Vitality Family Therapy, PLLC

Vitality Family Therapy, PLLC At Vitality Family Therapy we provide mental health counseling to children, adolescents, and their f

09/06/2023

A growing body of research suggests that heavy tech usage—phones, internet, social media, video games—is associated with increased risk for anxiety, depression, impulsivity, substance abuse, and more. The good news is that when it comes to technology and your kids, you have more influence than you think. We’re going to show you how to do it. Join us on September 14th for our FREE webinar.

Sign Up ➡️ https://bit.ly/45OmSIi

It will be time for kids to go back to school before we know it. This is a great opportunity if you have any questions a...
07/11/2023

It will be time for kids to go back to school before we know it. This is a great opportunity if you have any questions about facilitating the process to get your child additional support in the school setting.

Join us for this month's Parent Support Group where we will be discussing preparing for going back to school and setting you child up for success. This group is OPEN TO ALL parents and caretakers in the Charlotte Community and will be in person only. Reach out to our office to RSVP!

We are officially down to the last week to register for the Summer sessions of Herd Dynamics and Great Expectations soci...
06/09/2023

We are officially down to the last week to register for the Summer sessions of Herd Dynamics and Great Expectations social skills groups. Limited remaining spots available. For more information or to register please email [email protected]

This class clown could not be more ready for his kiddos to be on summer break so they can come see him more ☀️😎 Swipe le...
05/26/2023

This class clown could not be more ready for his kiddos to be on summer break so they can come see him more ☀️😎 Swipe left to see what he thinks of my therapeutic activities lately (*hint* the horse ate my homework 🙄) If you are seeing some regression in your child’s behaviors around the end of their school year remember that this is common and likely developmentally appropriate. Kids find safety in routines and familiarity and while the transition to summer break sounds like a positive change it’s still an unknown that could be causing some adjustment related stress. Be sure to keep your child updated on any unique activities or testing schedules to prepare them for what to expect each day. Make connections with the caregivers of their friends in effort to allow them to maintain these friendships over the summer months. Continue to acknowledge the growth that you’ve observed in them over the past year. Give grace (to yourself and your kids) and allow some time for adjustment to the summer routine. If you are still noticing regressive behavior or you would like your child to participate in a social skills group to make some progress over the summer the Summer session of our 8 week social skills groups will be from 6/15-8/10. Email [email protected] for more details.

Happy Valentine’s Day to all our VFT families ❤️ This Ninja Life Hacks book set includes stories on topics like love, co...
02/14/2023

Happy Valentine’s Day to all our VFT families ❤️ This Ninja Life Hacks book set includes stories on topics like love, compassion, and support that could spark some motivation to implement positive . I also love the wrinkled heart metaphor as a concrete way to convey the importance of thinking before you say something you don’t mean. I hope everyone makes some time to do something that fills your heart today. Much love!

Happy Holidays from all of us at Vitality Family Therapy ⛄️ We are wishing you and yours safe travels and a peaceful hol...
12/22/2022

Happy Holidays from all of us at Vitality Family Therapy ⛄️ We are wishing you and yours safe travels and a peaceful holiday!

✨Free Weninar✨ If you or someone you know is coping with grief this holiday season this could be a helpful resource to s...
12/09/2022

✨Free Weninar✨ If you or someone you know is coping with grief this holiday season this could be a helpful resource to share 💛

Upcoming Webinar! In this “I Don’t Know How” Series presented by the Center for Resilient Families at Arizona State University & The National Child Traumatic Stress Network, we explore difficult topics to equip parents with the tools to navigate and provide support for various mental health conditions.

Join us Thursday, December 15th at 1:00 pm ET/10:00 am PT, for “I Don’t Know How to Have a Happy Holidays.” We’ll hear from providers who are working with bereaved parents and caregivers as well as a parent advocate to explore personal experiences faced by parents whose families are struggling with grief and loss this holiday season and talk with providers who help youth and families cope with those feelings.

You can register for the webinar here: https://bit.ly/3Hm0Mnj

12/09/2022

This complimentary webinar is hosted by 2020 Mom and presented by Postpartum Support International. During the webinar, you will learn about the various Maternal Mental Health Disorders, their differences, risk factors, and treatment options. Register Now: https://www.2020mom.org/free-intro-to-mmh

Those who register will receive a link to the recording.

