Play Therapy Summit– It’s Free!

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Wellness: Younger Protocol


LOOK FOR: 3000mg of fish oil

That meets the 3g recommendation of the American Heart Association as the most effective amount to promote overall cardiovascular health (BONUS HELPS YOU LOOK GOOD ON THE OUTSIDE AND BE HEALTHY ON THE INSIDE)

That uses small fish to provide a clean and safe product rich in eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)† & low in accumulated toxins.













Younger by Dr. Sara Gottfried (2017)

The Hormone Cure by Dr. Sara Gottfried (2013)

Rigelsky, JM, et al, Hawthorn: Pharmacology and therapeutic uses. Am j health syst pharm 59:417-22 (2002)



Wellness Newsletter: The Big Picture

Wellness Newsletter: The Big Picture

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In addition to providing direct mental health services through play therapy and mental health counseling, I can help children, adolescents, and adults with supplements. I am used to seeing improvement. Now I find adding supplements to your overall wellness routine increases the speed and magnitude of progress. Here’s what the research indicates is helpful:

How is your child’s tummy working (and yours too)? Research has shown that our emotional, mental, and physical health is connected with our gut. If we can build our health from our core out, we can be successful in improving our overall well-being.

Improve how the tummy works: I love to see children and families eat “real” food. When we eliminate preservatives, dyes, and sugars we tend to see behavior changes. When you do this yourself you can FEEL the changes. For children or adults with neurological based challenges like ADHD, Autism, OCD, eliminate grains and casein (dairy) makes a difference. Research has shown an improvement in behaviors and mental health when eliminating casein in 91% of children with neurological disorders. It also showed that there was an 87% improvement with an elimination of just gluten. Children feel better and have fewer symptoms. When children feel better the BEHAVE better. I encourage families to try an elimination diet for a month and observe the results- you become the researcher. Sometimes kids are able to bring back in limited amounts of dairy and grains at some point in their life while others choose to just not eat them.

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Diets that include 25% protein of clean and lean (not processed) protein helps with focusing and irritability. Eliminating red meat turns out to be good for you and the planet.

Sensory issues can be linked to food allergies and sensitivities that are often difficult to pinpoint. We suggest the following products that aid in digestion DNA Probiotics, DNA Digestive Enzymes, DNA OPC-3, and Activated B Complex. B-complex is good for overall neurological health as B vitamins play a roll in balancing your response to stress. B is also a MUST if you follow a plant-based diet.

For children who have been diagnosed with ADHD, or demonstrate behavioral symptoms consistent with is we suggest these products; DNA OPC-3, Activated B Complex, DNA Digestive Enzymes, Omegas, and Probiotics.

For adolescents and adults who are dealing with the unpleasant side effects of stress try Activated B Complex, Calcium Complete, and Bliss. For the more serious experience, people who have anxiety, calcium is helpful for relaxation and Activated B Complex and magnesium to help decrease irrational thinking. If that anxiety and stress are getting in the way of your sleep you’ll want to try Calcium Complete, magnesium, and L tryptophan. L tryptophan is safe for children to take (it’s the chemical in turkey that make you feel tired at Thanksgiving).

There is also research that states adolescents with acne are suffer from depression at a greater rate then those with clear skin. We recommend Digestive Enzymes, Ultimate Aloe, OPC-3, Probiotics. For depression in general taking Magnesium, Activated B Complex, omegas, and Curcumin can be helpful.

Many people are magnesium deficient. People who have experienced trauma and have PTSD are super magnesium deficient. This finding is interesting if you have blue eyes you are magnesium deficient. There is also research that shows if you have struggled with addiction you are likely magnesium deficient.

Brief Overview of Products

Digestive Enzymes Spectrum: helps break down food so the body can absorb it, and they help eliminate toxins. This product is needed daily as they don’t produce enzymes. If you see an increase in behaviors this can help detoxify the body, which will help with absorbing other nutrients. Behaviors that tend to be related to a poor gut are defiant, impulsivity, hyperactive, and sensory. This product is essential in allowing the body to absorb the other products. It is typical to start with a cap in the am, mixed with OPC-3, and a cap in the afternoon, mixed with opc-3. This can be bumped up to 2 caps at each time.

