Parent Like It Matters

Parent Like It Matters A Mental Health Therapy Group Practice for Children & Families in Wilmington, NC

We are so excited to announce our very first reading club! It will be meeting every Wednesday this summer from 5:30-6:30...
06/06/2024

We are so excited to announce our very first reading club! It will be meeting every Wednesday this summer from 5:30-6:30 pm and is an excellent opportunity for children ages 8-12 to work on social skills through ice breakers and silent reading time together! Meetings are $20 and preapproval is needed. Please reach out to [email protected] for more details and to register!

Looking for a good beach book that can also assist you and your parenting techniques? We recommend "Good Inside" by Dr. ...
06/06/2024

Looking for a good beach book that can also assist you and your parenting techniques? We recommend "Good Inside" by Dr. Becky Kennedy! This book stems from the root theme that all kids are "good inside" even when they have big emotions that don't seem good on the outside. Us therapists use this book to help our techniques and strongly recommend it.📖

"Plenty of parenting advice relies on perpetuating this assumption of badness, focusing on controlling kids rather than trusting them, sending them to their rooms instead of embracing them, labeling them as manipulative rather than in need." -Dr. Becky Kennedy. 🫶

Happy World S M I L E Day!😁🥰Life can be tough and full of surprises, both good and not so good, but it's a beautiful day...
05/31/2024

Happy World S M I L E Day!😁🥰

Life can be tough and full of surprises, both good and not so good, but it's a beautiful day to get outside and do things that make you ~smile~ 😊🌻

WE ARE GROWING!! We are excited to share that we are ready to add a new part-time & full time therapist to our existing ...
05/29/2024

WE ARE GROWING!!

We are excited to share that we are ready to add a new part-time & full time therapist to our existing team! Applicants must be licensed to practice in the state of North Carolina and have prior experience working with children.

Please send resumes to [email protected]!

Memorial Day, a day of remembering and honoring all who served... Thank you!❤️🤍💙
05/27/2024

Memorial Day, a day of remembering and honoring all who served... Thank you!❤️🤍💙

Trauma isn't an easy topic to talk about, but did you know that 2/3 children of experience a traumatic event by the age ...
05/20/2024

Trauma isn't an easy topic to talk about, but did you know that 2/3 children of experience a traumatic event by the age of 16? Trauma can occur more often than you think and can be caused by different things, but it can also be helped in many different ways.

Examples of traumatic experiences a child may experience include:
🔺Community or school violence
🔺Pandemics
🔺Physical, verbal, or sexual abuse
🔺Witnessing or experiencing domestic violence
🔺Terrorism or natural disasters
🔺Loss of a loved one
🔺Physical or sexual assault
🔺Neglect
🔺Serious accidents
🔺Medical trauma
🔺Refugee trauma
🔺Bullying

We help children get through traumatic experiences through two main modalities- Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy for Children. In a nutshell, TF-CBT is an evidenced based therapy approach shown to help children and their parents or caregivers overcome trauma-related mental health symptoms. EMDR is a specialized form of therapy used most commonly to help resolve trauma or repressed memories that are causing distress.

If your child has experienced trauma, we are here to help get them on the path to healing. Our email is [email protected] and our phone number (call or text) is 910-707-4160.🩵

05/15/2024

Happy International Family Day!🥰

Parenting is tricky, growing up is tricky, being in a family is tricky. We can help you navigate this through parenting amd family support sessions that are catored to you and your family's needs.🫶

These sessions can provide help with issues such as:
🌻Family conflict
🌻Conflict between siblings
🌻Learning parenting skills
🌻Understanding your child's mental health diagnosis
🌻Learning coping skills or mindfulness techniques to use with your child​
🌻Preparing for school meetings or teacher conferences

Contact us today to get your sessions started by click the link below⬇🔗
https://www.parentlikeitmatterspllc.com/contact-3

05/15/2024

Breathing, doing things you enjoy, and staying positive are a few things you can do to keep your mental health at top notch! Keep going, you're doing great things😎🌻

