Counseling for Children
Has your child been through something really tough? They may have become withdrawn, anxious, complaining of tummy aches, nightmares, or other physical problems. I specialize in working with kids who are experiencing grief. Grief can occur from any change in life not just death (illness, a move, changes in the family, etc.). Your child can find a sense of caring connection here while processing their experience in a way that can help them move forward in life.
What to Expect
Free Phone Consultation - First, we'll see if we're a good fit. During the phone consultation we will discuss your child's needs and your concerns. You'll also have time to hear how I work and how I'd address your child's needs.
Intake Session - During the intake session I will meet with one or both parents without your child present. We'll talk through the details of your child's symptoms, family history, previous counseling experience, medical issues and other stressors in your child's life and cover necessary paperwork.
Counseling Sessions - Each counseling session is 45-50 minutes long and usually includes creative methods to address your child's concerns, such as modeling clay, games, puppets and imaginary scenarios. These are typically individual sessions for your child. Most children take 10-30 sessions before the problem they are managing starts to resolve.
Parent Sessions - Every fourth session will be a parent-only session to check in on the direction of therapy, provide support and hear how things are going on your end. Depending on the goals for your child, family play sessions may be scheduled to encourage the positive momentum at home.
Closure - Kids need time to wrap up their counseling relationship and say goodbye. Once it becomes apparent that the treatment goals have been accomplished, we'll schedule 2-3 more sessions to review and wrap up.
Typical Growth Areas:
Somatic Complaints (constant headaches or stomach aches)
What is Play Therapy?
Insurance Taken: Health Partners, Cigna, Preferred One and some Aetna plans
"When words fail, play speaks."