Dr. Bruce Perry and Dr. Bessel van der Kolk are two of my favorite researchers and authors on the topic  of trauma. I’m ...
12/09/2022

Dr. Bruce Perry and Dr. Bessel van der Kolk are two of my favorite researchers and authors on the topic of trauma. I’m a big believer in knowledge as power and the more we know about the neuroscience of mental health and trauma the better equipped we are to truly provide . 🧠

This is a great visual representation for feelings of grief. I would add a button on the bottom of the jar as well and i...
12/06/2022

This is a great visual representation for feelings of grief. I would add a button on the bottom of the jar as well and imagine that as the ball rolls around the jar there will be times when the ball would roll over the button and trigger thoughts and feelings of grief. The holidays can be an exceptionally difficult time when experiences and memories may be more intense. Check on your loved ones and be patient with yourself 💛 Victoria at Tread Deep Counseling PLLC is a great local counselor for adults if you find yourself needing some additional support this season.

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Cat had the fidget wiggles during our game of coping skills Jeopardy but we stayed focused and didn’t let his off task b...
12/05/2022

Cat had the fidget wiggles during our game of coping skills Jeopardy but we stayed focused and didn’t let his off task behavior distract us.

✨Choice Giving✨ is one of my favorite therapeutic skills. Garry Landreth says, “give little choices for little kids and ...
11/30/2022

✨Choice Giving✨ is one of my favorite therapeutic skills. Garry Landreth says, “give little choices for little kids and big choices for big kids”. When you allow children to make decisions from a young age they learn that they are capable of making choices and can gently experience both the positive and negative consequences associated with these choices. There are many times in life where there are not step by step instructions and this can be quite intimidating for kids who have never had the opportunity to make choices before. Choice giving for young children can be as simple as, “Do you choose to wear the red shirt or purple shirt today?” or “Do you choose grapes or an apple with lunch?”. As kids become teenagers the choices may sound like “Do you choose to hang out with your new friends or your old friends tonight? or “Do you choose to drive your car at 65mph or 85mph?”. These big kid questions could feel quite overwhelming if you’ve never had practice making decisions. It also allows you as a parent to practice allowing your child, age appropriate, autonomy so you have more confidence in your child’s ability to navigate decisions. What choice can you give your kiddos today?

5:30pm sunsets are not my favorite but I am thankful to live in NC where we can get outside and get some Vitamin D ☀️ ye...
11/28/2022

5:30pm sunsets are not my favorite but I am thankful to live in NC where we can get outside and get some Vitamin D ☀️ year around. Seasonal affective disorder is a real thing and many people report changes in energy and mood during the winter months. Children are no different and this in combination with changes in meal times and sleep schedules can be a natural cause for behavioral difficulties this time of year. Even on cold days encourage your family to bundle up and get outside to . Those endorphins can be a great mood booster. Sincerely, your frozen counselor who cannot wait until Spring

This is such an important message to remember around the holidays. There are many generational messages that may suggest...
11/27/2022

This is such an important message to remember around the holidays. There are many generational messages that may suggest what a “well behaved child” may look like. Remember, children are commonly emotionally expressive beings so happiness and joy can easily look like hyperactivity and difficulties listening. Changes in routines, spending time with different people, and shifts in environment could all be natural causes for changes in behavior. Be patient with yourself and with your child and establish boundaries with extended family as needed. We can learn a lot about and from our kiddos so 💛 We are wishing you and yours a wonderful, healthy, and loving holiday season.

There’s just something about decorating throughout the year that can bring a sense of joy. Do you enjoy generic Fall dec...
10/20/2022

There’s just something about decorating throughout the year that can bring a sense of joy. Do you enjoy generic Fall decor 🍁, cute Halloween 🎃 or spooky Halloween 👻? The farm location has a little bit of everything this year. Our equine specialists also regularly monitor equine safety and love that decorations double as desensitization tools. Swipe left to see what the horses think of things flying through the trees.

Accepting compliments may sound easy but difficulties accepting compliments is actually quite common. It’s one thing to ...
10/19/2022

Accepting compliments may sound easy but difficulties accepting compliments is actually quite common. It’s one thing to be able to say, thank you but quite another to be able to genuinely allow oneself to accept another person’s observation into their self concept. On the flip side, accepting criticism is an art within itself as well. Exploration of one’s values, boundaries, current self esteem, past relationships, and mood could all play into this. Everyone is unique but both compliments and feedback can contribute to growth and knowing your own recipe for motivation and growth is a powerful skill.

10/13/2022

Enjoyed some time in the beautiful NC mountains at Horse Sense of the Carolinas, Inc. expanding our knowledge of equine assisted growth and learning. We are so thankful for a beautiful week, sweet ponies, and all the new connections we made with other professionals who also love this work. (My secret counselor hack is scheduling CEUs in places that can double as vacation 😉) Excited to be home and share this information with the community.

