Kids are not mini-adults.
Seems obvious right?
But so many times, kids are expected to be just that- to sit still, learn from lectures and always make logical choices just like adults.
However, if you have your own or have ever been around a kid, you know this isn’t happening.
Kids are messy, creative, loving, wild, funny, goofy, and the best all within the same minute.
If we treat kids like adults within therapy, we aren’t going to get anywhere positive.
Instead, when we work with kids- we speak their natural language-play- within the therapy world.
Each of our therapists have been trained in play therapy and understand how to communicate with kids in a way that they can understand.
For more about what play therapy is, how it works, and what to expect when we work with your kid, check out this page all about play therapy.
Play Therapy at True Hope Counseling
At True Hope, we work with children starting at age 3. When we work with children, we work with the child to increase resiliency and coping skills at an age appropriate level.
Through the magic of play therapy, we can allow the child to put words with their feelings and increase emotional expression through play.
When working with a child (or any client), trust is extremely important.
Because of this, what happens in the session with the child will remain in the session, unless the child is being hurt or is going to hurt someone else. We will discuss the child’s treatment goals and progress in broad strokes with the parent or caregiver but no details will be divulged.
Our goal is to help your child and allow your child to have a safe space- one without agendas, expectations, or restrictions.
Play therapy is the most effective method of working with children, both preschool and school-age.
We have four therapists who specialize in children under the age of 12:
- Amy Flaherty, LPE-I, RPT, ICST-P
- Ashley Cobb, LCSW, RPT, ICST
- Nikki West, LCSW, RPT-S, ICST
- Bridget Crecelius, LPC
But what if my child is a teenager?
As you likely have experienced, teenagers can be the best and worst of all of us.
I’m betting your is can be such a creative, spontaneous, joyful and loving child, you wonder how you got so lucky to be her parent.
But then IT happens- almost within seconds.
She has switched from an angel to a person who you struggle to even know. Almost within a flip of a light switch, your baby girl is now a stubborn, resentful, and angry person.
You wonder- HOW CAN THIS HAPPEN?
Good news!! We can help!!
We work with teenagers to help make it through these stressful years. It’s rough being a teen and a parent of a teen.
At True Hope, our focus will always be on helping your teen develop into the healthy young adult you can see right around the corner.
Since your teenager is our client, confidentiality will rest between your teen and his or her therapist. As with kids, we will often gather information about how your teen is doing, but we won’t give details about what is being said in therapy.
Rest easy knowing that if we do see any red flags or warning signs regarding safety issues, you will be the first to know.
Below are some if the issues we often see teenagers wrestling with in our practice:
- Relationship problems
- Self-mutilation (cutting)
- Social issues- lack of friends
- Difficulty getting along with others
- Sexual identity
- School-related problems such as bullying
- Low self-esteem or self-worth
Again, these are only a few of the issues we see with our teenage clients.
Our therapists who specialize in work with teenagers:
Feel free to contact any of us if you need help with your child or teenager.
We are here to serve you.