Children and Families
Family therapy is an effective way to approach the difficulties that families face. Attending therapy as a family sends a powerful message that the family can come together to address challenges and that each family member has role to play in making positive change.
For parents, family therapy provides a neutral party to help overcome communication problems, and helps to clarify family rules, values and limits. For young children and teens, family therapy provides a neutral place where difficult topics can be addressed in a supportive environment. For the entire family, it is an opportunity to sit down once a week and focus on the needs of individuals as well as the entire family. Families that learn to effectively support each other in family therapy translate what they learn for solving future challenges.
I realize that families often come to therapy after having worked very hard on their own to make things work. They’ve done everything they know how to do, and now they are looking for professional help. In my work with families I aim to be insightful, thoughtful and goal oriented. I appreciate how difficult it can be to seek help and I work hard to provide a non-judgmental space to solve problems.
Therapy for a child often begins during difficult transitions such as divorce or loss. It also takes place when the school, pediatrician or a family member suggests that a child may need additional support around behavioral or emotional difficulties that are causing struggles with peers, at school or at home.
My approach to child therapy is to provide the child with a safe place to work through challenges in a supportive environment. I work closely with the adults in a child’s life to come up with practical strategies that fit the social and emotional needs of the child and their family.
A large portion of the therapy process requires translating the worldview of the child. This can happen through play, drawings or other creative ways of processing difficult emotions. Play is a language that children understand. They often have an easier time expressing difficult situations or subjects through play. My goal as a child therapist is to provide practical support that builds a sustainable model for addressing future challenges outside of therapy.