with Heather Gilmore, MSW, LLMSW, BCBA

Personal Wellness

Self-care; How to have Peace in these Busy times

Whether you work full-time or part-time or stay at home with your kids, life can feel so busy these days. It can seem like there are a million things to do and as if you are constantly running to get everything done.
You might also feel like you are always thinking about and taking care of other people. If you are in some sort of helping field or a job where you provide customer service or have to consider the well-being of someone else, even if you love the job, this can add to the overall sense of not having much time for you.
In the therapy field, we call taking care of yourself "self-care." Here are some great self-care tips to promote peace and well-being for anyone who feels like life can get busy or overwhelming.


Survive a summer day with your kids…and be happy about it, too ;o)

School’s out for the summer and, for most kids, it has been out for at least a few weeks now. No matter your family situation (whether you are a stay at home parent, work from home, or work outside the home), summer time can have its challenges.

When siblings spend more time together, they can develop frustrating behaviors like nagging at each other, teaming up against mom or dad (by distracting each other from doing chores or whatever else they are being told to do), not getting things done, and making more messes around the house.

I say these somewhat (or totally) irritating issues with love for my kids and compassion for all kids.

Following are some tips on how to get through a day with your kids not only in a way that ends the day with the thought “Thank goodness! We all survived.” but also with true happiness and fulfillment.


5 Parenting Lessons; Parenting Tips I’ve Learned While Being a Children’s Therapist

Throughout my education and various professional experiences, I have gone through classes, seminars, and trainings to learn about parenting skills, child development, and children’s mental health.

My education and work experiences have trained me to be knowledgeable about the supposedly “right” ways to help kids as well as how to parent them. Being a mom of three kids (a 7 year old son, a 5 year old daughter, and an 8 month old daughter), I naturally use some of the information that I learn in my personal parenting style.

Over the time that I have trained and worked in the realm of children’s mental health and parenting, I have learned a few things to remind myself of in my personal life. I would recommend these lessons to other parents, as well.

Play Therapy

Welcome to my blog!

I am a mental health therapist/social worker with a specialization in play therapy. I am a recent graduate from Michigan State University. I have a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in youth services. I also have a master’s degree in clinical social work. (See my bio for more info about me.)

This blog will provide you with insights, experiences, and ideas from my perspective of being a children’s therapist. I will provide you with the following types of information:

research related to play therapy, children’s counseling, and families
play therapy techniques
observations and insights from my experience working with families and kids
how being a children’s therapist relates to my personal experiences
experiences related to recently completing grad school and tips for those still in college
recommendations about child therapy practices and working with kids and families
tips for parents and the non-therapist (i.e. the typical parent looking for some useful information)
and more

In addition to my training as a social worker which has also helped prepare me to become a mental health therapist, I am also in the process of becoming a Registered Play Therapist. Therefore, my perspective often comes from my play therapist-based thinking.