By Betsy Denson
Catalyst Counseling’s owner and practitioner, Barbie Atkinson, said the anxiety prevention and anxiety management program for children offered by her and her clinicians is now being offered online.
The six-week program named Calm Crusaders is for children ages 8-12, no more than eight at a time, to meet with counselors for a group session. The sessions are part Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and part hands-on, fun activities.
“This work was born out of my work with adults and working with their inner children,” Atkinson said. “I created this group to work with children in order to demystify and normalize anxiety and arm them with tools. Most importantly, teaching that emotions are not to be avoided and can be worked through.”
Catalyst previously offered the program after school at public and private schools. After COVID-19 prevented meeting in person, Catalyst counselor Sandra Wilson helped conceptualize delivery of the program through Zoom.
“We have delineated the week’s themes and (Wilson) mails out supplies to the children that will be participating,” Atkinson said. “Being able to continue to serve and tend to our children’s social emotional learning (SEL) has been paramount, specifically since this has been a rough patch for children and their caregivers. We have even excitedly been in all time zones due to the ease of virtual setups.”
Garden Oaks resident Dr. Valerie Morgan of University of Houston-Clear Lake has partnered with Catalyst to study the effectiveness of the program and its utility as a school-based mental health intervention for kids. Catalyst has also piloted a “Teen Calm” group for ages 13-16.
For more information, visit www.catalyst-counseling.com.
GeekLife closes brick-and-mortar location
Angel Smith, the owner of GeekLife at 728 W. 20th St., announced on social media the business would not be renewing its lease. Standing pre-orders were honored and a pickup will be coordinated with anyone who purchased products arriving after Nov. 30.
“While we plan to be able to honor gift cards when we are on the other side of this, we cannot guarantee when that will be, so be sure to use your gift cards in person or online before Nov. 30,” Smith said. “I am reevaluating our business model and hope to make some exciting announcements in the near future. This is not the end of GeekLife. It is merely the beginning of a metamorphosis.”
Everything left in the store is on sale. All items are first come, first served.
Smile Squad to replace Signature Smiles on Shepherd
Smile Squad, a full-service, family owned dental office, will open at 3800 N. Shepherd Dr. The business also has an existing location on Highway 249.
It will replace Signature Smiles, which closed abruptly in January after practice founder Dr. Terry Lee filed for bankruptcy in December 2019.
Heights Retail Center leasing on North Shepherd
Streetwise Retail Investors released marketing information for a new construction building they call Heights Retail Center fronting 2222 N. Shepherd Dr., adjacent to the H-E-B. The 6,137 square foot building is marketed to retail and medical clients.
For information and leasing rates, contact Ed Page at email@example.com.