Jan 22, 2021
We are thrilled to have Psychotherapist Kirsten Rewey back on our show today. Kirsten is passionate about working with adults who struggle with relationship concerns, anxiety or depression, and she also enjoys assisting teens and families in crisis. In today's episode, she’s joined by her 19 year old daughter Sophie, to talk about the very important topic of mental health for teens and young adults that many of our listeners have been asking for during this pandemic.
Kirsten Rewey is a Psychotherapist who works with a diverse clientele. She has provided mental health services within family programs through Hennepin County, as well as in K-12 educational settings. She is experienced in play and art therapy for children and uses a range of narrative, cognitive behavioral and mindfulness approaches. She offers a collaborative, welcoming therapeutic environment in which clients feel safe to tell their story. Kirsten graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Social Work, and has more than 15 years of professional experience. A mother of three, she understands the multitude of challenges facing working moms and is passionate about helping her clients get to the next level.
Sophie is a Sophomore at UW-Madison majoring in Biology, with minors in studio art and french. She researches in the neurology department as a lab assistant and will work as an EMT this summer. On campus, she is involved with greek life and the Wisconsin Alumni Student Board.
We first had Kirsten on our show right after the pandemic hit as a bonus episode in late March of 2020 where we talked about mental health and specifically anxiety, which is on the rise across the globe given our current world health crisis. Kirsten shared her insight, her "101 Therapy Tools" and helpful advice that all of us can use to bring more calm into our life; not just in today's current environment but for a lifetime. So if you haven’t already listened to our first conversation with Kirsten that aired in late March as a bonus episode, we highly encourage you to do so
In today’s conversation with this mother daughter duo, we go into the mind of a college student, the anxiety, struggles and challenges she faces, and her insight and tips that work for her and her peers, especially during this pandemic when we are all more isolated from people. Sophie shares what she and her friends do to help each other out and boost each others' moods. Kirsten shares some of the challenges that she’s seeing in her practice with her teenage/young adult clients and her simple (but not always easy) tips that can boost your mood and improve your mental clarity, like walking with a friend and getting outside every day.
Sophie and Kirsten both talk about their relationship and how their open communication has been paramount for them to develop and maintain a strong bond throughout her teenage years.
Some of Kirsten’s parenting tips include: spending quality time with our kids, admitting when you need to do a “do over” and leaving your ego at the door, as well as becoming vulnerable and sharing your generational story as parents.
This is one conversation that is a must for all parents and teens, which touches on finding balance with our mind, body and spirit. Regardless of the age of your kids right now, the wisdom and insight that is shared in this episode is extremely useful for parents of younger kids as well as teens and young adults.
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