“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are” e.e. cummings. Denise Wolf has worked with children and adolescents for over 15 years, bearing witness to many courageous journeys in her work as a therapist. In addition to private practice, Denise works as a consultant for a residential treatment facility for adolescents providing Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) training, facilitating DBT skills groups for adolescents and their caregivers. Prior to that, Denise worked as a primary therapist at this facility, providing individual therapy, family therapy, DBT skills group, and psychoeducation groups for the school setting. Additionally, Denise works as an adjunct educator at Drexel University in the Art Therapy and Counseling Program. Denise is a practicing DBT clinician, with a strong trauma informed background. Areas of strength include application of the evidenced based practices, DBT and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), integration of mindfulness practices to foster emotion regulation, provision of school based services, work with adolescents, facilitation of groups and group dynamics, and working within systems.
Parent/Caregiver tip for parenting the strong-willed child. Don’t forget to breathe, deep breaths calm our stress response systems and help to co-regulate. Try the “deep-dive” breath: This is a kundalini yoga breath practice and visualization. Inhale for four counts, hold for four, and exhale slowly for four counts. You can increase the holding of breath by a few seconds once you find the rhythm of the exercise. As you rhythmically find this breath, each time you inhale imagine diving deeper into a pool of blue water. As you complete your last breath and exhale, imagine yourself floating to the surface, renewed and ready.
Desautels, L. (2021). Connections over compliance: Rewiring our perceptions of discipline. Wyatt-Mackenzie publishing.
Take a listen to this Podcast, Light After Trauma. Myself and my colleague, Attorney Shea Rhodes were guests. We discussed a topicc near and dear to my heart, the impact of trauma on police officers and public servants. Listen here
Research by the University of Warwick and the University of Manchester finds that psychological therapy could be 32 times more cost effective at making you happy than simply obtaining more money. Continue reading
“Given the amount of trauma and violence in our schools, art teachers need alternative methods of understanding, supporting, and engaging with students through art; therefore, building such coalitions between art educators and art therapists is even more important.”