Playful Therapy Connections | Children, Teens & Parents | Individual & Groups
Creative Counseling for Children, Teens & Families

Individual Therapy | Children & Teens | 3 Years Old and Up

Individual Therapy

How do I decide if my child could benefit from one-on-one support?

 

Client concerns addressed

  • Anxiety / Excessive worrying

  • Depressed mood

  • Social skills deficits

  • Emotional dysregulation

  • Anger management

  • Behavioral challenges

  • Learning differences (including ADHD)

  • Limited coping skills

  • Family changes / Transitions (such as separations, moves, changes in schools)

  • Grief and Loss

  • Mood disorders

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders



what to expect

Once we decide to work together, we’ll schedule a parent(s)/caregiver(s) only Intake. The intake is our opportunity to better get to know one another, discuss relevant history, and begin to explore goals and treatment approaches.

Intakes are completed remotely, via telehealth services.

Thereafter, sessions are typically held on a weekly basis at a regular time.

The overall length of treatment will vary based on a number of factors, such as:

  • Child’s readiness to engage with the clinician

  • Length of time concerns have been present

  • Intensity of concerns/difficulties

  • Child’s ability to generalize skills to the world outside the playroom

  • Parent engagement and ongoing support

  • Support and involvement of other professionals (teachers, psychiatrists, OTs, PTs, SLPs, etc.)

We recommend that you feel comfortable committing to at least 12 sessions, though a course of treatment is often longer for children.



caregiver involvement

If your child disappears behind a door and re-emerges 45 minutes later and you have no idea what happened - how can you help? You really can’t!

Your clinician is with your child once a week. As a caregiver, the rest of the time is yours! Children need your support in order to generalize the new skills they’re learning in therapy.

Caregivers should expect regular communication with their child’s clinician and you should be encouraged to ask questions.

Methods of involvement we use often include:

  • Brief written summaries of the session

  • Worksheets

  • Emails

  • Participation in part or all of a session

  • Resources (links to online articles, book suggestions or referrals)

  • Parent/Caregiver-only sessions