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Play is the language of children and toys are their words.

Thanks for celebrating National Play Therapy Week with us!!



#playtherapy #nationalplaytherapyweek #play #kids #child #therapy #parenting #parentingtips #playtherapyweek2022
Taking a break to color the #nationalplaytherapyweek coloring sheet! Show us your coloring sheets and let us know why you use play therapy!




#playtherapy #nationalplaytherapyweek #play #kids #child #therapy #parenting #parentingtips #playroom #color @ctr4playtherapy @association4playtherapy
What is play therapy?

For children, play is a significant part of the therapeutic process. It is the natural way children express and learn about themselves. In play therapy, children use toys and materials to express their emotions, feelings, and needs. It encourages children to communicate with others, modify behaviors, develop problem-solving skills, and more!

Swipe to take a peak inside our playroom!



#playtherapy #nationalplaytherapyweek #play #kids #child #therapy #parenting #parentingtips #playroom @ctr4playtherapy @association4playtherapy
Happy National Play Therapy Week 2022!

Find out more about what play therapy is and how it works for children on our website
www.headfirstdallas.com

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#playtherapy #nationalplaytherapyweek #play #kids #child #therapy #parenting #parentingtips @association4playtherapy
We are so excited to share that HeadFirst Counseling has moved! Our new office space is a beautiful place to work and play!
More encouragement for sticking to strict rules around screen time for kids. At HeadFirst we encourage avoiding tablet and iPad use on school days (sun evening-thurs) and limit of 2 hours (non consecutive) per weekend day for all kids under 10.

Read more about the research here:
https://medicalxpress.com/news/2021-03-preschoolers-extensive-electronic-media-linked.html
Thank you, @dfwchildmag ! Honored to be listed as one of their Mom-Approved therapists in the play therapy category! 😘
Often wonder what Mr. Rogers would have to say about days like 1/6/21.

Sometimes it feels like there is nothing that parents can say to their children to make it better.

Sometimes it feels like words fail us or we don’t know the answer, or even where to begin.

Sometimes love and physical comfort is all we can provide, and thank goodness- that’s enough.
The question on every parent’s mind: in-person or virtual school?

When it comes to this dilemma, let go of the perfect choice (there isn’t one). Instead, adopt a mindset of assessing and mitigating risk, then choosing the choice that is the best fit with the level of risk your family is comfortable with.

Using a systematic way to make this decision can help to relieve the inevitable mixed emotions that come up. Link in bio for a risk assessment tool that can be used to help determine the school/day care risk for your family.

#covid19 #covidschooling #returntoschool #parenting #pandemic #pandemicparenting #homeschool
“Why aren’t you enjoying the extra quality time with your kid?” lays bare what is really simmering below the surface — a retrograde view that maybe one parent (they mean the mom) shouldn’t be working, that doing so is bad for children, that it’s selfish to pursue financial gains (or solvency, as working parents will tell you). It is a sentiment so deeply woven into our cultural psyche that making the reasonable suggestion that one shouldn’t have to abandon a career or livelihood if offices reopen before schools, day cares and camps do is viewed as a chance to redeliberate this. - Deb Perelman, New York Times Parenting Op-Ed

Read the full article below. For working parents, this piece reflects every thought, emotion, stressor, and worry you have been reeling about the last four months.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/02/business/covid-economy-parents-kids-career-homeschooling.html

@nytimes @nytparenting

HeadFirst Counseling provides therapeutic services for children, teens, adults, and families in the Dallas, TX area.

Operating as usual

02/11/2022

Play is the language of children and toys are their words.

Thanks for celebrating National Play Therapy Week with us!!



#playtherapy #nationalplaytherapyweek #play #kids #child #therapy #parenting #parentingtips #playtherapyweek2022

Photos from HeadFirst Counseling's post 02/09/2022

Taking a break to color the #nationalplaytherapyweek coloring sheet! Show us your coloring sheets and let us know why you use play therapy!




#playtherapy #nationalplaytherapyweek #play #kids #child #therapy #parenting #parentingtips #playroom #color @ctr4playtherapy @association4playtherapy

Photos from HeadFirst Counseling's post 02/08/2022

What is play therapy?