This ^^^ 👏🏽 There never seems to be enough time and it can feel like everything needed to be accomplished yesterday but ...
10/05/2022

This ^^^ 👏🏽 There never seems to be enough time and it can feel like everything needed to be accomplished yesterday but quick fixes are just that, quick fixes! I love this quote as it relates to parenting. Are there ways to encourage children to make behavioral changes in a few short weeks? Sure. Do those bandaids keep the child from getting the cut in the first place? Probably not. When we slow down and take the time it takes to do things like build a stronger relationship and discover a child’s intrinsic motivation we can promote the learning of skills and create meaningful change that can stay with a person throughout their life.

🍁Happy Fall y’all 🍂 The horses are loving these crisp mornings
09/27/2022

🍁Happy Fall y’all 🍂 The horses are loving these crisp mornings

We had the opportunity to spread the word about   at the annual Horse Lovers Day and Breast Cancer Awareness Event at Le...
09/21/2022

We had the opportunity to spread the word about at the annual Horse Lovers Day and Breast Cancer Awareness Event at Leatherman Lane this weekend. This event ended up raising nearly $6500 for Go Jen Go! We had the best time spending the day with Tread Deep Counseling PLLC who sees and adults at her farm location (right across the street from us) and talking to community members. We cannot wait to be apart of this wonderful event again next year!

✨5 Tips for rejection sensitivity✨
09/07/2022

✨5 Tips for rejection sensitivity✨

"I acknowledge that my intense sensitivity to rejection holds me back – from friendships and relationships to climbing the career ladder and other opportunities – but how can I cope when my emotions and fears feel so raw and extreme?”
Get 5 tips here: https://www.additudemag.com/how-to-deal-with-rejection-rsd-adhd/

09/05/2022

Wishing all our  kiddos a smooth transition back to school! We can’t wait to hear about all the amazing things you guys ...
08/29/2022

Wishing all our kiddos a smooth transition back to school! We can’t wait to hear about all the amazing things you guys accomplish this school year!

Nothing like the first page of a fresh new journal 📓✏️ Shout out to all the school supplies lovers like myself 🙋🏽‍♀️ For...
08/18/2022

Nothing like the first page of a fresh new journal 📓✏️ Shout out to all the school supplies lovers like myself 🙋🏽‍♀️ For some kids, journaling can be a great outlet. It can be used to document significant events and promote organization of thoughts and feelings. Journaling can help get thoughts and worries out of one’s thinking cycle so they can fall asleep 😴. It could also be used as a log of positive achievements so kids have evidence of their strengths and accomplishments during times when they’re not feeling confident. There are also great journals out there with prompts to promote the parent child relationship. So many ways to use journaling and any pen and paper will do!

With many kids going back to school these next few weeks, belonging and acceptance has been a hot topic lately. Remind y...
08/16/2022

With many kids going back to school these next few weeks, belonging and acceptance has been a hot topic lately. Remind your kiddos of the qualities you and about them. True friends will accept you just as you are. Be yourself and trust that the right people will be drawn to this genuine energy. Remind yourself of your values and goals and chances are you will find connections with others along your journey this school year.

A common anxious thought in starting counseling can be, “But I don’t want to burden anyone with my problems.” Counseling...
08/11/2022

A common anxious thought in starting counseling can be, “But I don’t want to burden anyone with my problems.” Counseling is a safe place where we make a point to remind our clients that they never have to be alone with overwhelming feelings and you and your feelings are never a burden! Even when clients express that they need space, the natural environment allows clients to realize that they still don’t have to walk through the “mud” in life alone 🐴🐾🦌 🧠

Our Summer session of the Herd Dynamics Social Skills Group has wrapped up 🥳 It’s always so great to see the confidence ...
08/03/2022

Our Summer session of the Herd Dynamics Social Skills Group has wrapped up 🥳 It’s always so great to see the confidence that blooms during these groups! The next session will start the first full week of September. Early registration ends 8/17 and registration for the Fall session closes on 8/31. Email [email protected] to register. We look forward to seeing you at the farm! 🧠

07/16/2022
Feeling identification exercises with this 🦄
07/07/2022

Feeling identification exercises with this 🦄

As a counselor who utilizes experiential models like play therapy,  I have frequent conversations about how children can...
06/24/2022

As a counselor who utilizes experiential models like play therapy, I have frequent conversations about how children can better process and learn helpful information through play but have you ever tried to get a child to go somewhere or participate in an activity that they don’t want to do? You should not have to “make” your child go to counseling. It’s our job to teach children that counseling is a safe place that they can utilize for self care throughout their life and providing a fun, welcoming experience is part of that. One of my favorite things to hear is, “My child actually enjoys coming here!”. As they should! I will yell it from the rooftops, COUNSELING CAN BE FUN!

