At this moment, we understand that life has become even more chaotic than normal for you and your family. The Bougainvilla House wants to provide you with resources for dealing with behavioral health challenges during this time of uncertainty. Below you’ll find a video library that addresses different ways to handle anxiety, details about our upcoming virtual events, recommended resources, and FAQs.
The Bougainvilla House remains open during this time and telehealth appointments are available. Please call 954-764-7337 to schedule your appointment now.
1) Build a routine.
With the normal routines being upended, it’s important to establish new routines for your family. Try to have a consistent bedtime and a consistent time to wake up as well as have a daily routine that incorporates healthy rhythms including exercise and good meals.
2) Limit News
Leaving your TV running 24 hours a day on news channels can feed anxieties and stress. When you search for information, make sure that you get it from reliable sources such as “.gov” or “.org” sites.
3) Talk about your feelings
Remember that children and adolescents process information and feelings differently than adults. Take time to have continuous family discussions that allow family members to share how they are feeling.
4) Play games.
It’s important that you take time as a family to have fun and relax. You can play board games, complete a puzzle, build an indoor fort or tease your minds with brain games. Don’t be afraid to get creative!
5) Remain active.
You don’t just have to do push-ups or sit-ups to stay active. Try playing hide and seek, build a fort, put on some music and have a dance party or try yoga. Remember it is important to maintain an active mind as well.
Coping with involuntary isolation during the coronavirus can be difficult. Some of our coping tips including not watching the news all day long and also taking time out of the day to spend with your family and loved ones.
Does your child or teen have issues with attending school? Are they involved in several school or extra-curricular activities that have put added pressure on them? Or maybe they don’t see the point in continuing with school during the COVID-19 pandemic? Your child or teen could be avoiding school to escape the pressures they face on an everyday basis and during this troubling time. Hara Wachholder, LMHC provides you with answers to how to address your child or teen refusing school.
It truly takes a village to raise a child. If your child's guidance counselor or teacher is coming to you with concerns about their behavioral or mental health, talk about those concerns with a licensed professional for clarity and a diagnosis. Don't rely on websites like WebMD to provide an accurate diagnosis for your child or teen.
Anxiety is based on the fear of what will happen or what could happen in the future. It manifests through various forms of emotions, including anger, irritability, depression, and more. Breathing techniques, journaling, and meditation can help your child, adolescent, or young adult deal with their anxiety issues. Hara Wachholder, LMHC and William Barney, RMHCI discuss how to help stay in the moment and not become overanxious.
The coronavirus has caused many of us to self-quarantine and isolate ourselves from our normal day-to-day routines. Hara Wachholder, LMHC and William Barney, RMHCI discuss the proper steps to learn the facts and how to provide the proper care during isolation and natural disasters.
Kindness is still one of the most important values that you can teach your children. Teaching your children to be tolerant is the first step to teaching them acceptance. Acceptance of other people, cultures, and lifestyles is what builds a strong community.
Vaping isn't new, but it's become very popular recently among children and teens. Vaping doesn't discriminate and can affect anyone in all walks of life and can cause chest problems, difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, irritability, and difficulty focusing in school.
Hara Wachholder, LMHC
Educational Outreach Manager
William Barney, RMHCI
Therapists employed at The Bougainvilla House are all licensed and certified HIPPA-compliant for telehealth services.
We’ll be hosting webinars every Wednesday to help you with learning how to use mindfulness to stay in the present and manage anxiety.
ABOUT THE BOUGAINVILLA HOUSE
The Bougainvilla House exists to support children, adolescents, and young adults who are struggling with behavioral health and substance use issues through counseling, therapy and individualized treatment in a comfortable, home-like environment.
Through counseling, therapy, and education, we aim to create a community environment where children through young adulthood are supported in developing positive relationships and behavioral patterns.
Our goal is to nurture a stigma-free atmosphere that empowers our youth with the essential coping skills that will help them develop emotionally as mature, independent adults.