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Why play therapy? Children, no matter how smart they are, cannot express their feelings verbally like adults. They express their feelings, needs, and frustrations through play. They get tired of questions quickly; therefore, when play is allowed they can be expressive.
A trained play therapist knows how to be part of a child's world and allows the child to teach him/her how to be a child. Through the relationship that builds, the child will learn what is the best in him/her and develop those traits. The child is empowered to make changes that are needed in his or her life. Play therapy is non-judgmental environment that allows the child to express his anxieties, fears, thoughts, needs, and feelings.
Play therapy can build self-esteem, self-awareness, insight into dealing with their stress and anxiety, and a place to practice coping skills to work out his/her anxieties. Your child may tell you about some of the games being played or activities but their is much more going on at a deeper level. Play therapy is most effective once a week for a 45-minute session.
As your child progresses sessions can be spaced out farther apart. Your counselor will keep you updated on the progress of the therapy whether it is in email or by phone from time to time. We want the session to be used so the child feels his time is special with the counselor. You as the parent can always set up an appointment alone to come in and visit.
Young adults can have struggles and life issues that may be slightly different from other adults at different phases of their lives. We can help college students or young people just entering the workforce work thru career goals and life skills coaching. Often times many college students will have transitional issues being 100% independent for the first time and managing all of the responsibilities in their life. Life coaching is available.
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Children can have their own set of struggles due to biological or environmental causes. A good number of children suffer from anxiety disorders, depression, trauma related conditions, attention disorders, behavioral problems or stressors related to school, home, or peers. We are here to evaluate what may be going on with your child. We utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
The name says it all. As we all can remember back being a teen is a very tough part of our lives and being a parent of a teen is challenging as well.
Today there are many variables that make raising a adolescent very different than a few decades ago. This developmental period is one where the teen is trying to fit in yet be different, trying to be independent but still wanting to be taken care of and supported. It is a long transitional period to adulthood in which bodies are growing and changing in addition to the cerebral cortex.
The teenage brain is immature in its circuitry, which makes for logical reasoning difficulties thus FAMILY CONFLICT. We at Heritage know how stressful this time is and we are here to support you in setting up some family ground rules and keeping you connected to your teenager.
We also provide a safe environment for your teen to talk to us about the tough issues they might be encountering like peer pressure, academic stress, family pressure to be successful, friendship conflicts, drug/alcohol issues, sexuality questions, and of course low self esteem during this very insecure time of development.
We are here for you as many of us in our practice have been teens not so long ago or have some teens in our homes currently. So we get it!
Family counseling is a type of psychotherapy that may have one or more objectives. Family counseling may help to promote better relationships and understanding within a family. It may be incident specific, as for example family counseling during a divorce, or the approaching death of a family member. Alternately family counseling may address the needs of the family when one family member suffers from a mental or physical illness that alters his or her behavior or habits in negative ways.
In addition to observation, the therapist often helps the family reflect on better ways of communicating with each other. So family counseling may in part be instruction and encouragement. In fact, family counseling often teaches family members new and more positive ways to communicate to replace old, negative communication patterns.
Confused as to what is going on with you or your family member? We can help sort this out for you. By gathering lots of good information as to symptoms, frequency, and a thorough history, we can help you determine if counseling or further testing would be helpful. This process may take a few sessions as many issues seem to overlap with their symptoms and we will have to rule out lots of possibilities. We use screening forms and symptom checklists to help us with this process.
As for the children and teens, evaluations may include having teachers fill out forms to give us additional information. It is also helpful to do class room observations for children being evaluated for ADHD