Even Cat couldn’t resist joining in on our strengths exploration game this week. If you are looking for a game to promot...
06/21/2022

Even Cat couldn’t resist joining in on our strengths exploration game this week. If you are looking for a game to promote positive self talk, self esteem, or a focus on strengths among family members Totem is a great option. It is a fun way to encourage children and teens to focus on other’s positive qualities and receiving these can be heartwarming too 😻

So proud of all of our clients that completed the Spring session of our Herd Dynamics social skills group. I know they w...
06/03/2022

So proud of all of our clients that completed the Spring session of our Herd Dynamics social skills group. I know they will be starting their summer activities with more confidence in themselves and all their new skills. The horses are excited to meet all our summer session 1 kiddos next week! For more information or client inquiries feel free email me at [email protected]

  repurpose those plastic Easter eggs as a feeling identification tool. I like to encourage kids to mix the tops and bot...
04/15/2022

repurpose those plastic Easter eggs as a feeling identification tool. I like to encourage kids to mix the tops and bottoms of the eggs to represent feeling multiple feelings at the same time. This is a great way to give kids a visual representation of this concept and then they can even use the eggs to show us how they’re feeling 🐣

Is your kiddo fidget obsessed?!? While fidget toys have become one of the latest top toys many of them truly have some g...
02/17/2022

Is your kiddo fidget obsessed?!? While fidget toys have become one of the latest top toys many of them truly have some great therapeutic benefits. For older elementary and pr***en clients we commonly incorporate a psychoeducational component to sessions in which clients learn cognitive behavioral strategies that can help with self regulation. We understand that kids are concrete thinkers and so during an initial session they may be invited to use their creative expression skills 🎨 to make a coping skills bag or box that they take home with them. Then during future sessions, they may learn coping skills that pair with a specific fidget items. They then take this fidget item home in their coping skills container and now they have a concrete, visual reminder of this strategy to remind them to use these positive coping skills throughout the week. Kids are encouraged to practice these strategies regularly so that choosing a positive coping strategy during a distressing situation becomes more readily accessible. And what kid doesn’t love practicing coping skills with fidget items?

❤️Happy Valentines Day from Vitality Family Therapy ❤️ We hope you do something today that puts a smile on your face. Wh...
02/14/2022

❤️Happy Valentines Day from Vitality Family Therapy ❤️ We hope you do something today that puts a smile on your face. Whether this involves caring for others or caring for yourself know that you are loved and your happiness is important.

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02/12/2022

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Where's the Dude? Hint - it's not the one in the APT Logo :) Let us know when you find it but don't reveal the location.

As   comes to a close I would like to leave you with this You Tube video that provides a great introduction to play ther...
02/12/2022

As comes to a close I would like to leave you with this You Tube video that provides a great introduction to play therapy and how it helps https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=reJpo-GaopM For more information on play therapy visit a4pt.org 🎈

  ✨Fun fact of the day✨ According to research by Dr Karyn Purvis, scientists have discovered that it takes approximately...
02/08/2022

✨Fun fact of the day✨ According to research by Dr Karyn Purvis, scientists have discovered that it takes approximately 400 repetitions to create a new synapse in the brain, unless it is done in play, in which it only takes 10-20 repetitions. This is supportive evidence for the and how allows children to truly learn new ways of being. For more information on play therapy visit www.a4pt.org🎈

Happy   As a member of The Association for Play Therapy and a local provider I love bringing awareness to the therapeuti...
02/06/2022

Happy As a member of The Association for Play Therapy and a local provider I love bringing awareness to the therapeutic powers of play! Visit The Association for Play Therapy for more information 🎈

Who's ready for National Play Therapy Week? Visit the National Play Therapy Week page of the APT website (a4pt.org) for ideas to celebrate and join the fun!

Did you know that horses can hear a humans heartbeat from up to four feet away?!? Horses are herd animals and they actua...
02/06/2022

Did you know that horses can hear a humans heartbeat from up to four feet away?!? Horses are herd animals and they actually synchronize their heartbeats to other horses in their herd in order to sense danger more quickly. We frequently incorporate this information into psychotherapy sessions to promote clients growth of emotional regulation and social interaction skills. Clients are able to practice these skills in real time with our strongly attuned co-workers 🐴

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Huntersville, NC
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