As we continue through May, AKA Mental Health Awareness Month, we want you to know that we are here for you!🫶Some of our...
05/10/2024

As we continue through May, AKA Mental Health Awareness Month, we want you to know that we are here for you!🫶

Some of our specialties:
🌻Children 3+
🌻Trauma Work with Kids
🌻Play Therapy
🌻Co-Parenting and Couples
🌻Teens
🌻Autism/ADHD Diagnoses

We offer both in-person and virtual sessions... Click the link below to see what all we offer and to get scheduled with one of our AMAZING therapists today!⬇🔗
https://www.parentlikeitmatterspllc.com/meet-our-therapists

✨Happy Mental Health Awareness Month💪🧠Throughout the month of May, we will be giving you different tips and tricks to he...
05/03/2024

✨Happy Mental Health Awareness Month💪🧠

Throughout the month of May, we will be giving you different tips and tricks to help your mental health either improve or stay at a high level. We want you to succeed! If you're unsure where your mental health is at, that's okay... We are here for you.

Schedule an appointment with one of our mental health professionals today to get started on your journey to wellness! Click the link below to get going⬇🔗
https://www.parentlikeitmatterspllc.com/contact-3

Happy World Laughter Day! To get your laugh on, checkout our cheesy jokes for a quick giggle⬇🤣1️⃣ How do you make a tiss...
05/01/2024

Happy World Laughter Day! To get your laugh on, checkout our cheesy jokes for a quick giggle⬇🤣

1️⃣ How do you make a tissue dance?
Put a little boogie in it.
2️⃣Why did the rabbit go to the salon?
He was having a bad hare day.
3️⃣Where do sheep go on vacation?
The baaaa-hamas.
4️⃣What do you call a happy cowboy?
A jolly rancher.
5️⃣What kind of noise does a witch's vehicle make?
Brrrroooom, brrroooom.

If you have more jokes to make us laugh, comment them below!

Taking care of yourself is easier said than done as a parent. Keeping the kiddos happy is the name of the game, but what...
04/26/2024

Taking care of yourself is easier said than done as a parent. Keeping the kiddos happy is the name of the game, but what about you, mom and dad? Well, you deserve to smile too. 😌☀️🌻

Did you know that April is National Stress Awareness Month? We know stress exists and is good to have in small doses, bu...
04/23/2024

Did you know that April is National Stress Awareness Month? We know stress exists and is good to have in small doses, but what if it becomes too much and what can we do to combat it?🤔👊

Stress is when we worry or have mental tension caused by difficult situations. In small doses, stress encourages us to face those challenges and work through them. However, if stress is prolonged, your body can have many adverse effects such as high blood pressure, irritable bowl syndrome, acne breakouts, miscarriages, and more. Here are some things you can do to help lower your stress levels and live closer to a worry-free lifestyle:

🌻Get some exercise.
🌻Go out into the sun.
🌻Breathe in lavender essential oil.
🌻Go to any body of water- a stream, creek, river, the beach, etc.
🌻Do some yoga, mindfulness, or breathing exercises.
🌻Call us to talk about it- (910)707-4160.

So you probably know by now that we do play therapy, but how does playing help?When we are playing, we are working on ma...
04/18/2024

So you probably know by now that we do play therapy, but how does playing help?

When we are playing, we are working on many skills such as:

🌻Social engagement and reciprocity.
🌻Receptive and expressive language.
🌻Perspective taking and empathy.
🌻Gross and fine motor skills.
🌻Curiosity and creativity.
🌻Problem solving.
🌻Cooperation.

Play therapy entails a lot and is definitely not all fun and games all the time. It helps your child develop the key skills above. Get started by contacting us today using the link in our bio!



Meet Heidi Esparrago-Zepplin, MSW, LCSW, LCAS, another one of our marvelous team members!Heidi's Specialties:🌻Children a...
04/11/2024

Meet Heidi Esparrago-Zepplin, MSW, LCSW, LCAS, another one of our marvelous team members!

