There are many reasons a child may go to therapy. Sometimes everyday circumstances pose a challenge, other times more difficult situations arise that overwhelm the child in her/his ability to cope. Whether the challenge is the birth of a new sibling, starting school, a new school or if there has been some significant change in the child’s life like parental divorce, children often need a safe place to feel heard, gain some understanding of their situation, and the opportunity to work through their feelings and understanding.
Whether you as the parent notice some concerning behavior, or the school has voiced a concern, we feel it is useful to intervene early with children. The sooner one helps the child ‘get back on track’ the quicker the child can return to their regular developmental process.
Depending on the child and the circumstances, our therapists will use one or more modality of play therapy (for example: sandtray, expressive play and/or projective drawing) and talk therapy. Parents will be asked to meet for collateral meetings, which support the therapy and give feedback about school, home and social functioning outside of the therapy. In this way, the parents are important partners in helping their child on the path to wellness.