How do I get started?
The first step is an initial, parents only, fiftyminute consultation. We'll discuss the biggest needs facing your child and your family, as well as your child's developmental history, strengths, school history, and family stressors. I will make recommendations based on the needs of your family and the needs of your child. Click here to schedule a parent consultation.
How long does therapy take?
My approach to therapy includes:
- Initial Parents Only Consultation (described above)
- Three Child Play Therapy Sessions to get a better sense of your child and the issues
- Follow Up Parent Consultation to discuss the best approach for your child's specific needs
- Play Therapy Sessions on a weekly basis, for a time period that meets the needs of the child and the particular issue.
How will I be involved as the parent?
You can bring questions and feedback to me on a weekly basis, by filling out a parent report form. I also meet with parents after every 3-4 play therapy sessions to update you on your child's progress, review goals, and offer ideas for how you can continue to work with your child at home.
How do I tell my child about therapy?
You can tell your child: "Because things haven't been going so well at home (or school), we thought you might like to have some special play therapy time with a child therapist named Athena. She has a lot of different toys that you can play with. Athena will never make you do anything you don't want to do, and you will be able to choose when you want to say something. Your play times with Athena will usually happen at the same time each week. Sometimes Athena will have to talk to your parents about how you are doing."
Can I attend therapy with my child?
In most cases you will not be in the room during your child's therapy. However, you will need to remain in the waiting area during your child's session.
What should I do after my child's therapy session?
Give your child permission to tell you as little or as much as they would like about their sessions. Some sessions may be emotionally difficult for your child and there could be an increase in difficult behaviors before or after a session. This is normal, but if it concerns you please let me know.
What is play therapy?
Adults can sit on a couch and talk -kids can't.
Play therapy works to:
- support children with behavioral issues
- help children going through big changes, such as divorce or loss.
Play therapists use a variety of toys and games to help children learn to cope, identify their emotions, and express their needs.