Children use play and imagination to explore the world and to make sense of what they see, hear, and experience. Play stregthens the connections in the brain and supports intellectual, physical, emotional, social, and creative processes. When emotional events occur in children's lives, their primary method for understanding them is to play about them.
In my individual sessions with children, I create an emotionally-safe therapeutic environment that fosters commmunication, relationship-building, expression, problem resolution, and mastery.
I strategically utilize play therapy techniques to help kids express themselves when they may not have the verbal language to do so. In play therapy, toys are a child’s words and play is a child’s language. Through play, I gain insight into a child’s thoughts, feelings, experiences, and interpretations of their own world.
The benefits a child can gain from sessions include learning to communicate and express thoughts and emotions, modify behaviors, develop new and creative solutions to problems, gain respect and acceptance of self, and enhance self-efficacy and decision making abilities.
Is your teen struggling with knowing who they are and what they want...searching for a journey towards self-discovery? Or maybe they are needing help with managing behavior and emotions...wanting to express and reduce stress, anxiety, depression? Or they could be struggling with a current life difficulty or experience and need support and guidance? If any of these relate to your teen, I can help!
Life throws many surprises at us, and while we cannot predict the outcome of any situation, we can take control of how we respond to certain situations. We can learn to identify our desires and set intentions for what we want.
In my individual sessions with teens, they are provided with opportunities to express themselves through creative outlets, visualize and imagine the life they want, feel empowered and confident, gain insight into self, develop coping skills, discover creative solutions to problems, and improve overall well-being.
Through this creative process, I will be dedicated to guide and support your teen with uncovering their individual wants and needs, while enhancing their strengths and abilities.