For children, play is a significant part of the therapeutic process. It is the natural way children express and learn about themselves. In play therapy, children use toys and materials to express their emotions, feelings, and needs. It encourages children to communicate with others, modify behaviors, develop problem-solving skills, and more!

Swipe to take a peak inside our playroom!



#playtherapy #nationalplaytherapyweek #play #kids #child #therapy #parenting #parentingtips #playroom @ctr4playtherapy @association4playtherapy

02/07/2022

Happy National Play Therapy Week 2022!

Find out more about what play therapy is and how it works for children on our website
www.headfirstdallas.com

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#playtherapy #nationalplaytherapyweek #play #kids #child #therapy #parenting #parentingtips @association4playtherapy

HeadFirst Counseling updated their phone number. 01/20/2022

HeadFirst Counseling updated their phone number.

HeadFirst Counseling updated their phone number.

HeadFirst Counseling updated their address. 01/20/2022

HeadFirst Counseling updated their address.

HeadFirst Counseling updated their address.

Photos from HeadFirst Counseling's post 11/30/2021

We are so excited to share that HeadFirst Counseling has moved! Our new office space is a beautiful place to work and play!

Timeline Photos 05/03/2021

New Adolescent Therapist and Summer 2021 Groups - https://mailchi.mp/e78e5e321d59/new-adolescent-therapist-and-summer-2021-groups

Preschoolers' extensive electronic media use linked to emotional/behavioural issues 03/23/2021

Preschoolers' extensive electronic media use linked to emotional/behavioural issues

More encouragement for sticking to strict rules around screen time for kids. At HeadFirst we encourage avoiding tablet and iPad use on school days (sun evening-thurs) and limit of 2 hours (non consecutive) per weekend day for all kids under 10.

Read more about the research here:
https://medicalxpress.com/news/2021-03-preschoolers-extensive-electronic-media-linked.html

Preschoolers' extensive electronic media use linked to emotional/behavioural issues Preschoolers' extensive use of electronic media, including game consoles, mobile phones, and tablets, is linked to a heightened risk of emotional and behavioral problems by the age of 5, finds research published in the online journal BMJ Open.

02/01/2021

Thank you, @dfwchildmag ! Honored to be listed as one of their Mom-Approved therapists in the play therapy category! 😘

01/07/2021

Often wonder what Mr. Rogers would have to say about days like 1/6/21.

Sometimes it feels like there is nothing that parents can say to their children to make it better.

Sometimes it feels like words fail us or we don’t know the answer, or even where to begin.

Sometimes love and physical comfort is all we can provide, and thank goodness- that’s enough.

12/02/2020

Navigating the Holidays- 2020 Edition - https://mailchi.mp/7837b8b10d91/navigating-the-holidays-2020-edition

08/11/2020

The question on every parent’s mind: in-person or virtual school?

When it comes to this dilemma, let go of the perfect choice (there isn’t one). Instead, adopt a mindset of assessing and mitigating risk, then choosing the choice that is the best fit with the level of risk your family is comfortable with.

Using a systematic way to make this decision can help to relieve the inevitable mixed emotions that come up. Link in bio for a risk assessment tool that can be used to help determine the school/day care risk for your family.

#covid19 #covidschooling #returntoschool #parenting #pandemic #pandemicparenting #homeschool

nytimes.com 07/03/2020

In the Covid-19 Economy, You Can Have a Kid or a Job. You Can’t Have Both.

“Why aren’t you enjoying the extra quality time with your kid?” lays bare what is really simmering below the surface — a retrograde view that maybe one parent (they mean the mom) shouldn’t be working, that doing so is bad for children, that it’s selfish to pursue financial gains (or solvency, as working parents will tell you). It is a sentiment so deeply woven into our cultural psyche that making the reasonable suggestion that one shouldn’t have to abandon a career or livelihood if offices reopen before schools, day cares and camps do is viewed as a chance to redeliberate this. - Deb Perelman, New York Times Parenting Op-Ed

Read the full article below. For working parents, this piece reflects every thought, emotion, stressor, and worry you have been reeling about the last four months.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/02/business/covid-economy-parents-kids-career-homeschooling.html

@nytimes @nytparenting

nytimes.com Our struggle is not an emotional concern. We are not burned out. We are being crushed by an economy that has bafflingly declared working parents inessential.

nytimes.com 06/08/2020

Opinion | Camp Is Canceled. Three More Months of Family Time. Help.

