Child & Family Therapy

Family Therapy 3312 For Web“The potential possibilities of any child are the most intriguing and stimulating in all creation.” – Ray Wilbur

“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” – Fred Rogers

Children learn through engaging in play. In play they learn to problem solve, connect to their body, and identify what they are feeling. They express themselves through their imagination and make connections to how their behaviors affect others. Play therapy will help your child express what is troubling them when they do not have the verbal language to express their thoughts and feelings, it will help your child learn more adaptive behaviors when there are emotional or social skills deficits, it can provide a corrective emotional experience necessary for your child’s healing, it may be used to promote cognitive development in your child, and it may assist your child in gaining insight about and resolution of inner conflicts or dysfunctional thinking.

Through play, they learn to share and resolve conflict, teaching them how to have meaningful relationships with others.IMG_5192-2I work with the parents of children aged 3 to 6 who are struggling with tantrums or inappropriate behavior. Therapy helps parents feel more empowered and learn new tools to parent their children. These skills will assist in strengthening your parent-child attachment, assist your child in learning self-regulation skills, assist you in managing your child’s disruptive behaviors, and assists your child in learning to focus, share, listen, and increase vocabulary.

With older children, I use techniques to cultivate a child’s mind-body connection. I work creatively, drawing upon your child’s natural interest in theater, music, sandtray, yoga, dance, art, and mindfulness to create activities that assist them in developing body-mind awareness. This allows them to process experiences and develop skills to engage in healthy relationships with others. If you feel that this way of working is a good fit for your child or family, please feel free to contact me for a free consultation.

“When I approach a child, he inspires in one of two sentiments-tenderness for what he is and respect for what he may become.” -Louis Pasteur

If you feel that this way of working is a good fit for your child or family, please feel free to contact me for a free consultation.

You can email allison@blossomingheartcounseling.com or by calling 503-880-7190.