Aloe Juice: Also have enzymes in it, and it will help with bowl regularity, healing the gut, and the body. It also has other minerals and vitamins that children with neurological deficits are lacking.

Activated B Complex: This B is already activated, so when it’s taken it goes directly into the body. These kids need an activated B because they are unable to break down Bs. Bs help with aggression, thoughts such as worrying or negative thinking, B’s are known to give healthy energy. An activated B tends to calm children with neurological deficits, because their energy is from a nutrient deficient. This also helps with methylation.

Calcium: Our calcium is a blend. The magnesium in it helps to calm the nervous system; it’s great for relaxation and reduces stress like symptoms. Also, as a child this is the time they build their bone density, so it is much needed. Magnesium, D, and zinc are often seen to be deficits in children with Neurological issues making this product wonderful for them. Picky eating is also known to be a deficit in zinc.

OPC-3: Research behind pycnogenol shows an increase in attention. It is typical these kids hold onto toxins and pycnogenol helps get rid of it. Kids tell me their thinking seems less foggy, and parents tell me they notice a difference when getting them to get tasks done.

Next step:

1. Set up a no cost nutritional consultation if you need more information.

2. Order products and improve your health.

* order on-line and earn cashback (use coupon code 10OFFMA)                                               

**My clients and their families get a 10% discount.

(*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent and disease)

what works: wellness

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what works: wellness

People often ask me how I do what I do. Like many of you I am juggling (too) many responsibilities and commitments. I am a full time faculty member, where I do advisement and teach; I am a mental health counselor and the director of my clinical practice; I provide clinical consultation via video conference to mental health professionals all over the world; and I frequently do training and presentations– not to mention I am a mom of two teenagers and have a partner, these relationships require my time and energy to maintain health. My wellness is dependent on the nuanced  interrelationship of giving and receiving.

I can share with you how I do what I do, but first I have to tell you that sometimes I DON’T do what I do to keep myself and my relationships healthy and then I need to reset (I am resetting now actually). The easiest way for me to share this is by teasing out a few broad categories and then talking to you about them in a more specific way.

Time Management- In order to keep my busy and varied schedule straight everything goes on my calendar. Yes, everything. What I mean by that is that all of my professional and personal appointments are logged. Any family commitments including events and including when my kids need rides to and from places. I also put major tasks that have deadlines on my calendar so that I am allocating time to complete the task. I add any phone calls that need to be made and even errands like dropping off dry cleaning or going to the bank. I also allot time for what keeps me able to do what I do, the things that energize me rather then take my energy. I block off time to meditate (x2 a day), lunch, workouts and reading. I even sometimes mark off a block of time with the word “NO” to make concrete and promise to myself that I am going to do what I want during that time or not do anything at all. My calendar is non-negotiable. If, for example, I put in time for a yoga class and there is a request for me to do a conference call during that time, yoga it is. This needs to be a policy if you are to keep your time sacred and yourself well.

What goes in- When I eat like crap, I feel like crap. I pay close attention to what I put in my body (I follow a plant-based diet). There are, of course, exceptions. I am just coming off a vacation where I over-indulged in sugary food and alcohol. When I returned from vacation, the sugar had impacted me so I was craving more and more sugar and I was also worn out and needed caffeine. I am on day 4 of a 21 day cleanse and reset because I felt like crap and that is intimately connected to what I was eating and drinking. I can tell you I feel better already and I will keep you posted on my progress. If you are interested in what exactly I am doing here, contact me The basics are this, no sugar, no alcohol, no processed foods, no caffeine and YES to lots and lots of veggies and clean protein sources.

I used to think taking vitamins and supplements was a silly waste of money until I started taking some (vegans need B-12 and my vitamin D level was super low). I felt healthier and had tangible results like better complexion, healthier hair and more energy. Turns out there is more and more evidence coming out about nutrition and mental health and wellness. In future posts I can share more about what I take and why. You can explore yourself by clicking on the link in the next line and I would be happy to advise. Plus, if you sign up for a account (it’s totally free!), you can get cash back for taking supplements! What could be better than that? Just click Sign In > register for a new account.

