My family focused approach to treatment views the child/adolescent/adult as part of a family system. Family-Play Therapy combines family therapy, individual play and sand therapy along with parent feedback sessions. Play Therapy is the language children use to communicate. Play Therapy is effective for resolving behavior problems at home and school, anxiety, depression, ADHD, trauma, loss and adjustment to family stressors and life transitions. Through play therapy, the child or adolescent is able to express themselves, learn adaptive skills, gain self-control and mastery, increase self esteem and heal from trauma and loss.
EMDR and Trauma Art Narrative Therapy integrate cognitive and sensory components of trauma to heal the whole person. Sandtray therapy is a specialized modality often used in conjunction with play therapy, which uses sand and selected “miniatures,” objects which serve as the tools for communication and a means to enact out problems leading to development of problem-solving and adaptive skills. Sandtray Therapy like play therapy is also a sensory modality and can resolve trauma at the deeper sensory level.
I utilize a comprehensive developmental and life history to identify and resolve underlying "root" causes of problems for long-term healing. I recognize that problems or behaviors exhibited by one child or individual often impact other members of the family and when family dynamics may play a role in their continuation.
I look forward to discussing the possibility of how I might help you or your family and offer free initial phone consultation. Feel free to call or email me with any questions or to further discuss my treatment approach.