Does your child need help with BIG feelings?
Do you suspect that your child may be depressed? Has he or she been through a traumatic experience? Are you dealing with divorce and concerned about how your children are coping? Has your child been physically or sexually abused? Does your child have difficulty with explosive anger? Does your child have a problem with tantrums? Is your child trying to cope with major life changes, like a move or divorce? Are you getting married and worried about how your child is or will handle a step-parent and/or blended family? Is your child struggling with severe nervousness or anxiety? Does your child have ADD or ADHD and need help learning how to calm their mind? Does your child need help identifying and verbalizing their feelings?
I CAN HELP!
Having over 10 years of experience working with children in a multitude of life situations, I have extensive knowledge about child development. When working with children I utilize their natural form of communication – play! Play therapy is a way in which children communicate their feelings, develop problem solving skills, and process major life stressors.
But, my child doesn’t talk about their feelings at all, how will they participate in COUNSELING? Wouldn’t it just end up being a waste of money?
Actually, kids say a lot more with what they DON’T verbalize than with what they do. The good news is children usually do not even realize they are in therapy, as far as they are concerned, it is just a time when they get to play. By using play as a way of communication, the pressure to say and/or do the right thing goes away and they are more likely to open up. If not verbally, then subconsciously their actions speak volumes.
I’ve known my child their whole life and I can’t get them to talk, how are YOU going to get them to open up?
First of all, YOU are the expert when it comes to your child. Because as the question states, you have been there from the very beginning. And chances are they already are opening up to you, but in a language that is hard to recognize. So, in a way, I am merely acting as a translator. You know the child and I speak play, so if we work together we can begin to help your child work through their difficulties.
So, why should we go with you as our child’s counselor?
That is a great question! There are several things that set me apart from other therapists
- My first degree was in early childhood education
I have 10+ years of experience working with children ages 10 an under
I speak play!!
I am currently working to become a Registered Play Therapist
I use a lot of experiential therapies with children, which have been proven to be the most effective way for children to communicate
Let’s set up a consultation!
I would love to speak with you specifically about your child and your concerns. I invite you to contact me if you have any questions or would like more information about how I might be able to help you and your child.
Books for Children
Porcupette Finds a Family by Vanita Oelschlager, illustrated by Milie Blanc
Andrew’s Angry Words by Dorothea Lachner, illustrated by The` Tjong-Khing
Cloud’s Best Worst Day Ever by Amy Novesky, illustrated by Hanako Wakiyama
Don’t Feed the Worry Bug written and illustrated by Andi Green
The Lonely Little Monster written and illustrated by Andi Green
The Monster in the Bubble written and illustrated by Andi Green
The Monster Who Couldn’t Decide written and illustrated by Andi Green
The Nose That Didn’t Fit written and illustrated by Andi Green
Steps and Stones: An Anh’s Anger Story by Gail Silver, illustrated by Christiane Kromer
Today I Feel Silly & Other Moods That Make My Day by Jamie Lee Curtis, illustrated by Laura Cornell
The Very Frustrated Monster written and illustrated b Andi Green
Just Kidding by Trudy Ludwig, illustrated by Adam Gustavson
Mindful Monkey, Happy Panda by Lauren Alderfer, illustrated by Kerry Lee MacLean
Moody Cow Meditates by Kerry Lee MacLean
Peaceful Piggy Meditation by Kerry Lee MacLean
Once Upon a Potty by Alona Frankel
The Princess and the Potty by Wendy Cheyette Lewison, illustrated by Rick Brown
I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont, illustrated by David Catrow
An Exceptional Children’s Guide to Touch: Teaching Social and Physical Boundaries to Kids by Hunter Manasco, illustrated by Katherine Manasco
Annabelle’s Secret: A Story About Sexual Abuse by Amy Barth, illustrated by Richa Kinra
Please Tell! A Child’s Story About Sexual Abuse written and illustrated by Jessie
Have you Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids by Carol McCloud, illustrated by David Messing
How Full is you Bucket? For Kids by Tom Rath and Mary Reckmeyer, illustrated by Maurie J. Manning
Moody Cow Learns Compassion by Kerry Lee MacLean
A Terrible Thing Happened by Margaret M. Holmes, Illustrated by Cary Pillo