What comes out- As you know wellness is not just about what you eat. It’s about balancing and honoring the complexity of who you are and how you thrive. I feel best when I am doing so what comes out is vital to my wellness. I need to move, usually in the form of exercise. I pay attention to what feels right so it can be anything from running to yoga to crossfit. Today I am stuck in the house for day two of a nasty winter storm, so no formal workout (I am not one of those people who can workout at home), but I will do some sets of push-ups, air squats, planks, and wall sits because it makes me feel good and balanced.

I also need to create. I am writing to you, which feels good and nourishes my creativity. I also love to cook (my favorite cookbooks are the ThugKitchen series and Forks over Knives) and ‘veganize” recipes (Interested- lmk). When I don’t get to “do” I can feel my relationship with wellness and balance get out of sync.

Of course there’s much more to wellness then what I have shared here, and there certainly is an individual aspect to it. We are way too complex to believe that one model of wellness and balance fits all. I thought this might be a nice way to start a conversation with you and share with you my process as I reset and get back to the wellness plan that works for me. I am very invested in assisting you and have added wellness consults to the clinical services I offer (and there is no charge for the initial 30 minute session). Looking forward to engaging in the wellness process with you. All done for now, I need to join my family on the couch to watch a few episodes of Bob’s Burgers and laugh, laugh, laugh!



A Dozen Reasons to Play Pokemon Go with Your Child

A Dozen Reasons to Play Pokemon Go with your Child

By Jodi Ann Mullen

Partly observing and partly eves-dropping, I notice a lot of adults talking about how “stupid” Pokemon Go is. They sound annoyed, bitter even, and they acknowledge that they “just don’t get it.” Listening to their comments, I can tell these things: (1) they don’t get it, (2) they probably haven’t played it, and (3) they haven’t played it with their child or a child they love. I’m a mom and a credentialed play therapist, and I want to make a case for playing Pokemon Go with your child.

  1. Connection- This is the most important reason because this is about the foundation of your relationship. If you are both playing, there is a common ground to connect you and your child. The connection goes beyond playing time because you and your child can discuss the game and aspects of it even when you’re not playing it. Additionally, as a mental health counselor and play therapist, I can tell you that when there is not the level of eye contact typical in parent-child interaction, children talk more and about a broader variety of topics. New connections develop and solid aspects of connection grow stronger.
  2. Expertise- In most cases, your child will be the Pokemon Go expert, and if she isn’t, let her be. This will allow your child to feel a sense of pride because of her knowledge. Additionally, it gives her an opportunity to have the feeling of power that comes with being an expert, especially in relation to you.
  3. Movement- In order to play the game, you’ve got to move. My son, after we started playing, regularly asked me to go with him on walks and bike rides. So yes, we are engaged with the game on our phone but we are also outside and using our bodies.
  4. Community- Since my son and I have started playing we have been out in our community quite a bit. We are learning about our community and walking or visiting areas that we have taken for granted. For instance, we visited a historical fort that’s located in our town.
  5. Sense of Community- When my son and I are out in our community playing Pokemon Go, we can identify the telltale signs of other people playing. This has turned into exchanging pleasantries and even having conversations that would typically not take place. We had a lovely conversation with a woman in her 60s who steered us in the direction of the some spawning Pokemon.
  6. Disappointment and Frustration- A part of the game your child is going to have to deal with is the game “glitching,” as my son says, and not working correctly. You will experience disappointment while playing, and that’s excellent! It provides opportunities for you to model for your child and teach her self-discipline to cope with disappointment and deal prosocially with frustration.
  7. Teamwork- You and your child can work as a team in battling as well as be a part of a larger virtual team. The teamwork component provides a sense of belonging as well as pride.
  8. Strategy- There are strategies to Pokemon Go like most games. You and your child can learn about strategies and develop them as a part of how the two of you play the game. This aspect of the game encourages divergent thinking and problem solving – good stuff for child and adult brains!
  9. Problem Solving- Problem solving is incorporated in the game but it goes beyond that as you and your child get curious. My son was curious why my counseling office wasn’t a Pokestop. He researched it and found out how I can apply to make that happen. When there are problems or challenges with the game, he and I get online and try and find the answers. He is learning different styles of problem solving as well as what his resources are.
  10. The Great Outdoors- While we are out hitting up Pokestops, hatching eggs, catching Pokemon and battling at gyms, my son and I are able to appreciate the natural world as we are also engaged in the virtual one. We have encountered wildlife, flowers we haven’t seen before, and views of the river and lake by our house that we were taking for granted as we were rushing around. A great thing about the game is that it doesn’t require 100% of your attention so there is time to literally stop and smell the roses, or in our case peonies and lavender.
  11. Discovery- As a play therapist, one thing I have learned from children is that curiosity is the cornerstone of conversation between children and adults. As you and your child are playing the game, curiosity emerges about the game, of course, but also about each other, your surroundings, and thoughts that have been on your respective minds. Those 20-minute walks to collect Pokeballs turn into conversations about bullies at school, foods they would like to try, and why you have freckles but they don’t.
  12. FUN- Playing this game is fun. If it wasn’t, your child wouldn’t want to play. Children learn so much through play that doesn’t need to be taught directly. Create some fun moments and memories with your child. Have fun with the game and most importantly with him or her.

