Children – Kids learn through activity. We offer a variety of techniques including play, sand tray, art, and physical activities. This allows the child therapy to be fun and memorable. These allow the child to be comfortable and safe while I learn about what their needs may be.
A trained therapist can use play to observe and learn about a child’s problems. With this information a therapist can then help the child explore deal with any problems they may be having or have had in the past. The child therapist can direct new learning coping that result in more appropriate behaviors.
Sand tray therapy is used to provide a safe place for children, teens, and adults to have a safe place to explore their past trauma, catastrophic incidents or abuse and help develop ways to create solutions. For children is another safe place for children to play and explore their own inner thoughts and feelings.
A child can learn about self-worth and confidence through the use of art. Art provides a safe place for expression of feelings and thoughts. The idea is that art and creativity can improve healing and good mental health. Many are able to use this type of self-expression to communicate.
Evidence based research indicates that physical movement reduces symptoms related to anxiety and depression. It also helps children develop self-confidence, manage anxiety, and improve cognitive skills. Child therapy can include physical movements such as yoga, sports, games, and dance.
Exercise may also protect children’s mental health over time: One study found that 6- to 8-year-olds who got more exercise had fewer symptoms of major depressive disorder two years later (Zahl, T., et. al., Pediatrics, Vol. 139, No. 2, 2017).
Social interactions are an important part of a child’s development. We offer periodic groups that offer social interactions with their peers. These groups utilize storytelling, social activities, art, play and physical activity. Each child brings home the information they learned each week. This allows them to teach it to their family and practice with friends.