Mental Health & Well-Being
Children, unlike adults, are not able to verbally express themselves, in detail, until around the age of ten. Therefore, talk therapy is typically not the best way for a child to engage in therapy. Children verbalize their thoughts and emotions best through play. Having a therapist who is skilled in play therapy, work with your child, can support your child in verbalizing his/her thoughts, feelings, concerns, and needs in an avenue that is comfortable for him/her. An EMDR/play therapist can also support your child, if needed, in working through past trauma, by integrating EMDR benefits with non-directive play therapy.
Many families who bring their children in for therapy are also motivated to learn new parenting techniques to help their child succeed. More than likely your family is your child’s main support system. Therefore, your dedication and input in your child’s therapy is key. Whenever possible, your therapist will elicit your knowledge and involve you in your child’s therapy.