Therapy for Children
Play, expressive arts, and mindfulness
I help kids who have a hard time concentrating and controlling their emotions find a way forward in a world where they don’t seem to fit. I have a high tolerance for intensity and the feelings hidden beneath distractibility and meltdowns. I also work with you as a parent, thinking with you about what will work best for your family.
I use play, art, and movement versus traditional talk therapy techniques when I work with children (falling back on that old therapy cliché How does that make you feel? just doesn’t cut it for kids—or most adults!). If you are curious about how play therapy works, take a look at this article.
The process of therapy
I offer a free in-person or phone consultation to see if I am a good fit. While this initial conversation is generally with parents, it may make sense to include your child as well. It generally takes 4-6 meetings for me to assess and gather information to plan my approach to fit your child’s needs. Free play, some directed activities, games, and art all fit into my therapeutic toolbox. Depending on the issues, therapy can take a few months to a year or longer.
Because we are partners working together in support of your child, it is very important we check in regularly either in person or on the phone. Child therapy is most effective with your involvement. I see your child for just an hour or two each week. You know your child best and see her or him in a variety of different places and times. I schedule parent check-ins, either in person or on the phone on average every 4-6 weeks. I protect your child’s confidentiality throughout, but will keep you informed of larger themes and when I have serious concerns.