My name is Mariah the owner and a Therapist of Keller Child & Family Therapy. This is a strange time indeed. COVID-19 is challenging our lives to think and act differently moving us from past ways to future ways of interacting with one another. I have not used this forum..blogging….because I was content with my private practice, clients and professional peers. This is comfort to me but now I must change and do it differently. Essentially moving from my recent past comfort zone to my future uncomfortable zone.
Quarantine has slowed me down! So far it has been a time for me to reflect and try new things. I miss seeing clients face to face so much it hurts my heart. It makes me sad but, I would be hypocritical if I did not seize the opportunity in COVID-19. So I did! With my amazing team, Amy, Grace, Elizabeth and Dorna. We shifted our way of thinking which was, ‘the only way to provide therapy was face to face.’ Now we are seeing clients using Telehealth.
Our staff all have opinions about the pros and cons of therapeutic rapport and interpersonal relationships with clients but it is safe to say we all agree face to face is best! However, there have been positive interactions with many clients using Telehealth. First its convenient, the obvious it’s safe because of social distancing and it is also easy to access. With just a few clicks and downloads of HIPPA approved apps ‘boom’ the therapist and client are face to face (albeit some kind of device separates us) it does not stop therapeutic listening or empathizing.
I have personally experienced some clients talking more vs in the office and I have witnessed first hand how overwhelmed parents and individuals are in their day to day lives with their children, siblings, husbands/wives, cats and dogs jumping in on the session. We have made the best of the randomness of these events happening during sessions. Typically when clients come to the office it is a full hour of undivided attention however on the flip side when I see how busy lives are it brings me to a different level of awareness and empathy.
So, thank you to the clients who stay dedicated to wellness and thank you to new clients who are aware now more than ever it is a time to seek therapy through a new uncharted forum, Telehealth.
When I was a teenager I compared myself to those around me. I compared my looks, what I had or did not have and relationships. I compared myself to my peers and celebrities. To be honest the characters from 90210! Yes, I am dating myself! I knew it was just a tv show but still it was hard sometimes to not compare myself.
Teenagers today deal with the same stressors as we did when we were in high school however NOW they have the added pressure of social media. Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc.. provide thousands of opportunities for teenagers to compare themselves to each other.
Some teenagers struggle more then others with feelings of sadness, worthlessness or depression and the way they cope with these feelings is to withdraw and or cutthemselves. Self-harm behaviors seems unfathomable for adults to fully grasp. I offer a group that tackles why and what to do about it. We discuss, stress, family dynamics, attachment, trust and mindfulness. Feel free to check out the flyer for details.
If you were to listen in on a conversation between the Person who knows you best and someone else…what would You’re Person say about you?
Starting New Things…The Color White..
Hi, my name is Mariah, the owner and therapist of this site. I wanted to take a moment and thank all supporters of my new adventure as a therapist here in Keller/Southlake/Grapevine and surrounding areas. This has been an unbelievable experience. I love every second..even the times when I am exhausted.
I read a book to some of my younger clients called, I Feel Orange Today. The book is about expressing feelings using colors. Colors are a great way to express how we feel. For example red usually represents anger, blue sad etc…In this book the color White represents new things. This is my White..My Practice, The Organic Therapist…
I am writing my thoughts on this fresh new white page (I’ve never written a blog before..it’s NEW to me..White!) I feel great when I wear white, it feels new and clean.
I wonder if colors trigger us as individuals to behave in certain ways, good or ugly. I remember having a conversation with friends who suggested the color Red in Asian Restaurants makes people eat more, this could be true…..I eat a TON!!
When you think of White, what do you think about? Do you notice anything different about how you interact with others? Do you notice how others behave differently?
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