The Right Time to Get Help Is Now
When adults go to therapy they sit on a couch and talk about the things that are bothering them. Children are different! Your child requires a special type of therapy with a therapist who is specially trained to empower your child and create change.
You need a therapist who can help your child:
- Boost confidence and self-esteem
- Increase self-control
- Develop coping skills to manage stress
- Promote healthy expression of emotion
- Cultivate empathy and respect for self and others
- Access strengths to enhance problem solving skills
I am trained in several techniques, all of which I adapt to the benefit of your child and his or her unique situation. One of the most effective techniques is cognitive behavioral therapy. That’s means I help your child understand how thoughts affect feelings, which can affect how your child behaves. Sessions will stay focused on the solutions. I help your child find the exceptions to the problem and use those as a foundation to build upon.
Your child may want to talk about feelings, or he or she may not. That’s OK! I strongly believe that in therapy your child should not feel forced. At the same time, your child will be encouraged to be a part of the treatment team by identifying challenges and setting goals, and working on reaching those goals.
Your child may prefer to play out the feelings. I use special toys, games, and activities, which will help your child to understand the problem at his or her level. These unique tools help to unlock what a sit-down conversation may not.
Your child can benefit from having you participate in the session. This has shown to aid in accomplishing goals more quickly. This is especially true if you have concerns about the way you and your child communicate, if your child has difficulty listening to you or following directions, or if you’re seeking to learn more about your child from your child.
Parent participation in session is more than welcome, it is encouraged. You get the benefits of:
- Observing your child’s efforts in a safe space
- Increasing your connection with your child as you better understand his or her needs
- Reinforcing the solid parenting skills you have
- Learning personalized techniques to help support behavioral changes in your child
Every session you will receive feedback on your child’s behavior and progress.
I also offer individual parenting sessions so the hard work your child is doing in session has even more chance of taking effect. These are extra sessions for you and I to discuss in depth your child’s challenges and the obstacles that are getting in the way.
Whether your child is feeling out of sorts or the behavior is out of control, I’d love to help him or her be the resilient child we know s/he can be.