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
After an initial conversation to see if I am a good fit, I schedule an in-person meeting with you. From there, I meet with your child. I may also, with your permission, reach out to teachers and other professionals in the child’s life. It generally takes 4-6 meetings for me to assess and gather information for a treatment plan, which we will meet to discuss. Depending on the issues, therapy can take a few months to a year or longer. I discuss my treatment time estimates with you. And sometimes it is helpful for a child to come back on occasion for a tune-up, particularly during stressful or transitional times.
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.