Heidi's Specialties:
🌻Children and Families
🌻Childhood Trauma
🌻Family Trauma
🌻TF-CBT Trained
🌻EMDR Certified
🌻Christian Counseling (Upon Request)

Heidi strives to create a warm and welcoming environment where children and families can feel comfortable sharing their true experiences, and to help create a plan for healing!

Click the link below to schedule with Heidi⬇️🔗
https://www.parentlikeitmatterspllc.com/meet-our-therapists

Catch a glimpse of the solar eclipse today? 😎Whether you were able to see it or not, we are here today to boost your ser...
04/09/2024

Catch a glimpse of the solar eclipse today? 😎

Whether you were able to see it or not, we are here today to boost your serotonin with some punny eclipse jokes...🤭

🌕How does the man in the moon cut his hair?
Eclipse it.
🌖What do you call road-tripping to the eclipse?
Going where the sun don't shine.
🌗What did the moon say to its therapist?
I'm just going through a phase.
🌘What did the moon say to the sun during the eclipse?
"Just passing through!"
🌑What's the moon's favorite snack during an eclipse?
Sun chips.

See you at the next eclipse!

With EOGs right around the corner, we want to remind everyone of some coping strategies to help you and your kids get th...
04/04/2024

With EOGs right around the corner, we want to remind everyone of some coping strategies to help you and your kids get through the stress that testing brings. 📚

🌻Drink a glass of water
🌻Go outside
🌻Do a breathing exercise
🌻Make a journal
🌻Go for a walk
🌻Talk it out

Working on these with your kids can help them make it through this challenging time of year! As always, we are here to help you out with these strategies and more.

If you or your child needs to schedule with us today, contact us using the link below⬇🔗
https://www.parentlikeitmatterspllc.com/contact-3

Beautiful reminders that YOU, Mom and Dad, are amazing 🫶🌻YOU are truly unique.🌻YOU are capable of hard things.🌻YOU are e...
03/29/2024

Beautiful reminders that YOU, Mom and Dad, are amazing 🫶

🌻YOU are truly unique.
🌻YOU are capable of hard things.
🌻YOU are exactly where you need to be.
🌻YOU haven't failed, you've progressed.
🌻YOU have permission to shine.
🌻YOU are loved and valued.

Parenting can be challenging and it's okay to not be rock solid 100% of the time. Take a breath and remember these 6 beautiful reminders; don't you forget 'em!

What's a good gauge of when your child is a-okay or about to explode? The feelings thermometer🌡🤒Having your child point ...
03/27/2024

What's a good gauge of when your child is a-okay or about to explode? The feelings thermometer🌡🤒

Having your child point out where they are at can help you calm them before the rage volcano erupts. With that, it is important to take note of when your child starts to have signs of them beginning boil. But what can you and your child do during these stages from happy ➡ calm ➡ sad ➡ worried ➡ frustrated ➡ angry?

😊Happy: smile and laugh, enjoy the feeling, share with your friends.
😌Calm: hangout with a friend, go outside, use nice words.
😢Sad: move and stretch your body, talk to your family/friends, read a book or play a game.
😥Worried: pause and talk to an adult, hug someone, think about a safe space.
😠Frustrated: walk outside, ask for a break, write down or talk about your feelings.
😡Angry: count out loud to 10, take deep breaths, ask for help.

