Services for Children, Teens & Families

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You helped me through my confusion & tears with the college process and seriously … I don’t know where I’d be without you! Thank you so much for being there when no one was, helping me, and being more than an art mentor … but a great and sincere friend.

– A.M.,Teen

Creative Arts Therapy can provide children with an easier way to express themselves since they are more inherently creative and may not yet have the words.  Art-making can help children and families cope with stress as well as a variety of emotional, behavioral, and attention  issues.  Through traditional and computer art & play — I engage young clients and tap into this natural mode of communication and expression.  Children will identify and build on their existing strengths and interests while learning new skills to deal with their current stressors, significant life changes, or long-standing social difficulties.

Some Reasons to Consider Therapy for Your Child:

  • Changes in behavior, mood, sleep, appetite, or academic functioning.
  • School stress, test anxiety, bullying, or peer pressure.
  • Increase in risk-taking or self-destructive behaviors.
  • Problems maintaining friendships or interacting socially with peers.
  • Difficulty adjusting to life events, such as a relocation, divorce, re-marriage, death of a loved one or pet, or major illness.
  • Witnessing or experiencing a traumatic event, including abuse, car accident, or urban violence.

Our First Sessions:

The “Getting to Know You” or “Intake” process typically involves one session with one or both parents (without the child present), and one session with the child. Once the child starts therapy, parental participation is encouraged, either in sessions where parents meet separately with the therapist, or in joint sessions where parent and child work together with the therapist.  Younger children tend to benefit more when their parent can participate in their sessions with them, while teens and pre-teens prefer a little more privacy from their adult caregivers.  On average, weekly sessions for your child are recommended along with a minimum of one session per month with the parent or caregiver. The duration of the course of therapy is individual and depends on the issues that are being addressed.