Sometimes parents will ask me to talk with their child about ongoing issues or concerns. The truth is that most children have difficulty expressing their feelings through words. In fact, many theorists believe that play is the language of the child and that children can work out, or process what’s been happening in their lives through play. Some children are better than others at expressing themselves through language, but almost all children respond well to play. We minimize play in our culture, but it’s actually the medium through which children learn the most in life, and we can learn a lot about connecting with a young person during play.
I have an assortment of toys and art materials that I routinely use in session with children and youth. Sometimes, there are no words to adequately express our thoughts and feelings. Creative expression through art and play can help tap into those unexpressed feelings. I have been told that my approach to Individual Therapy with Children is gentle, playful and responsive.
Common reasons families bring their children to therapy include:
Behavioral difficulties (at home or school)
Difficulty expressing or regulating feelings (worry, anger, sadness).
Major life transition (e.g., adoption, loss of a loved one or pet, divorce, moving)
For more information about my general approach to therapy, please click here.