Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy
Children and Adolescents
Sometimes children just need someone to talk to, and our therapists will offer that empathic ear lending a helping hand to children and adolescents to help them deal with a broad variety of concerns, such as Depression, Anxiety, Behavioral issues, ADD, ADHD, Bullying, Learning Disabilities, Divorced, Blended Family Transitions, Adolescence issues, and Substance Abuse.
Play therapy has been researched and proven to be a valuable tool in psychotherapy with children that has been shown to be effective in the treatment of mental illness and behavioral problems. In play therapy, the therapist follows the child’s lead through play, where the child expresses thoughts and feelings that might be difficult to communicate otherwise. The therapist creates a space to allow children to practice play and pretend, thus allowing the therapeutic alliance to develop (Senko & Harper, 2019). The act of play, is considered to be critical to human physical, emotional, social, and cognitive development. Researchers have also determined that it is vital for healthy brain development (Shonko & Phillips, 2000). Play therapy allows children to use play to communicate unconscious conflicts and feelings through displacement with the therapist. Play therapy allows children to directly or symbolically act out their thoughts and emotions. Hence being a good and complementary tool in helping children suffering from behavioral and emotional issues.