If you as a parent are interested in bringing a child in to receive therapy services, it is important that you are prepared to come in for services as well. There are a limited number of presenting concerns where providing a child with individual treatment alone is likely to result in effective outcomes.
I meet initially with parents alone at the initial intake evaluation appointment where we discuss the potential therapies that may be useful to assist your child or adolescent. Ideally, I wish to meet with both parents prior to having any contact with the child. If your child resides in two separate households, I work to coordinate services with both and strive to have all parental figures engaged in the process, except when to do so may be detrimental to the child. It is critical for all parental figures to recognize that my role is to advocate for the best needs of the child.
Expressive Therapies (including Play Therapy and Sandplay)
Toys and play are how children communicate and solve problems. Creating a safe, child-friendly and child-directed process often results in a strengthening of the child’s resiliency and ability to overcome obstacles as well as build healthy self-confidence, assertiveness, and conflict-resolution skills.
Assisting family members to enjoy one another and learn to cooperate in a playful environment empowers parents and children to meet therapeutic goals. Filial therapy is a specific type of play therapy that may be helpful.
Family counseling can improve troubled relationships with your significant other, children, and/or other family members.
Adoption and Attachment
I can also help with adoption and related attachment issues.
Utilizing multiple approaches I can help with a comprehensive plan to address these issues.