PLAY THERAPY FOR CHILDREN:
Ages 3-12 in a fully equipped play room. (Puppets, sand-trays, paint, clay, art, doll house, dress-up, therapeutic games.)
Play is the child’s natural form of communication. During their play, children reveal unconscious fears, worries, thoughts and wishes. The toys are the child’s words.
As trained a play therapist, Angie is able to read the meaning of the child’s play, and as patterns or themes emerge, share their thoughts with parents. A plan is then developed to work toward a healing process both at home and in the play therapy room.
CO-PARENTING STRATEGIES FOR DIVORCED COUPLES:
Each parent is seen individually. Material covered during sessions is structured, with supportive discussion, handouts and video vignettes to cover effective strategies addressing significant issues faced by divorced couples co-parenting their children. In addition, each session allows time for individual therapy. We guarantee confidentiality, yet make sure that both partners have been exposed to the same basic concepts, thereby providing couples complementary and effective tools for keeping the children out of the friction.
You know best what is hurting and what needs fixing. We are deeply attuned listeners. We hear what you can’t quite say, understanding and clarifying the meaning and feeling of what you reveal; then together make some choices and plan to make changes happen.
When any one person in a family hurts, everyone is hurting. Family therapy is provided at the office, with everyone who lives in the household invited to attend. By building a positive relationship with the entire family, we direct new and different ways for the family members to relate to one another.
CBT-Trauma Informed Therapy:
TF-CBT is a conjoint child and parent psychotherapy approach for children and adolescents who are experiencing significant emotional and behavioral difficulties related to traumatic life events. TF-CBT has proven to be effective in addressing posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, externalizing behaviors, sexualized behaviors, feelings of shame, and mistrust. The parental component increases the positive effects for children by reducing parents' own levels of depression and emotional distress about their children's abuse and improving parenting practices and support of their child.
Trauma Exposed Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP):
Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) is an evidence- and relationship-based intervention for young children who have been exposed to trauma and their families. Traumatic events can negatively affect young children’s social-emotional development, including affect regulation, attachment relationships, and cognitive abilities. CPP uses the parent-child relationship to promote optimal development for children. CPP interventions rely on behaviors, affects, and interactions that families bring to therapy sessions, allowing those interventions to be incorporated into family routines. The primary role of the CPP therapist is to act as the conduit between the parent and child, supporting the parent’s rightful place as the child’s guide through development and healing from traumatic events.
Attachment and Bonding Therapy:
Attachment and bonding is child's first relationship is a love relationship that will have profound long-lasting effects on an child's subsequent development. Closeness to the attachment figure provides protection and a psychological sense of security and trust. Responsive engagement should lay a good foundation for being able to form other secure relationships, to seek support when needed, and to draw strengths from the support which is given. Post partum depression or children that are seperated from their parents through foster care or an alternate caregiver for extended periods of time that affect that have the potential to affect the parent child relationship. The parent and child will learn to develop instincts to provide safety, build trust and be responsive to the child's emotional well being. A caregiver who is reliably available and responsive to a baby's needs forms the basis for secure attachment, for competence in exploring the environment and forming other relationships, and for developing self-esteem.
Guiding and supporting parents to develop routines and schedules for all ages of children from the time a child wakes up until they go to bed. Assisting parents to eliminate power struggles, balktalking, sibling rivalary, tantums and whining. Parents will develop strategies and skills to help with the family dynamics and parent child relationship.
Child Care and Preschool Classroom Observations and Support:
We faciliate and help your child build friendship, problem solving skills and build social emotional competence in the classroom so children can make and maintain friendships, resolve conflict without hitting and tantrums, and follow classroom rules and expectations. Tools are provided to the children to help them create preventative solutions to enable your child to be in a classroom without conflict and distress to both the child and the teacher.
Consultations and Trainining for Early Childhood Educators:
Strategies for early childhood educators to support and build social emotional competence in the classroom for ages 0-6. Techniques to decrease challenging behavior in the classroom for toddlers and preschooolers.
Consultations and Training for Mental Health Professionals:
Training and support for mental health professionals that provide therapy to children directly to Early Head Start, Head Start, Pre K and childcare facilites. Strategies to work with teachers and parents with infants, toddlers and preschoolers.
Parent Child Interaction Techinques
Positive Reinforcement Strategies
Implementing appropriate consequences
Anger Management for Young Children
Managing Toddler Temper Tantrums
Responding and Relating to Your Infant to Build Brain Development
Night Terrors and Nightmares in Toddlers and What Does it Mean
Implementing Routines, Schedules and Daily Rituals to Have a Happy Baby
Divorce, Seperation and Supporting your Child Through the Process
SPECIAL WORKSHOPS AND SEMINARS are held from time to time on topics relevant to parents. Watch for dates and times.