Okay, so maybe I haven’t convinced you or maybe you have played but you just find those little virtual creatures irritating. If your child benefits from even just one of the dozen ways I discussed, not only because of Pokemon Go but because you played with him or her, is it worth it?

So what is Play Therapy & how does it work anyway? 01/15 by Freakishly Well Behaved Kids | Parents Podcasts

We frequently discuss Play Therapy and our experiences and knowledge about children that have come from being trained in play therapy and as credentialed play therapists. In this episode we will talk about what

Source: So what is Play Therapy & how does it work anyway? 01/15 by Freakishly Well Behaved Kids | Parents Podcasts

Child-Centered Play Therapy Book Reviewed

What a nice and thorough review of our newest play therapy book!IMG_0079 play therapy book review



How to talk to children about anxiety? 10/09 by Freakishly Well Behaved Kids | Parents Podcasts

How to talk to children about anxiety? How can we support kids who have a anxiety? In this podcast I will talk with Jake Hedges, a Mental Health Counselor at Integrative Counseling Services, who is currently pu

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Hey Long Islanders let’s play in the sand! Learn Sand Play Therapy

Integrative Counseling Services, PLLC.


Sand Play Therapy 1 & 2: Learning the Technique through Experience


October 26-27, 2015


Dr. Jodi Weinstein Mullen, PhD LMHC NCC RPT-S

Hosted by Jennings Counseling Services

CAMP JACOBSON Day School and Camp

340 Wheatley Rd. Old Westbury, NY 11568



Integrative Counseling Services, PLLC. presents:


Sand Play Therapy 1 & 2: Learning the Technique through Experience


About the training:

Sand Play Therapy 1

Monday, October 26, 2015

9:00am – 3:00pm (doors open at 8:30)

Sand play therapy can be used with children, adolescents and adults in individual, family, and group therapeutic interventions. Adding sand play therapy to your clinical repertoire provides an alternative to verbal-based interventions, and creates an opportunity for richer client-counselor interactions. This introductory/intermediate training in sand play therapy will provide participants with an understanding of the history and practice of sand play therapy. The fundamentals of sand play therapy will be demonstrated as the participants engage in an authentic learning experience. By the end of the workshop participants will be able to: 1.) Create sand play therapy techniques for use with adults and adolescents; 2.) Have experienced and be able to replicate sand play therapy techniques; 3.) Understand when and how to utilize sand play therapy techniques in treatment. There will be opportunities to purchase & trade figures.

Sand Play Therapy 2

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

9:00am – 3:00pm (doors open at 8:30)

This more advanced training by Dr. Jodi Mullen will help participants progress in their sand play therapy training to cover more in-depth topics and theories. As a result of participating in the workshop, you will 1.) learn how to use sand play therapy in alternative settings, like groups and supervision; 2.) develop a beginning knowledge of the symbols that frequently emerge in sand play therapy, and 3.) have opportunities to create sand play therapy-based interventions

There will be opportunities to purchase & trade figures.


