Children

“Help! My kid has been having meltdowns all the time and I don’t know what to do!”

We utilize directive and exploratory play therapy to explore children’s behaviors and feelings in a supportive, non-judgmental environment while fostering healthy emotional and social development.
With positive reinforcement and modeling, your child will learn how to master problem-solving and coping skills, how to accept themselves (and others), cultivate relational skills with family and peers, and exercise self-control to build a healthy self-esteem.

Beneficial for children ages 4-12, play therapy with a behavioral approach can address issues such as:

 

  • Chronic meltdowns and temper tantrums
  • Difficulty with transitions
  • Focus and attention issues
  • Chronic stomach or headaches (anxiety)
  • Trauma
  • Fear or avoidance of certain activities/places
  • Aggressive behaviors
  • Making and keeping friends
  • Sleeping concerns
  • Grief and loss
  • Divorce/family transitions
Question: “How do I know when the right time is to bring my child to therapy?”

Answer: “Although there is never a “right” time… when you notice patterns of unhealthy behaviors such as increased aggression, chronic meltdowns, physical symptoms (headaches, tummy aches, moodiness), sleep or appetite changes it may be time to consult with a professional.

Question: “What do I say to my child about going to see a therapist?”

Answer: “Sometimes we go for ‘check ups’ to the doctor or dentist to make sure we are physically healthy; this is another kind of person that we can talk to about how we feel. Their name is _________  and they have lots of fun games and toys for you to play with and you can talk to them about anything.”

The way you approach the conversation with younger kids sets the tone for success as they see it as a benefit (or a place they like going to) and are excited to go see their therapist! We often tell parents to normalize it the best they can, so the child does not view it negatively or a “punishment”. The language is imperative and typically after the first session the child sees it’s not a “scary” place but a place where they look forward to going each week!

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