You can practice these steps with your child to set them up for success when having big emotions. Remember, big emotions are OKAY! Using this feelings thermometer will help identify those big feelings and allow your child to calm down in a safe way.🌻

Happy First Day of S P R I N G☀️🌻Even though today was a bit on chilly side, we still get to recognize that spring has s...
03/20/2024

Happy First Day of S P R I N G☀️🌻

Even though today was a bit on chilly side, we still get to recognize that spring has sprung and new adventures await! Begin a new adventure with us at Parent Like It Matters through one of many therapeutic modalities we offer- Parenting and Family Support Sessions. Here are some things we cover in these sessions:

🌻Family conflict
🌻Conflict between siblings
🌻Learning parenting skills
🌻Understanding your child's mental health diagnosis
🌻Learning coping skills or mindfulness techniques to use with your child​
🌻Preparing for school meetings or teacher conferences

Sign up today for any concerns you have at home. We are here for you!
https://www.parentlikeitmatterspllc.com/contact-3

Time change is HARD especially with the littles... So what you can do about it? Enjoy the benefits that having more sunl...
03/15/2024

Time change is HARD especially with the littles... So what you can do about it? Enjoy the benefits that having more sunlight has to offer☀️🫶

Benefits to getting out into the sun:
☀️Natural Immunity Booster
☀️Increased Mental Health (From Vitamin D)
☀️Better Sleep
☀️Increased Mood (From Naturally Waking Up from the Sun)
☀️Increased Energy

Of course, everything in moderation. WebMD suggests 5-15min of sun exposure a day results in the positive effects listed above with less chance of any potential side effects. Take advantage of this beautiful weather in this beautiful place we call home☀️🌊🌻

Meet Kelly Knapp McCray, MA, LCMHCA, another one of our marvelous team members!Kelly's Specialties:🌻Children and Teens🌻S...
03/09/2024

Meet Kelly Knapp McCray, MA, LCMHCA, another one of our marvelous team members!

Kelly's Specialties:
🌻Children and Teens
🌻Sensory Processing and ADHD
🌻Autism
🌻Anxiety
🌻Depression
🌻Parenting Support

Kelly is a licensed mental health counselor associate who specializes in helping children (ages 6+) and teens learn coping skills, emotional regulation, and social skills. Autism, ADHD, Anxiety and Chronic Illness are her areas of special interest!

Click the link below to schedule with Kelly⬇️🔗
https://www.parentlikeitmatterspllc.com/meet-our-therapists

We are all about a little girl power over here. We are honored to be a woman-owned practice with an all female staff to ...
03/08/2024

We are all about a little girl power over here. We are honored to be a woman-owned practice with an all female staff to serve your children and your family!

💪 Happy International Women’s Day!💪

(Not pictured: the amazing Angel Archer and our wonderful interns, MK Boone & Victoria Mathew)

"What works isn't teaching self-regulation. It's giving children experiences of co-regulation over and over and over aga...
03/02/2024

"What works isn't teaching self-regulation. It's giving children experiences of co-regulation over and over and over again." -GenMind.com

Co-regulation with your children is a necessary tool to allow them to succeed with big feelings. How do we do that though? Here are some tips to co-regulate with your children which will help them develop self-regulation techniques:

🌻Validate all feelings your child is experiencing- crying and being upset are natural feelings for children to experience. It's important for you, as the parent, to acknowledge them by simply stating, "It seems like you're sad," then moving into being attentive to how they feel rather than immediately trying to fix the problem. Be their safe space!
🌻Increase physical and mental presence- co-regulation cannot occur if you're in separate rooms. Co-regulation also cannot occur if you are not regulating yourself. If you need to take a second to take a few deep breaths, do it. Breathe, then come back and be present with your child.
🌻Use fewer words- select simple words to de-escalate the situation. It is also useful to use a soft and gentle tone and maybe even whispering to bring your child back down.
🌻Model self-regulation techniques- if you are escalated and need to take a breath, odds are your child does too. So, breathe with them, hold their hands, hug them, cry it out together, anything that works to bring you down to a calm state can be taught to your child and used with them. This will also put more tools in their toolbox to increase their ability to self-regulate.
🌻Establish routines with your child- co-regulation doesn't happen overnight and shouldn't only occur when your child is upset. Practicing being there for your child even if it is just 5 minutes a day playing what they want to play goes a long way.
🌻Calm your feelings before addressing your child's- if you need a second, take it. Allowing yourself to revisit the situation after taking a second will help you co-regulate with your child.

