Support, Education, Growth, and Healing
Helping Children and Families To Be Their Best
The first appointment is called an Intake Appointment. This appointment is just for the parents or guardians, not the child. The first session is to go over the psychosocial history and discuss the presenting issues for which the child is being referred for therapy. Some of the reasons that children come to therapy include problems with mood or behavior, coping with a loss or with the parents' divorce, dealing with and healing from various forms of abuse and/or neglect, and problems with social skills, communication skills, and managing anger. Presenting problems could include depression, anxiety, fears, sleep problems, temper issues, developmental delays, ADHD, trauma from abuse, Asperger's, or behavior problems at school.
The Intake Appointment is the first step in completing a psychosocial assessment. Then, using the Psychosocial History form, interviews with the parent and child, and observation, a treatment plan will be developed which will identify the problems that need to be addressed and the goals and objectives we will try to accomplish in therapy. A form may also be given for you to take to your child’s teacher to fill out if there are identified problems with learning or behavior at school.
Play Therapy is used with children or adolescents as a therapeutic alternative to just talking. It helps build a positive relationship between the therapist and child.
Play Therapy helps children take responsibility for their behaviors and replace inappropriate behavior with more successful behavior. Children also can develop new and creative solutions to their problems, develop respect and acceptance of themselves and others, and learn to experience positive emotions and express feelings more appropriately and respectfully.
Play Therapy helps children learn new social skills, improve communication, overcome resistance, develop competence through mastery, think creatively, achieve catharsis, form attachments, develop positive emotions, and master developmental fears.
Play Therapy is effective with children experiencing a wide variety of social, emotional, behavioral and learning problems including trauma, aggression, anxiety/fearfulness, depression, ADHD, and low self-esteem and social withdrawal.
In Family Therapy, I will meet with two or more members of a family at the same time during the session. We will talk about problems within the family and I will try to understand the problems from the various points of view presented. I will offer support and guidance with resolving family problems and for improving communication and relationships within the family.
I will use Individual and/or Play Therapy with your child, depending on the child’s age and needs. In Individual Therapy, the therapist meets privately with the child to talk about problems, feelings, experiences, and relationships. Together, the therapist and the child think of new ways to deal with problems.
Families are important in children getting better. Sometimes children develop problems as a way of signaling there is something wrong in the family. Other times the entire family becomes distressed because of a child’s problem. In all cases, children and families heal faster when they work together. At a minimum, I will communicate regularly with the child’s caregivers. There may be times when the most productive therapeutic approach will be family therapy.