Often times when children go through new changes in their life, they may struggle with the adjustment and not know how to cope with different feelings. Some children internalize their feelings, which can later lead to sometimes explosive and displaced behaviors, self-esteem issues, or taking responsibility or blame for family issues. Some children may display their frustrations through acting out behaviors, such as talking back, regressed or delayed development, hitting, tantrums, difficulty in the classroom, or difficulty socializing with other children. School, by nature, can be challenging for children, and the addition of any family or individual issues may overwhelm a child's healthy development.
Through creative and artful play and interaction, therapy can open a window to your child's world. Counseling places a focus on introducing and practicing tools for the present and future. Mary teaches children to voice their feelings appropriately, and ultimately, to be able to communicate better with you, their parent/s. If you approve, your child also has the opportunity to earn prizes by practicing throughout the week the good behaviors and tools introduced in counseling.
My goal is to foster an open and trusting relationship with not only your children, but you, the parent/s, as well. Therapy can be more effective when parent/s are involved and comfortable with the therapeutic relationship. Counseling is a safe, non-judgmental environment for children to talk and explore decisions and values, and can be a place your child learns to flourish.