID-19 pandemic here in Michigan. So, for lack of another way...

An Ode to Schedules

An Ode to Schedules

As I am writing this post, more and more businesses and governments are shutting down; families are staying home or only venturing out on urgent errands, and nursing homes are in lock-down modes due to the spread of Coronavirus. Many parents are struggling to balance the needs of their young children with the demands of their careers, and teachers and school districts are reinventing education to work from home.

Parenting Advice – The Big Secret

Friends, family, and clients often ask me the same question – what is the best bit of parenting wisdom and advice I received and can pass on to them? That’s a tough question to answer, as it appears that every family is different, and every child has unique challenges...

Why Therapy?

“What will therapy actually do for me?” “I don’t know if it’s going to work.” “My problems aren’t that bad.” Sound familiar? Before I experienced therapy myself, these were common thoughts I would tell myself to perpetuate the stigma that therapy is ineffective, and...

Goal-Setting for the New Year

DOWNLOAD YOUR VISION BOARD HERE! Happy New Year! Not only are we into a new year, we have entered a whole new decade. If you are at all similar to me, when I stop and think about what has occurred in my life over the last 10 years, I feel like a whole lifetime has...

Props for Parents

Reaching Your Child During Severe Anxiety Anxiety is by far the number one presenting problem in our office, for both adults and children alike. Sometimes the anxiety gets so strong and painful that it manifests itself in extreme behaviors and presents itself like...

New in 2020: Tele-Therapy!

Convenience, Comfort, Connection We have a fantastic announcement to make at Natasha Kendal and Associates! As of early 2020, we have added  tele-therapy to our traditional face-to-face modality of therapy! Skeptical? Consider this: 1. It’s convenient! Don’t...

Controlled Choices for Children

For children who have suffered any number of Adverse Childhood Experiences, it’s important to set limits and create structure! Here’s a great visual for just that. From Behavioral Interventions and Solutions, LLC Natasha Kendal and Associates 1760 South Telegraph...

Therapist Spotlight

Sara Levi As you head back to school with your kids, some may experience difficulty, which is why we want to highlight one of our incredible therapists, Sarah Levi, at Natasha Kendal and Associates. Please take a moment to read her amazing experience she brings to...

Using Senses to Soothe

“I go into nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order”   – John Buroughs Life is a multi-sensory event. Many people are familiar with the senses of sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch. Balance and body movement, and body awareness are...

Why I Think Summer is a great time to engage in Psychotherapy

As many of us are wrapping up our school year, our thoughts naturally turn to endless warm summer days, family trips, in-scheduled afternoons, and ice cream trucks (ok, maybe the last one is just me). However, I want to propose a somewhat unorthodox use of our...

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