Counseling for kids and teens
our SPECIALTIES in providing therapy to KIDS AND TEENS:
struggles with self-esteem or self-confidence
depression, sadness or anger/irritability
being highly sensitive (read more HERE)
difficulties with social skills
anxiety, overwhelm and stress
Counseling for kids
Is your child not acting like him or herself? Struggling with social skills? Acting worried or depressed or angry? Experiencing big life changes or an upsetting event?
If so, counseling with a child therapistcan be a good starting place. Therapy can offer the opportunity to get to the root of what is causing the difficulty for your child, to work through challenging feelings and to develop new coping skills and better relationships along the way.
Therapy with children can look pretty different than therapy with adults. We specialize in child centered play therapy since children's primary language is play. Simply talking about concerns is not helpful or developmentally appropriate for kids. Ever had a conversation with your child that consisted of:
"What happened?" "I don't know."
"Why did you…?" [shrug]
These types of conversations are frustrating for everyone!
Since children's cognitive and language skills are not yet fully developed, play, art and sand tray therapy provide children with the opportunity to project their feelings and experiences and process their challenges. We focus on child centered play therapy techngiques and provide counseling and therapy services for children ages 8 and up. During our sessions, we'll use an array of games—as well as toys, dolls, puppets and art—as tools to build new skills and to support you and your child in working through challenges.
Counseling for Teens
What tough years adolescence can be! We all remember that awkwardness and worry and total discomfort with our bodies that comes during those ages when you're not quite a child anymore and not yet an adult. In addition to the awkwardness and worry, bullying can become prevalent and intense during this early adolescence period. Sometimes teens experience depression and anxiety as it feels like everything is changing, while their hormones are raging. There can be the expected changes in attitude and fighting with parents as teens struggle to define their identities and assert their individuality, just like they’re supposed to do at this age. Even writing about this period of life and knowing how hard it is for everyone makes me shudder a bit!
Does any of this remind you of your teen or of your family relationships? If so, let's chat about how counseling for your teen could be helpful. In teen therapy, we incorporate a range of activities--including art, music and sometimes sand tray as tools for expression--while talking through challenges and helping teens develop new coping tools. So, teens don't have to worry about coming to counseling and just staring at the therapist with nothing to say.
Although we'll talk about the details of confidentiality if you schedule an appointment, you can assure your teen that counseling is confidential. It is really important for your child or teen to have a place where they can talk openly to work through their feelings and struggles. There are, of course, limits to this which we will all talk about together.