Heading into Summer 2020 as a full time parent and paid worker at the same time is no easy undertaking (nearly impossible without additional help or coverage).

The article below by Jennifer Senior for the The New York Times provides a little encouragement for those of us struggling with summer and three more months of cancellations.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/24/opinion/coronavirus-parents-work-from-home.html?smid=ig-nytparenting&utm_source=curalate_like2buy&utm_medium=curalate_like2buy_HQQXWxJC__51f44e42-1835-4984-a93d-a97595a93a48&crl8_id=51f44e42-1835-4984-a93d-a97595a93a48

nytimes.com We’re homemakers, stay-at-home parents and paid workers. All at the same time.

06/06/2020

Pandemic Parenting and Racial Inequality Resources - https://mailchi.mp/5e0214556e0a/pandemic-parenting-and-racial-inequality-resources

04/18/2020

Before the age of 6yrs, children are not able to reliably recognize familiar people when part of the face is covered up or hidden. Recently many cities have mandated the use of masks when out in public or going to essential businesses, potentially creating many scary and frightening situations for young children.

Gradually exposing your child to masks can be helpful. Place it on a stuffed animal to wear, playfully take it on and off your face several times so your child can see it’s still mommy or daddy underneath the mask. Leave one out in their room or playroom for them to explore on their own if they choose.

For older children, allow them to practice wearing one around the house before the expectation of wearing it while out.

Staying home and keeping your children home is the safest and easiest method for now, but if you must venture out taking steps to reduce fear of masks can help empower your child and encourage social responsibility.
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dallasparks.org 03/26/2020

Rec At Home | Dallas Parks, TX - Official Website

Free Local Resource for Dallas Families!

Dallas Parks and Recreation City of Dallas Parks & Recreations has created a [email protected] program for families to stream free videos of fitness ideas, healthy snacks, and more!

https://www.dallasparks.org/544/Rec-At-Home

dallasparks.org Find leisure activities to do at home.

headfirstdallas.com 03/24/2020

Pandemic Parenting Survival Guide: For Parents of Young Children and Toddlers

Tips from our founder and therapist Laura Blunk McLaughlin for Parents of Toddlers and Young Kids for surviving the quarantine with some of your sanity intact :)

headfirstdallas.com How to come out of this Coronavirus quarantine with all family members still alive. Tips on how to manage your day and keep your toddler and yourself sane during the COVID-19 outbreak.

03/20/2020

We’ve collaborated with @miraclemilkookies and #messagefrommom podcast to bring you tips on how to navigate parenthood during this crazy pandemic. Great advice on how to talk to your kids about #CoronaVirus without increasing anxiety and fear. Go to podcasts app and search Message From Mom to listen for free!
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#covid_19 #covid #covidparenting #parenting #parenthood #podcast #quarantine #quarantineparenting #anxiety #kids #play #flattenthecurve #corona

12/24/2019

The holidays can be a difficult time for many people. It is important to take care of yourself and surround yourself with positive, supportive influences (sometimes that means a good movie or book, sometimes that means family, and sometimes that means friends that feel like family). Be kind to yourself and reflect on all you have accomplished in the past year. You are exactly where you need to be. You are enough. Merry Everything from your HeadFirst family. •




#happyholidays #christmas #hanukkah #kwanzaa #stnicholasday #solstice #yuletide #merryeverything #mentalhealth #mentalhealthholiday #mentalhealthhelp #support #supportmentalhealth #youarebeautiful #youareenough @ Dallas, Texas

10/28/2019

Some solid Monday advice 🙌🏼




#monday #mondaymood #mondaymotivation #mondayindallas #dallas #dallastherapy #dallasplaytherapy #childtherapy #familytherapy #mentalhealth #dallasmentalhealth #mentalhealthishealth #mentalhealthisimportant

08/23/2019

You’ve got this (for all our mamas too)!
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#repost @crisistextline and @gmf.designs #backtoschool

headfirstdallas.com 07/31/2019

How To Decrease Environmental Anxiety in your Child | Child & Adolescent Therapy in Dallas, TX- HeadFirst Counseling

