It is amazing to see how many children (ages 5-12) are now coming to therapy. Parents often tell us their child has said “Mom and Dad please find me a counselor to talk to.” Ongoing proof that the therapy paradigm is changing, and our wise young ones can feel it: it makes sense to talk to someone about our inner world and the social, school, family pressures and realities that collide daily.
Typically, we will first meet with mom or dad (or both) to get to know you hear about your child and find out what your goals are for his or her therapy. The next session we will meet with your child and begin to get to know him or her. This is a casual, comfortable environment with lots of games, laughter, drawing, even nature-walking. If your child is serious and shy and then we will be talking and musing together. In other words– we are adept at following their lead and helping them feel comfortable.
Family is always a part of the process, as our goal is for your child to not only get to know themselves, but to be able to reach for you in their times of pain and confusion. We pull in parents on a regular basis—siblings, too.
We are amazed at the growth and changes we see in the kids we work with. It is an honor to help them with their feelings of:
- Sadness and depression
- Social and school worries
- Feelings of disconnection or anger towards parents and siblings
- Blended family struggles
- Fear of change
- And those who are simply on a journey of understanding themselves and processing life
We look forward to helping your child if the need arises.