How do you spell love? - Piglet
You don’t spell it you feel it. - Pooh.
Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne
Children are constantly making meaning of their world. A child’s world may become confusing or scary when significant life events such as trauma, grief or loss, illness of child or parent, parental divorce, abuse or transitions occur. At times, adults try to help children cope by not addressing the significant life events in fear of further exacerbating an already difficult situation. While done with the best of intention, children benefit greatly from having space to make meaning and learn how to label, express and process their emotions in relation to the above mentioned stressors. By learning how to use their words instead of actions (acting out, aggression, cutting, biting) or inaction (depression, withdrawal, selective mutism, anxiety), children will be better equipped to regulate their emotions, communicate, modify behavior, as well as identify and learn ways to relate with others.
As the parent or caregiver you are your child's best champion and expert. If you notice a shift in mood, behavior, emotional/social functioning or academic decline it may be indicative of your child’s need for extra support. I utilize an integrated approach to child therapy and tailor treatment based upon the child’s and family’s need. Within a play therapy framework, I incorporate knowledge from different domains (attachment, developmental, neuroscience, trauma informed) to best serve you and your child.
I know how incredibly difficult it can be to take the first step in reaching out for help, especially for your child. Witnessing your child in pain, sadness or acting out can be incredibly trying for parents or caregivers. Therapy can be the support necessary to help you and your child.
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