It can be overwhelming as a parent when your child unexpectedly flips out in public and you aren't sure what exactly happened, or your child constantly follows you around, leaving no time for you to have a break, or maybe something terrible and scary happened to your child and you are not sure how to help him/her cope with these big feelings. Sometime you feel like you should know the answer to everything, or you think other parents around you know what to do in these situations, but in reality, all parents struggle in one area or another, and it is okay to reach out for help.
As a Licensed and Marriage Family Therapist, I have worked with parents in finding effective ways to connect with their children based on their personalities, strengths, etc. I encourage parents to be active participants in their child's treatment because parents need support too in being able to express their frustrations, their short comings, and learning to find different ways to connect with their children. As part of the intake process, I like to meet with both parents first to gather as much information about the child, in addition to parents' own childhood and how it currently plays in the parent-child relationship. For a free 20 phone consultation, click the link below.
Below is more information about the different treatment model I utilize with children and parents.
Play Therapy is an evidence-based practice that reaches children using their natural language - play. You can get more information about Play Therapy by visiting the website for the Association for Play Therapy.
Experiential Play Therapy® is a model of play therapy with a strong belief in the child’s quest for health. Only the child knows their particular perceptions of their life’s dilemmas. Therefore, in Experiential Play Therapy, the child is allowed to be the director of the play. In that process, they will utilize toys and their own creativity to recreate their experience in an environment that enables them to approach their struggles so that they are able to regain the power that has been lost in the actual event or environment. The therapist becomes a partner in the child’s quest, assuming whatever role the child requests. This play is active, as the child and therapist use body movements to expel the stress of the experience and empower the child to move forward. (Obtained from Center for Experiential Play Therapy website)
Therapy For Young Children from birth through age 5 and their parents/caregivers. CPP may help when children have been through scary or painful events, such as loss of a loved person, separation, serious medical procedures, abuse, or violence at home or in the community, children show difficult behaviors, family members have physical health or mental health difficulties, and caregivers would like help with parenting and improving parent-child relationship. Click the link below to get a copy of the CPP brochure.
Parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT) is an evidence-based treatment for young children with emotional and behavioral disorders that places emphasis on improving the quality of the parent-child relationship and changing parent-child interaction patterns. Children and their caregivers are seen together in PCIT. Most of the session time is spent coaching caregivers in the application of specific therapy skills. Therapists typically coach from an observation room with a one-way mirror into the playroom, using a “bug-in-the-ear” system for communicating to the parents as they play with their child. Concluding each session, therapist and caregiver together decide which skill to focus on most during daily 5-minute home practice sessions the following week. (Information obtained from PCIT International Webpage at www.pcit.org.
“Infant massage is an ancient art that connects you deeply with the person who is your baby, and helps you to understand your baby’s particular nonverbal language and respond with love and respectful listening. It empowers you as a parent, for it gives you the means by which you become an expert on your own child.” (Information from Infant Massage USA)
6 minute video about Play Therapy by Association for Play Therapy.