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Child Counseling & Play Therapy

Child counseling & play therapy

what is play therapy?

Play therapy is a developmentally appropriate way of working with children by using children’s natural form of communication – play – to solve problems. Play is their language and toys are their words. We use play to help children gain insight and then to help them learn and practice new, more effective ways of being, engaging with others, and regulating their emotions.

we help kids

We have expertly-trained child counselors and child psychologists to help you and your child. In utilizing child counseling and play therapy, our approach is based on building a relationship with the child based on teamwork, acceptance, trust, nurturing interactions, and attachment. We assess a child’s relationships, personality characteristics, goals of behavior and misbehavior, and perceptions of self, others, and how the world works through the lens of their experiences. This can include things like helping kids work through divorce.

we assist parents

We assess attachment relationships and use Child Parent Relationship Training to enhance relational patterns and attachment skills between caregivers and children. We very often incorporate (with both kids and adults) psychoeducation about attachment, emotional regulation, and how the brain works and affects emotions and behaviors.

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Child Counseling

Play therapy is a developmentally appropriate way of working with children by using children’s natural form of communication – play – to solve problems. Play is their language and toys are their words. We use play to help children gain insight and then to help them learn and practice new, more effective ways of being, engaging with others, and regulating their emotions.

A few examples of how counseling can help children include; coping with everyday stress, anxiety, depression, changes at home, sibling and friend issues, behavioral difficulties, learning difficulties, failure to launch, etc. As you can see, kids come in for a variety of reasons and our therapists aim to help those kids make sense of what’s going on, how to better cope, and ways that parents can better understand what’s happening and how to help. Problematic behavior is often a sign of something that needs to be adjusted and it can go a long way towards you and your children growing and prospering.

We assess attachment relationships and use Child Parent Relationship Training to enhance relational patterns and attachment skills between caregivers and children. We incorporate (with both kids and adults) psychoeducation about attachment, emotional regulation, and how the brain works and affects emotions and behaviors.

Child counseling is counseling for kids who are going through challenging times and need extra support. Our therapists do this through different forms of therapy including art therapy, play therapy, and work with parents and family systems.

Many of the issues these children face mimic the issues adults face in their day-to-day lives. Some of these common issues children face include anxiety, depression, and grief. The goal of child counseling, however, is to break down problems into manageable parts, build coping techniques and resources so children can better understand and cope with them.

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