Moms and dads- YOU'RE AMAZING AND DOING GREAT THINGS!

Meet Ashlyn Arnold, MSW, LCSWA, one of our marvelous team members!Ashlyn's Specialties:🌻Family Therapy🌻Child Therapy (fo...
02/23/2024

Meet Ashlyn Arnold, MSW, LCSWA, one of our marvelous team members!

Ashlyn's Specialties:
🌻Family Therapy
🌻Child Therapy (for children ages 3-12)
🌻Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
🌻Play Therapy
🌻Triple P Positive Parenting Program certified (level 4)
🌻Christian Counseling (available upon request)

"Ashlyn received her Master of Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Louisiana State University. She has gained experience by working with Smart Start of New Hanover County as a Triple P Facilitator. She looks forward to coming alongside your family!"

Click the link below to schedule with Ashlyn⬇️🔗
https://www.parentlikeitmatterspllc.com/meet-our-therapists

"I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become."- Carl Jung, PsychologistYou can't rewrite the past, but yo...
02/22/2024

"I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become."
- Carl Jung, Psychologist

You can't rewrite the past, but you can cowrite the script for the future. Don't let the way you were parented or your own "parenting mistakes" get the best of you; use them, learn from them, and become the parent you want to be. You've got this and we've got you!🫶🌻

Angel Archer, MSW, LCSWA is now accepting new clients! Angel specializes in working with teens and postpartum mothers th...
02/16/2024

Angel Archer, MSW, LCSWA is now accepting new clients! Angel specializes in working with teens and postpartum mothers through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy. Click the link below to get your first appointment scheduled with Angel!

*Angel offers virtual sessions only.*

https://www.parentlikeitmatterspllc.com

Helpful Hint of the Day: Instead of yelling, what can you do?Ever noticed how your child doesn't respond to yelling? Yel...
02/14/2024

Helpful Hint of the Day: Instead of yelling, what can you do?

Ever noticed how your child doesn't respond to yelling? Yelling is a language that is difficult for anyone to decipher; children in particular struggle with this form of communication usually because they don't understand the goal of yelling. So, what can you do instead of yelling? First, try and communicate clearly before things get too heated. If things do escalate, use one of these helpful hints to make it through...

One option could be to stop and hug your child. Show them you love them even if your lid is about to pop off. Another option is to stop and breathe with your child. Not only will breathing calm you back down to communicate clearly and effectively with your child, but it will also demonstrate a healthy coping/calming mechanism. Finally, take your child and go on a walk! Moving away from the situation by walking can help you and your child clear your minds to come back to the conversation in a calm manner. Just don't forget to actually go back to the conversation so it can be resolved. We hope this helps you make it through challenging situations! 🫶

For more tools and techniques on what to do instead of yelling at your child, contact us at Parent Like It Matters using the link below:
https://www.parentlikeitmatterspllc.com

02/10/2024

As National Play Therapy Week comes to an end, we'll leave you with this... options to change up your games for a therapeutic purpose! Us therapists at Parent Like It Matters have found ways to turn any game into a therapeutic intervention, simply by using the colors of the game and associating them with emotions. Start by identifying emotions then move into adding emotions into activities. Adaptable therapeutic games anyone can do; allow your kiddos to have fun with a twist!🥰🌻

*We do not own the rights to the music*

Today in Play Therapy Week, we would like to highlight some of the many benefits of play therapy. Playing for a therapeu...
02/08/2024

Today in Play Therapy Week, we would like to highlight some of the many benefits of play therapy. Playing for a therapeutic purpose helps children increase communication skills, enhance their creative expression, develop coping skills, increase social skills, regulate behavior, encourage expression, increase self esteem, and more. Get playing!🤸‍♂️🤸‍♀️🤸🤩

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4014 Oleander Drive, Suite 101
Wilmington, NC
28403

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+19107074160

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https://parentlikeitmatters.janeapp.com/

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