children and adolescents
We treat teens, adolescents, and children. Individual therapy with minors may include work with parents, families, and schools. We can create a system that works for the kids and parents.
We are never just playing. Play therapy is for people across the lifespan, however, is especially appropriate for children ages 3 through 12. It is not just for adolescents. Play therapy is used to help people express and communicate their feelings. The Association for Play Therapy defines play therapy as “the systematic use of a theoretical model to establish an interpersonal process wherein trained play therapists use the therapeutic powers of play to help children prevent or resolve psychosocial difficulties and achieve optimal growth and development.
Benefits of play therapy for a child
Become more responsible for behaviors and develop more strategies
Develop new and creative solutions to problems
Develop respect and acceptance of self and others
Learn to experience and express emotions
Cultivate empathy and respect for thoughts and feelings of others
Learn new social skills and relational skills with family
Develop self-efficacy and thus a better assuredness about their abilities.
Going to therapy does not mean you are crazy, because at least 1 in 5 of your peers (teens) have mental health issues that are working through. Teens can have mental health problems when their feelings, thoughts, and actions are creating issues in their lives. From mood swings to homework/test anxiety, all teens have problems. Teens thoughts, feelings, and actions matter and do not need to be overlooked. Teens come for a variety of reasons such as depression, anxiety, behavior problems, substance abuse issues, stress, school and social related issues, low self-esteem, trauma, and/or grief.
You may also want to check out our Education Consultation for guidance and assistance with 504s and IEPs.