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“The most important developmental
phase of our entire life is the time
between zero and three years.”

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That’s amazing news, considering that’s the time in our lives we don’t remember.  Research tells us an adult’s self-confidence and self-esteem is created during this very early stage of life.  Therefore, we want to make sure all kids get a great start!

Babies and young children thrive when they have caregivers that are “crazy about them!”  Good mental health is created through appropriate social and emotional connections with children. So what happens when young children begin exhibit less than favorable behaviors?  How do we know what’s going on with them on the inside when they can’t tell us verbally?

Parenting is tough business. As parents, we fear messing up the job in a big way! And, because communication with children can be difficult, play therapy is often used with children because they lack the verbal and cognitive skills to communicate their feelings and thoughts with appropriate words.

Children are extremely imaginative and creative, so play therapy lets them express themselves in a way that feels natural, safe, and comfortable. Some kids are comfortable speaking to a therapist from the beginning, while others open up after a few weeks of play. Even teens who think they are too old “to play” respond well to a combination of art therapy and traditional counseling.

Play Therapy

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Children express what they feel while playing because they don’t yet have the cognitive ability to “talk through” issues the way teens and adults do. Playing gives children a safe outlet to experience feelings and think thoughts which are difficult and hard to reach.

During playtime, children act out difficult feelings and thoughts in an order to develop a greater understanding of them. This doesn’t make sense for adults because we have the ability to problem-solve and rationally think through our issues, but children don’t process what bothers them the same way. In play therapy, we meet them where they’re comfortable and help them work through what is bothering them.

Benefits of Play Therapy

  • Children develop a trusting attachment to their therapist so they can process through what they feel and what’s bothering them. In turn, this will increase self-esteem, increase self-confidence, and helps develop more self-control.
  • Children learn new skills with the therapist, allowing them to practice healthier ways of interacting with peers and adults in real life.
  • Children develop greater empathy and understanding of others, helping creating more respect and kindness in their everyday lives.
  • Children learn better self-control when they realize they can freely express what they feel and what they need in productive ways.
  • Children and parents both learn to understand each other more, so that the adults can better support and help their child.

Teen Counseling & Coaching

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The teen years sees biological, social, and psychological changes – all at once! I Choose Change Counselors are non-judgmental taking into account the teen culture of mobile phones, iPods, popular music, movies, television programs, web sites, sports, video games, and clothing.

Common issues that adolescents bring to session:

  • Decision making skills
  • Divorce
  • Acceptance
  • Self image
  • Social skills
  • Grief and loss
  • Depression
  • School adjustment
  • Anger management
  • Attentional difficulties
  • Cultural adjustment
  • Family adjustment
  • Behavioral concerns
  • Learning disabilities
  • Coping with violence
  • Nervousness
  • Trauma
  • Abuse and neglect

Parent Involvement

We believe caregivers can be the best therapists for the children, so we want to make sure you’re involved with the treatment of your child.  While we engage in play with your child, develop rapport with him, and begin to understand her special language to let us know what’s going on, we’ll make sure to keep you involved in the process every step of the way.

As change begins to happen with your child, we’ll show you how to be your child’s best therapist – how to communicate differently, and help him express himself.

What To Expect

  • For your first appointment, meet with the therapist alone. This will allow time and space to understand you, your child, and your family dynamics before moving forward with therapy.
  • In subsequent sessions, expect your child to meet with the therapist one-on-one for 40-45 minutes, depending on the attention span of your child.
  • Your child’s therapist will meet with you one-on-one, without your child, every 3-4 sessions to update you on progress. Your child’s appointments are confidential, but your therapist will give you pointers and direction so you can help guide your child at home. We believe you are the best therapist for your child, and we teach you how.
  • You may request time with your child’s therapist at any time. Please know these sessions are billed as regular sessions whether they happen face-to-face or over the phone. We want to be your partner in helping your child.
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