You’re listening to the raising mentally healthy kids podcast with host Michelle Nietert who’s been a licensed professional counselor for over 20 years, An award-winning Author, previous creator of a large school district crisis counseling program and the clinical director of community counseling associates located in the Dallas Texas area.
With the increase in mental health statistics regarding kids and teens along with climbing suicide rates, Michelle is passionate about equipping parents To understand and talk with their kids about the mental health issues they encounter in our culture every day.
How to Find a Counselor for Your Young Adult with Melissa Spoelstra
With so many young adults struggling with anxiety and depression as they return to school, I wanted to release a bonus episode answering questions from Melissa Spoelstra about parenting young adults who need to find a counselor. We’ll discuss some practical aspects such as insurance coverage, as well as offer you some tips on questions to ask prospective counselors, when it’s time to seek professional help, and how to encourage your child to get help without offending them.
Season 3 Wrap Up
We're excited about the guests we have for you next season including Dr. John Townsend, Psychologist Georgia Schaffer, and VP of Focus on the Family Danny Guerta.
As we enter 2022, I want to encourage you to slow down, take time to enjoy your community, and spend time reflecting on how mentally, spiritually, emotionally, and relationally healthy your lifestyle is as well as where you want to make changes.
Managing Screen Meltdowns without Losing Your Mind with Arlene Pellicane
In this episode, I’m continuing my conversation with author Arlene Pellicane about how we can help our kids manage screen time in a healthy way by setting clear expectations and consequences. We also talk about managing expectations and helping our kids fail forward, Arlene’s five A+ skills that every child needs to master, and some practical ideas on how and when to introduce new screen time boundaries with your family.
Helping Kids Manage Screen Addiction with Arlene Pellicane
One of the things I get asked about most in the counseling office is when and how much time kids should be spending on screens because of the correlation between mental health and screen use. In the first part of my conversation with author Arlene Pellicane, we’re discussing how we address the screen life we have within our families and with our kids. Not all screen time is bad, but it matters how much time we’re spending and what we’re gaining from that time.
How Do I Find a Counselor Who Specializes in Self-Injury (NSSI) with Lori Vann, M.A.
In the second half of my conversation with Certified Licensed Professional Counselor Lori Vann, we’re continuing our discussion about non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) including why it can be dangerous to punish or ignore a child engaging in self-harm, what’s involved in a good treatment plan from a specialized counselor, and what to do when you don’t see your child’s behaviors improving.
Cutting, Self-Harm, Self-Injury, NSSI
Recent studies suggest that 30% of the population will struggle with non-suicidal self-harming behaviors over their lifetime. For teenage girls, the risk is 1 in 4. In this episode with Certified Licensed Professional Counselor Lori Vann, we’re discussing why so many children cope through self-injury, the signs parents can look for if they believe their kids may be harming themselves, and how to approach your child in a way that leads to lasting change.
Timely Conversations for Raising Mentally Healthy Kids
I enjoy listening to this podcast!
Michelle brings energy and fantastic guests into the same space to talk about relevant and timely issues our kids are facing today. I always feel more equipped and inspired to love my children and help them grow mentally strong and healthy after listening.
This podcast has some incredible guests and very helpful information. Unfortunately, the host doesn’t allow the guests to provide info bc she talks over them and goes off on long winded tangents. I think this host would be better off doing a solo show. She has some excellent insights and can fill the time with her experiences and stories. She always mentions that she wishes she had more time to ask questions to the guests… she WOULD have more time if she didn’t spend it talking the whole time.
Other than that, it’s a good podcast with good info.
The “Raising Mentally Healthy Kids” Podcast is full of invaluable encouragement. Michelle Nietert shares her knowledge and experiences for the purpose of equipping Christian parents as we raise our children. Her phenomenal guests are also graciously willing to provide thought provoking and beneficial information. I am blessed by God to have found this amazing podcast, which I value as a treasured resource.