I work with children using expressive arts and play therapy. This allows them to express feelings, thoughts, and emotions that may be otherwise difficult to share through talk therapy based on a child’s developmental phase. As children transition through life, they often face new experiences that can cause them to have feelings of fear, worry, anger, depression, and anxiety. For the most part, this is momentary and a child can work through these emotions with the love and guidance of their family. However, when these feelings become intense and long lasting they can have an impact on a child’s quality of life and outside help may be needed. A child may also be struggling with a diagnosis, or disability that can weigh heavy on the child and the family. Therapy can be very helpful to support you and your child through these stressful times.
Children can be hesitant with the idea of going to a therapist. To put children at ease, I take as much time as needed to answer questions, and to allow your child to explore the therapy room in order to ensure they feel safe and that they have a positive, supportive experience. Parents play a vital role in the successful outcome of therapy. I communicate with parents to get your input and vision for your child, and to help track progress. Parent coaching and/or family therapy is available to help you guide your child at home in support of the work in session.
Some common issues of focus in child therapy are:
- Self-esteem, Social skills
- Behavioral concerns, bullying, anger management
- Academic challenges or declining school performance
- ADHD, poor concentration, or trouble focusing
- Anxiety, excessive worrying, stress or overwhelm
- Depression, hopeless feelings, suicidal thoughts or tendencies
- Family conflict, divorce, or blended family issues
- Adjusting to changes, such as the birth of a sibling, adoption, or relocation
- Grief and loss
- Abuse, crisis, or trauma