Our latest blog post, by HeadFirst Counseling family therapist Laura Orr discusses the current topic of climate change anxiety, and how the talk of the impending end of the world is affecting our kids.

headfirstdallas.com What HBO's Big Little Lies taught us about climate change anxietyClimate change has been an increasingly prevalent topic of conversation and concern as article

headfirstdallas.com 07/08/2019

Helping Children Cope with Divorce | Child & Adolescent Therapy in Dallas, TX- HeadFirst Counseling

Divorce is tricky. Read our latest blog for tips on navigating through it with your kids as the focus.

headfirstdallas.com How to navigate the decision to proceed with a divorce with your child's best interest in mind.By Lexie Sikes, LMSWTherapist, HeadFirst CounselingIt is never e

momentousinstitute.org 07/01/2019

Equity: Why Talk About It with Children

Children often spend a lot of time thinking about fairness- especially amongst siblings. We love this article by the Momentous Institute explaining the importance of equity and ways to focus the conversation with your children around the idea of equity vs equality.

https://momentousinstitute.org/blog/equity-why-talk-about-it-with-children

momentousinstitute.org

05/30/2019

Weekend podcast plans? Check out the interview between our founder and play therapist, Laura McLaughlin @laurab_mc and Whitney Rowell, founder of @miraclemilkookies and Message From Mom! Access the podcast through the podcast app and on iTunes!

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#dallasmom #dallasmoms #playtherapy #parenting #parentingtips

05/12/2019

Happy Mother's Day to all our mamas out there!

05/10/2019

Does your child sometimes struggle to interact with same age peers? Challenges with friendships and difficulty in social relationships can lead to increased anxiety and low feelings of self worth that stay with children for much longer than we like to admit. Contact our office today for more information about our social skills groups this summer.

Now offering several groups for boys and girls, elementary and middle school ages.

04/23/2019

Summer groups now available! Now offering groups for children of all ages, and one new group particularly for fed up mommies (and you thought you were the only one!). Contact the HeadFirst Office for more information or to register (469) 665-9416 or [email protected]

03/23/2019

HeadFirst Counseling is excited to welcome Lexie Sikes to the therapy team!

Lexie is a Licensed Masters Social Worker and joins the team of clinicians at HeadFirst after specialized work in grief agencies and at a private catholic school in Oklahoma as a guidance counselor. Lexie specializes in the areas of divorce, grief and loss, anxiety, self-worth issues, and life transitions. Lexie is now accepting new clients and has after school sessions times available (while they last!). Read more about Lexie on our website under the Meet The Team tab at www.headfirstdallas.com

03/20/2019

HeadFirst is excited to welcome Laura Orr to the therapy team!

Laura is a seasoned therapist with many years experiences and is joining the HeadFirst team of clinicians after working in various non-profit agencies and in the Dallas community. Laura is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and also an Licensed Professional Counselor-Intern under the supervision of Elizabeth Coles, LPC-S 61349.

Laura specializes in issues related to infertility, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, stress, and trauma. Laura will be offering individual, family, group therapy, and couple's sessions at HeadFirst Counseling! Read more about Laura Orr on our website under the Meet the Team tab.

guidelive.com 02/26/2019

New 'kind cafe' coffee shop in Dallas is hiring unemployed former foster kids

Doing good in the neighborhood-

We love this new coffee bar coming to Lower Greenville that is hiring all former Foster Care youth.

https://www.guidelive.com/food-and-drink/2019/02/25/la-la-land-kind-cafe-dallas-hiring-foster-youths-lower-greenville

guidelive.com Francois Reihani is a 23-year-old Dallas man who says he came from nothing but always seemed to be working on something. Reihani's third...

02/23/2019

The HeadFirst Counseling team had a great morning at the DFW Kids Summer Camp Expo at @smudallas !! Contact our office for more information about our summer groups!
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#play #summer #dallas #playtherapy #headfirstcounseling #parenting #family #socialskills #emotionalhealth #counseling

02/21/2019

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Welcome to our Dallas office! Now accepting clients for the fall- call before the schedule fills up! (469) 665-9416 #hea...

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3500 Oak Lawn Ave, Suite 350
Dallas, TX
75219

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Tuesday 9am - 7pm
Wednesday 9am - 7pm
Thursday 9am - 7pm
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