Ellen Crump

Ellen Crump

Counselling 101: How to Manage Emotion

Lisa Feldman Barret in her book, “How Emotions are Made,” discusses the importance of emotional granulation or the ability to finely separate or nuance our emotions.  She describes how it is important to move beyond I feel “happy” or I…

R.A.I.N for Anxiety

R.A.I.N. is a wonderful acronym to remind you how to deal with uncomfortable emotions.   It is a practice of mindful awareness, looking at emotion and thought from a place of non-judgment and curiosity.  R.A.I.N. stands for: Recognition Acceptance Investigation Non-Identification…

Do kids know how to have conversation?

I went to email a friend today about a small matter regarding a vacation we were planning together.  As I began the email and all the complexities I was trying to convey about rental cars, hotels, etc. the thought occurred…

How to respond when you have an explosive kid.

Do you have a child whose frustration level escalates into smashed Lego creations, ripped up homework, kicked doors and explosive hate filled language? Do you have a child that melts into angry tears, sobbing inconsolably? How do you deal with…

How to sit with an emotion.

We live in a culture which focuses on the importance of feeling good, being happy, having confidence, being strong.   Society values positive emotion while teaching us to strive against feelings of fear, anger, worry, loneliness, or inadequacy.  Our culture dictates…

Michael Bradley’s Ten Commandments of Parenting your Teen

  Parenting teenagers is not an easy job!  It requires the strength of “Hercules” to control your emotions, the wisdom of “Socrates,” and the unconditional love of “Jesus.” Michael Bradley, in his wonderful book, Yes, Your Teen is Crazy, shares the ten most important…