Based on my clinical experience, children come to therapy due to sibling rivalry, problems in school ( poor grades), lack of social skills & communication skills with friends and family members, not getting along with peers, getting into fights, having nightmares, suicidal thoughts, self harm injuries/gestures, physical outburst, not following directions, not being able to focus on tests/classroom, or adjustment issues such as (moving, death, or divorce and separation).
Children communicate through their behaviors such as kicking, hitting, throwing things, using profanity, fighting, crying, having headaches, vomiting, not eating or eating more, sleeping a lot, withdrawing from friends and family, isolation, among others. Every behavior is a communication.
In therapy with children I use a combination of "art" and "play" techniques to help your child to manage their moods, , reduce negative behavior while encouraging positive behaviors. As your child therapist, I will work closely with you to teach you the parenting skills/interventions needed to interact with their children in positive and caring way. In therapy with children, the participation of parents is highly recommended and essential. Parents will be invited to sessions where they can practice communication skills with their children, practice empathy, practice problem solving, or simply share their concerns.
In working with children, I do consult with teachers, school counselors, school psychologist, and other providers. When necessary I attend IEP meetings, assist parents with completing Regional Center referrals and psychiatrist referrals.
To discuss your child concerns and behaviors or to find support, feel free to call me at 818-497-7725.
Games are great ways to practice social skills behaviors such as taking turns, building tolerance/patience, sharing, and practice problem solving.
Art interventions (coloring, making collages, drawing self portraits, painting family pictures) are another way to process trauma. Art is another way for kids to communicate their feelings and thoughts (please be advised that I am not an art therapist however I use art tools in my work with children).