As a parent, it can be overwhelming to think about taking your child to therapy. You may be wondering what Child Therapy looks like, what to expect, or if your child really needs therapy.
Often children show us how they are feeling through their behaviors. Whether a child is withdrawn, anxious, melting down or getting into fights, these behaviors are a form of communication. As a child therapist, I am trained to uncover the feeling beneath the behavior and give voice to the child’s needs.
Even the most verbal children struggle with formulating words for their inner experience. That’s why Play Therapy is helpful! Play allows the child to process and communicate feelings and experiences. The Play Therapist integrates the symbolic world of play with the real world. This generally leads to more positive behaviors and healthier communication between parents and children resulting in happier households.
Child Therapy is recommended for children ages 2-12 experiencing a variety of symptoms including:
- Life transitions such as a move, divorce, blended family
- Anxiety, generalized fear
- Social skills/boundaries
- Aggressive behaviors
- Medical trauma
- Situational trauma
- Attachment concerns
- Nightmares/bed wetting
- Adoption support
- Strengthening family relationships
- Bullying/struggling peer relationships
- Challenges with academic motivation/success
- Low self esteem
- Selective Mutism
Play Therapy not only reduces symptoms, it supports the development of the whole child by building self esteem, facilitating responsibility, and improving problem solving and social skills.