Counseling for Children and Adolescents
Parenting Skills and Behavioral Support
My approach to counseling is an integrative one with Person-Centered Theory at the core. I also integrate attachment theory into my approach with clients. Most childhood difficulties stem from connection and attachment issues and I strive to create a therapeutic environment that is comfortable, non-judgmental and empathic in order to provide a safe place for client’s to explore, grow, and learn important skills. The goal in my work with clients is personal growth. Growth is achieved by increasing awareness and understanding of attitudes, feelings, and behaviors. I will also use more directive and structured techniques when appropriate depending on the client and the client’s presenting issues. Some of these techniques include relaxation, meditation, mindfulness and CBT techniques.
Presenting issues that I have experience with include:
- Autism Spectrum
- Behavioral Problems
- Family Conflic
- Learning Disabilities
- Low grades / Lack of School Motivation
- Social Skills
- School Pressures
When working with young children (typically under 10 years old), I continue to be grounded in a Client-Centered/Integrative approach, but I use both non-directive and directive play therapy as talk therapy tends to be less appropriate for this age group. Children are much more comfortable in the world of play and can communicate their thoughts and emotions with more ease when using this medium. Play therapy is a form of counseling that can be used with children to help them express or act out their experiences, feelings, and problems by playing with dolls, toys, and other play materials.
I work with children individually but I also like to include parents and caregivers and family in the process. I also feel it is beneficial to work with parents and caregivers to provide parenting support and education, so they, too, have a better understanding of what the child is addressing in therapy and how they can help the child at home. Research has shown that for therapy to be effective for children and teens, parental involvement in the process is vital.