Does your child struggle to interact with his/her peers effectively and have few or no friends?
Are you feeling desperate to help your child manage his or her anxiety but can’t seem to help?
Is your child challenged by a difficult experience, such as a divorce, a medical scare, or death in the family?
Is your child highly sensitive and having trouble managing his or her emotions?
Is your child irritable and angry?
When your child is struggling emotionally, it affects all aspects of life. You may find yourself feeling anxious, hopeless and alone, wondering what is wrong with your child or if things will ever improve. No matter the source of your child’s distress, you may long for a way to help them develop the resilience and skills to become a confident, successful adult. You should know that you are not alone, that families around the world are experiencing exactly what you are going through. I would never doubt your love for your child or your strengths as a parent. Every child is different, and sometimes it is important to seek out a trained professional to help your child work things out. Don’t let your child’s problems last a lifetime. With the help of a trained professional, your child can develop the skills and emotional intelligence to move forward in healthy ways. With help and your continued support, your child can succeed academically, socially, and emotionally with rewarding relationships with parents, teachers and peers.
Therapy Can Help
With every child, my chief goal is to provide the kind of presence that makes them feel seen, heard, and celebrated in spite of the challenges they face or exhibit. At the heart of it, I provide each child experiences of themselves as capable, clever, lovable individuals in every session. I use a combination of techniques, including play with carefully selected toys, books and social stories, and artistic activities and tailor therapy to fit each individual child’s needs.
For children ages 3-10 I use specific play interventions as the chief method of change. Play therapy is to children what talk therapy is to adults. Research confirms that play is a child’s primary tool for communication, growth, and development. With children ages 2-12, therapeutic play can get to the heart of an issue more efficiently and effectively than words can. For a typically developing child, their brains must work much harder to process their thoughts and emotions with words than adult brains do. Using play in therapy meets the child where they are at developmentally. Play also allows children with under-developed speech and language skills to communicate and connect with others. Skill-building-type talk therapy is provided when it enhances the therapeutic process for a particular child.
Play therapy has several stages and the parent(s) play an important role throughout. Play therapy involves an intake interview during which the parent(s) will be asked questions about your child’s early development, current functioning and presenting problem(s). I will also seek your feedback at least every 3-4 sessions as a way to measure your child’s progress in therapy. To learn more about the other stages of play therapy, click here to be directed to the Association for Play Therapy webpage.
Therapy sessions are held in my Park Slope office on Thursdays between 9AM and 8PM or Fridays between 10am and 6pm. If there are other ways you or your child needs assistance, such as classroom visits, consultations with teachers or other service providers, or online video conversations with you, they can be scheduled from Monday to Friday.
Therapy is useful for kids with all sorts of different struggles, including but not limited to:
- Depression, overwhelming emotions, sensitivity, and irritability
- Grief and Loss
- Anger problems
- Adjustment problems related to divorce, to going to school, etc.
- Coping with illness
- Autism Spectrum Disorders (specifically for the social and emotional components, such as anxiety and frustration tolerance)
Call or email today to begin the change process.