Looking for more peaceful days and nights?
Amy Reamer, LMFT, RPT of Heart and Mind Therapy Services will be presenting a Peaceful Parenting Workshop on Saturday, February 24, 2018, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM at Tame Your Tiger Brain Training.
It’s a vicious cycle. Something triggers a big emotion – we say or do something we regret – we feel bad about what we said or did and ALSO now feel ashamed we lost control of our emotions. This makes us want to avoid big feelings so we don’t get to that point again. We try to hold the lid on the pot but it just boils over again – we say we are sorry and then kick ourselves again. It’s a vicious cycle. Dr. Brené Brown, shame researcher says “Shame is such a powerful emotion that it can literally overcome us.”
Mind Body Art Group for Teens will start again in January – dates and times TBD soon.
Emotional awareness & exploration is not always easy but through the power of art and mind-body practices participants will better understand, release, and regulate anxieties, fears, sadness, as well as joys & successes. Art therapy, yoga and other sensory experiences will be used to develop healthy coping skills, release anxiety, heal from past and present traumas, and connect with others in a meaningful and healthy way. Teens ages 13-18 are welcome to join.
Does your child avoid loud sounds? Avoid places with a lot of noise? Cover their ears and cry when sirens get close? Do you or someone you know have Misophonia? “Misophonia, also known as selective sound sensitivity syndrome, starts with a trigger. It’s often an oral sound — the noise someone makes when they eat, breathe, chew, yawn, or whistle. Sometimes a small repetitive motion is the cause — someone fidgets, jostles you, or wiggles their foot.” (WebMd, 2016) Misophonia can cause mild feelings of anxiety or extreme reactions like rage or panic.
I am reaching out to let you know about my training in Autplay (described below). For more detailed info visit our webpage
AutPlay® Therapy was created by Dr. Robert Jason Grant and is a play therapy approach to working with children and parents dealing with autism disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, dysregulation issues, other neurodevelopmental disorders, and developmental disabilities. It combines the therapeutic approaches of play therapy and behavioral therapy along with relationship development approaches together in a collaborative model to assist children and adolescents in gaining needed skills and abilities. AutPlay Therapy is a combination of behavioral and developmental methodology that is both therapist-led and parent-led.
Next Start Date – Monday, October 2nd, 2017 5-6 pm
Emotional awareness & exploration is not always easy but through the power of art and mind-body practices participants will better understand, release, and regulate anxieties, fears, sadness, as well as joys & successes. Art therapy, yoga and other sensory experiences will be used to develop healthy coping skills, release anxiety, heal from past and present traumas, and connect with others in a meaningful and healthy way. Teens ages 13-18 are welcome to join. Call 804-307-2801 or to register: http://www.heartmindrva.com/groups.html
Hosted by Lynn Louise Wonders, LPC, RPT-S, CPCS and Presented by: Amy Reamer, LMFT, RPT, CTA, CTP of Heart and Mind Therapy Services
This LIVE WEBINAR is a two hour play therapy workshop and an opportunity to learn interventions for self-regulation developed by Amy Reamer. Amy uses the concept of certain animals in conjunction with neuroscience as a part of play therapy with young children, teens, adults and even with couples and parents as a very useful tool. Amy published a book called “Toby the Tiger Tamer” so that other professionals and parents would have a tool to use with their clients and children. School counselors, occupational therapists, foster care social workers and others have found it helpful in explaining the brain to children. Based on her book, this workshop provides training on how to use these play therapy interventions that are are non-judgmental, non-shaming, and empowering. They provide a tool for effective communication. Trauma takes a toll on self confidence and an overactive Tiger continues that cycle.
Negative behaviors at school are often an indicator of an underlying learning issue. The Brain having difficulty communicating with other parts of the body to take in information or get certain tasks done. One issue often not recognized is dysgraphia. Dysgraphia causes a person to have difficulty with written expression (understood.org). Writing assignments often feel very overwhelming, holding a pencil and organizing writing on lines is challenging. Often those struggling with dysgraphia have sloppy handwriting and avoid writing assignments or shut down when facing a lot of writing. They aren’t being lazy or defiant, they are coping with brain and body parts not communicating well so it feels like trying to run a marathon with your shoes stuck in the mud. Very tiring and overwhelming to say the least. So if you are seeing some of these behaviors this school year investigate what’s going on. An evaluation may be warranted. Try to think of behaviors as symptoms. Sneezing can mean a cold or allergies or something else. Defiance or avoidance doesn’t always tell you exactly what’s going on.