Matching Interventions to Individuals
Helping Families Begins with Listening
Choosing the best way to help begins with careful listening in order to understand your specific situation. read more >>read less <<
We View Behavior as Communication
Often children don’t have the words to describe their experiences or feelings, so they communicate with their behavior. read more >>read less <<
Children of all ages use actions to express feelings of:
- anxiety and worry
- grief and loss
- awkwardness or inadequacy
Through the use of a family-centered approach, parents can understand the underlying reason for the behavior, and your child and family can make lasting positive changes.
Play is the language of children; therefore play therapy is the most natural way to help children “play out” and through this work out, their problems or concerns. Research shows that play therapy is effective with children experiencing a wide variety of social, emotional, and behavioral problems, including anxiety, aggression, depression, ADHD, low self-esteem, peer problems, and post-traumatic stress.
Our sandtray therapy room is equipped with an extensive collection of miniature objects, and the child is encouraged to create his or her world. Images, dilemmas, fears, and hopes can be expressed in new ways as the child shares the experience with the therapist. The child can rework a situation in the sandtray and symbolically change the outcome. This therapy leads children to discover their own wisdom and pathway to healing.
Sometimes children and teens need specific strategies and therapy related to trauma. Both trauma-focused CBT and EMDR are excellent modalities for helping a person to recognize, reduce, and resolve trauma triggers. When working with children, trauma work is often best done with a parent being part of the process.
While children’s drawings, paintings, or clay creations convey information about their feelings, thoughts, and fantasies, it is the act of creating the art with the therapist present, and then processing it together, that encourages expression, growth, and understanding.
Attachment/Relationship Enhancement Therapy
Parents gain insight into their child’s behaviors and feelings by learning to conduct play therapy sessions under a therapist’s direction. According to research, when families participate in this form of therapy, the child’s problem behaviors decrease and the parents learn vital parenting skills for dealing with behavioral and emotional outbursts. Most important, parents and children develop a closer relationship.
Based on the idea that our inaccurate thoughts or beliefs lead negative moods and problematic behavior, the success of this well established is supported by research. It helps a child become aware of inaccurate thoughts and then view situations more realistically. This helps a child improve his/her behavior and view of things even if the situation doesn’t change.
Even if it seems like only one family member is struggling, involving others in the family encourages useful solutions and support. Families also learn more beneficial ways of interacting and solving problems. We get to know your family’s philosophies, principles, and preferences and fit interventions into your style.
Utilizing groundbreaking research, children and families learn how to overcome negativity and cultivate positive emotions. Building and broadening your child’s and family’s positivity helps increase joy, creativity, and well-being. It also helps children bounce back from life’s challenges. Because of its amazing affects, we include aspects of positivity with each family.