Individual therapy (children, teens, and adults): I will help explore and discover the meaning behind you and/or your child’s emotional distress and behaviors in a safe, supportive environment. The therapeutic process provides the space to be angry, sad, indifferent or highly emotional without judgment. We will work together on creating goals, working towards those goals, and leaving therapy with tools and skills you and your child can use outside of therapy and throughout life.
Play therapy: Play therapy allows children and teens to explore and express emotions and internal challenges in a non-threatening way. Since play is perceived as fun, children are psychologically separated from their problems and allowed to freely and safely express their true feelings in ways appropriate to their developmental level. Expressing, communicating, and processing difficult emotions and experiences can be done through art, play, and games. Check out videos about play therapy here and here.
Positive Behavior Support: PBS is a great model for kids with developmental disabilities who have challenging behaviors. Behaviors are a form of communication. In PBS, we will first work together in order to discover the meaning behind your child’s behavior and then work on ways to prevent the challenging behavior from recurring. I will also teach you and your child new skills and positive ways for your child to communicate his/her needs. We will discuss ways to respond to your child in order to both increase more positive behaviors and decrease the challenging ones.
Parent Support: Parent support is often offered in conjunction with the work I may be doing with your child. Our meetings will give you the opportunity to share your observations, voice areas of concern, and ask specific questions. Together, we will determine how to best help your child work through challenges. We will work together to discover your strengths as a parent and build upon those strengths. Additional parenting tools can be explored and adapted to fit the needs of your family.
Family therapy: Struggles for one person often affects the whole family. Family therapy can help improve communication and resolve conflicts with the consideration of how each family member affects one another. Family therapy can include all family members or those who are able to participate.