Children and Therapy
Children are incredibly resilient and fun but they DO experience stress, fear, sadness and anxiety. Learning who they are, understanding the world around them and how to "fit in" it is not an easy task. During childhood meltdowns and excitement are familiar, but not easy, experiences. Learning how to regulate emotions is one of the biggest developmental challenges for all children - and for their caregivers as well. Play therapy can reduce symptoms and bring you and your child a higher quality of living.
Adolescents and Therapy
Adolescence is a time of strong emotions and of rethinking everything, including ourselves. It is a challenging phase for all and it can be a lonely and confusing time at times. Moreover teenagers often engage in behaviors that interfere with their happiness and ability to thrive. In any case adolescents may benefit from developing a safe and respectful relationship outside of their family and friends' circle. As a therapist I offer my adolescent clients the opportunity to address their wildest thoughts and feelings in a productive and responsible manner. I encourage them to take the brave route to know who they are (the beautiful and the ugly) and to explore who they are to become as a young adults.
Research shows that early intervention is a key predictor of a positive prognosis, or a positive resolution to a problem. It is a misconception that children will outgrow their difficulties as they age without proper assistance. In fact, research shows that when an issue is not resolved it is carried to the next phase of development and it continues to affect the individual until much later in life. Young children, toddlers, are no different than school age children and adolescents and they benefit from specialized therapy.
There are many issues that might bring a toddler to see me. One challenge that many toddlers and young children commonly face is the capacity to comfortably separate from their main caregivers while joining a preschool setting. It also is not uncommon for young kiddos to have difficulty with issues of self-control, independence, discipline and autonomy. Play therapy can help toddlers and their parents to deal with on going life changes, children's new phases of development and its new challenges.
In a nutshell
One thing to keep in mind: there is always challenge and conflict in one's life but we all, children and adults, must and certainly deserve to live our lives in a comfortable manner. Play therapy helps children to gain skills to deal with life difficulties, to feel more confident and to heal from overwhelming experiences.