Individual Counseling for Kids and Teens
Therapy for kids and teenagers is a team effort and parents are part of the team. Parents are essential to a child’s success in therapy, especially to provide support and sometimes to be directly involved in a session. Depending on the age of your child, the type of parent participation will vary. For instance, with younger children I will meet first with the parents. But with older children, usually about 12 years of age or older, I will meet first with the child. It’s important for older children to be able to tell their side of the story first. This helps to establish trust with me, which is essential. I understand this and know that there is always more than one side to the story.
Individual Therapy for Kids
Some situations that respond well to Play Therapy include feelings of anxiety or depression, which by the way can look like grumpiness. It’s also an excellent choice for children who have had a bad experience that they just can’t get past. Some children who experience a significant loss can get stuck in the process of coming to terms with their experience. A few examples of these losses include moving to a new house, changing schools, the death of someone close or divorce.
Individual Therapy for Teens
Remember your teen years? They can be tough. Part of working with teens is connecting with them in their world, a place that is somewhere between childhood and adulthood. I’m prepared with a number of options for teens. Talking is certainly one option, but so are art or games. I work to make a connection with them so that I can help them get from where they are to where they want to be.