Author Archives: Gretchen Derda (Woosley), MSW, LCSW
Mental Health Awareness Month
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. This is an opportunity to discuss a topic that most of us find very uncomfortable but that is a huge health concern in our country…Suicide. We don’t yet have information about how the current … Continue reading
What Are You Learning to Value During the Pandemic?
The Covid 19 pandemic has been horrific. So many have been ill, lost their lives, their loved ones, their jobs. It has been surreal. We have all tried to make the best of it. What I am heartened to hear … Continue reading
Take an Imaginary Trip
Guided meditation can be very effective in reducing symptoms of anxiety. Often I introduce this method to children by asking them to take an imaginary trip with me. They are almost always willing! So I ask them where they think … Continue reading
Staying Calm in a Very Stressful Time
The current pandemic is causing stress and anxiety in varying degrees for most of us. Coming up with ways to handle this stress is going to be important especially since we don’t know how long this is going to last. … Continue reading
Maintaining a Sense of Routine
School is out for an undetermined amount of time. It could be months before it’s back in session. And most adults are working from home or likely will be very soon. All of a family’s routines are now out the … Continue reading
CURRENTLY ALL APPOINTMENTS WILL BE HELD VIA VIDEO CONFERENCING
Due to the need for social distancing to prevent the spread of Covid19, all sessions are temporarily being offered via video conferencing. Please contact me through email if you have not received the link for your appointment conference.
Social Distancing. Now what?
Friends, since schools are closed and many adults are not leaving home for work I’m anticipating a few challenges for families and also for adults that live alone…boredom and loneliness. The temptation for parents is to allow kids to zone … Continue reading
Preventing Anxiety in Kids about Coronavirus
If you have young children in your care please be mindful about how all the conversations about the coronavirus may affect them. There is really no need for young children to be party to these conversations and it has the … Continue reading
When did the concept of RESPECT go out of style? When did it become okay for kids to be disrespectful to their parents and other adults? When did it become tolerated for children to curse at their parents or to … Continue reading
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