*Please bring a boot size shoe box. No other supplies are needed.


**For more information on this, please contact Rikki Ziegen or Kayla Fox at










About the presenter:

Dr. Jodi Weinstein Mullen, PhD LMHC NCC RPT-S is the Director of Integrative Counseling Services in Cicero & Oswego, New York. She is on the faculty at SUNY Oswego in the Counseling & Psychological Services Department where she is the coordinator of the Graduate Certificate Program in Play Therapy. Dr. Mullen is a credentialed play therapist and play therapy supervisor. She is the author of several manuscripts on play therapy and supervision. Her books include “Counseling Children & Adolescents through Grief and Loss” (co-authored by Dr. Jody Fiorini) (2006), “Play Therapy Basic Training: A Guide to Learning & Living & the Child-Centered Play Therapy Philosophy” (2007), and ”Supervision can be Playful: Techniques for Child and Play Therapist Supervisors” (co-edited with Athena Drewes) (2008). Dr. Mullen is on the editorial board for the International Journal of Play Therapy. She is also the clinical editor of Play Therapy Magazine.

Who should attend?:

Mental health and educational professionals (and graduate students in those disciplines) who work with children can significantly benefit from this training.

Continuing Education Certificate:

We offer continuing education certificates through the Association for Play Therapy (APT) and the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) for a price of $15.00/each or $25.00/both APT & NBCC.

Integrative Counseling Services, PLLC is approved by The Association for Play Therapy to offer continuing education specific to play therapy. Our provider number is 06-168. Integrative Counseling Services, PLLC maintains responsibility for the program. 6 CEs (one day) or 12 CEs (two day) can be earned by attending this program. A continuing education certificate can be obtained for an additional $15.00 fee.

Integrative Counseling Services, PLLC has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6384. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Integrative Counseling Services, PLLC is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

Details and Fees:

Registration fee is:

$250.00 (both days) for Professionals

$200.00 (both days) for Full-time students

$135.00 (one day – either Oct. 26th or 27th) for Professionals

$110.00 (one day – either Oct. 26th or 27th) for Full-time students



Lunch is included.

Include extra $15.00 fee for each Association for Play Therapy or NBCC Continuing Ed Certificate. Payment methods include cash, check, money order, or credit card (Mastercard or Visa). There is a discount for groups of 4 or more.


To register, fill out the attached form and mail it to:

Integrative Counseling Services, PLLC.

Attn: Rikki Ziegen

5 W. Cayuga St.

Oswego, NY 13126

For information:

Please contact, Rikki Ziegen at (315) 342-9255 or or

Kayla Fox at (315) 342-9255 or

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations up to one-full week before each workshop will be assessed a $20.00 cancellation/processing fee. No refunds if cancellation occurs during the week of the workshop. The same rules apply if the registrant does not show for workshop.

Directions to the CAMP JACOBSON:














Registration Form

Sand Play Therapy 1 & 2: Learning the Technique through Experience

Name: ____________________________________________________ Title: _________ Degree: _________

Agency: ______________________________________________________________________________________

Mailing Address: ____________________________________________________________________________

City: ____________________________________________ State: ______________ Zip: ___________________

Phone: __________________________________________ Email: ______________________________________

Would you like to be added to our mailing list?: Yes _________ No _________

October 26th & 27th, 2015

Fees: Deadline October 21, 2015


To pay by credit card, call Rikki Ziegen at 315-342-9255.

To pay by check or money order, make them payable to Integrative Counseling Services, PLLC.

Mail to:                      Integrative Counseling Services, PLLC.

Attn: Rikki Ziegen

5 W. Cayuga St.

Oswego, NY 13126

One day: (either October 26th or October 27th):

$135.00 – Professionals                                                                               $__________

$110.00 – Full-time students                                                                                  $__________

Two day (both October 26th and October 27th):

$250.00 – Professionals                                                                               $__________

$200.00 – Full-time students                                                                      $__________

Continuing Ed Credits:

$15.00 – Association for Play Therapy (APT)                                            $__________

$15.00 – National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC)                                    $__________

$25.00 – Both APT & NBCC                                                                          $__________

Total Due   $__________

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