In our work with children, we use a plethora of approaches based on the child’s age, level of cognition and presenting problem. Although we operate from a psychodynamic frame at times, the therapy involves the use of toys, blocks, dolls, puppets, drawings, and games to help the child recognize, identify, and verbalize feelings. Within the session the clinician is looking to observe how the child uses play materials and identifies themes or patterns to understand the child’s difficulties. Through a combination of talk and play your child has an opportunity to better understand and manage their conflicts, feelings, and behavior. The goal is to bring about an understanding of the issues that motivate and influence a child’s behavior, thoughts, and feelings. It can help identify a child’s typical behavior patterns, defenses, and responses to inner conflicts and struggles.
Psychotherapy does not provide a quick fix or an easy answer. It is a complex and rich process that, over time, can reduce symptoms, provide insight, and improve your child’s functioning and quality of life.
We are dedicated to guiding children to thrive cognitively, socially and emotionally.