Child therapy gives children a safe and supportive space for expressing and reflecting on the powerful emotional or developmental struggles they may be facing. A child’s negative behaviors and/or emotions can be forms of communication, and we work to transform them through understanding their underlying meanings. Over time, as intense states of being become more ordinary and manageable, children can develop the confidence and capability that comes from a higher “emotional intelligence,” the sense of knowing and understanding oneself and others in a deep, reflective way. Research shows that those with emotional intelligence are more confident with peers, do better in school, and are less likely to get into trouble.
Play is the natural language of childhood, and when children recreate their worlds through creative play they are integrating inner and outer experiences and working through confusing, difficult, or traumatic events. I incorporate play therapy, art therapy, and sandplay in my work with children and adolescents and provide parenting support while the children are in treatment.