Children simply don’t communicate in the same manner as adults. As a result, Child Therapy/Counseling often involves play therapy. Given that children do not communicate their distress in the same manner as adults, we overcome initial hurdles with different vehicles. In conjunction with with parents/schools and the utilization of behavior management strategies and techniques, Play Therapy is a structured and evidence based approach to helping children overcome psychological distress resulting from, but not limited to:
- previous trauma (e.g., school bullying, harmful experiences);
- emotional intensity associated with intellectual giftedness; and
- behavior problems.
While Play Therapy is a proven approach, not all children rely on Play Therapy to engage in counseling. Older children and adolescents may utilize Talk Therapy in therapy/counseling similar to the approaches used with adults.