Counseling for Kids

LET'S WORK TOGETHER

For the past year, I worked with children and families doing both Child Centered Play Therapy as well as varieties of expressive art and activity therapies, grounded in Person Centered Counseling. I have received prior trainings and am actively pursuing ongoing training offered both statewide and nationally. In my office, I use an adapted play therapy modality -- adjusting my office to become a kiddo friendly space which invites your child to explore, express, and grow. I am able to see children as young as 2 or 3 (often using pre-therapy techniques and sensorimotor toys for expression) up to pre teens and teens (often using more activity based, walk and talk, or expressive art techniques).

Playing in Sand

HOW I CAN HELP

For the past year, I worked with children and families doing both Child Centered Play Therapy as well as varieties of expressive art and activity therapies, grounded in Person Centered Counseling. I have received prior trainings and am actively pursuing ongoing training offered both statewide and nationally. In my office, I use an adapted play therapy modality -- adjusting my office to become a kiddo friendly space which invites your child to explore, express, and grow. I am able to see children as young as 2 or 3 (often using pre-therapy techniques and sensorimotor toys for expression) up to pre teens and teens (often using more activity based, walk and talk, or expressive art techniques).

Kid's Playing Outdoor
Playing in a Fountain

The Power of Play and Expressive Arts

Developmentally appropriate counseling for children and teens

IS PLAY THERAPY RIGHT FOR YOU?

If you are noticing that your child is struggling to regulate their emotions (be those anger, sadness, anxiety, etc), then Play Therapy could be a way to help them express what is happening in their world.  Children use play, not words, in therapy. Therefore, play therapy meets them within their world to help support and affirm them as they work through challenges.

The Association for Play Therapy, or APT, further explains: "Play Therapy is not the same as regular, everyday play. While spontaneous play is a natural and essential part of the developmental process, Play Therapy is a systematic and therapeutic approach.  Play Therapists are licensed mental health professionals with extensive training, supervision, and education in Play Therapy. Play Therapy incorporates a growing number of evidence-based practices and techniques (SAMSHA, 2014), and should only be utilized by specially trained mental health professionals."