Managing Anxiety and Pink Elephants

Hello parents and community of MTS,

We're off to a great school year and September has flown by. This month I thought I would send out a tidbit on how to help kids with worry and self-criticism. I have often seen in the course of my work over the last few years that worry, anxiety, and negative thinking are on the rise in kids and young adults. Developmentally, this can be a critical time for establishing good coping skills in order to combat the stress and pressure this can create. It can be difficult for kids to grasp the idea that they do in fact have control over their thoughts and that they are capable of shifting their thoughts to something more positive and beneficial.

Here is a fun exercise (it includes pink elephants!) you can do with your kids to give them an experience of their ability to change their thoughts. I'd love to hear how this goes if you try it out with your kids at home and as always feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns.

Link to Article: Don’t Think of Pink Elephants! – The Secret to Replacing Negative Thinking With Brave Thinking

Liz Hayman
School Counselor

Introducing Liz Hayman, School Counselor

Hello parents and families,

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My name is Liz Hayman, and I am thrilled to introduce myself as the new school counselor here at MTS. I'm very much looking forward to getting to know all of you and to being part of, and a support to, this community.

I wanted to share a little bit about me and my hopes and goals for this position. I am a licensed marriage and family therapist and have been working as a therapist around the Bay Area for the last nine years. I have been in many settings including hospitals, schools, and health clinics and have worked with all ages from toddlers to end-of-life care in hospice settings. I am also certified in Parent Child Interaction Therapy, which is a model that helps coach parents on how to increase positive interactions with their children. I am very passionate about supporting families in what is undoubtedly the hardest job in the world, parenting. I also run my own private practice in San Francisco seeing children, adult individuals, families, and couples.

I hope to be a proactive presence and a resource for the MTS community. To that end, I look forward to scheduling grade-level based parent meetings and providing other communication throughout the year. I can be reached by email- lhayman@mttam.org or by phone- 415-383-9434 extension 201, and I will be on campus all day Tuesdays, from 10-2 on Wednesdays, and 10:30-1:30 on Thursdays.

I look forward to meeting all of you and to a great year! Thank you!

Liz Hayman
School Counselor