Therapy for Children and Teens

Negative behaviors begin as adaptations-- to help us survive challenging times-- and easily turn into habits and patterns that are hard to break. Together we will help you and your young person develop healthier, more productive, and effective ways of coping with stress. 

Through play and expressive arts, talk, and somatic work, I help with:

  • Anxiety and depression

  • Transitions (such as parental separation, moving)

  • Coping after being witness to frightening events (in their immediate or larger community) 

  • Confidence and self-esteem challenges (including body image issues)

  • Emotional regulation (learning to manage feelings without blowing up or shutting down)

Play is freeing and fun, and it paves the path for healing in children. It allows them to symbolize their experience, and to process feelings and emotions that might otherwise be too confusing, frightening, or overwhelming to feel—but that may be manifesting in the form of “symptoms" like worries, aggression, or withdrawal. This process helps them to gain a sense of control over their surroundings and renewed confidence in their skills and abilities. 

In adolescence, a young person needs support to grow into the person that they're slowly discovering themselves to be. During a period of such rapid, intense change, and at a time in the world when the challenges facing them far outnumber the available sources of hope and optimism, therapy can be a place for them express and explore their individuality as well as their relationships, and examine their stress management strategies (and how they're working).

 

In general, I believe in working very closely with parents of school-aged children. This will bring you and your child closer and help you know how best to support them. Adolescents tend to need more privacy, but our collaboration continues to be essential as you and your family support your teen's growth, healing, and self-discovery.  Please contact me to talk about the specifics of your family's situation.  I welcome all family configurations.