Children and Adolescent Therapy
Is your child struggling with anxiety without any know cause?
Is your young person more sensitive then others and struggling with confidence?
Does your child have gifts that don't seem to fit into traditional systems?
Is your family struggling from a big life change such as divorce or a death in the a family?
Synergetic Play Therapy
Synergetic Play Therapy model of play therapy based on nervous system regulation, interpersonal neurobiology, physics, attachment, mindfulness, and therapist authenticity. The focus is on being in relationship with the child, not doing something to the child. Through the play itself, the Synergetic Play Therapist supports the child in changing his perceptions of the perceived challenging events and thoughts in his/her life, as well as getting in touch with his or her authentic self.
In SPT, the child’s symptoms are understood as symptoms of a dys-regulated nervous system as a result of:
1) The perceived challenges and thoughts he or she has regarding the events in his or her life.
2) He or she has lost attachment with him or herself and is attempting to be someone they are not instead of being who they truly are.
The result of Synergetic Play Therapy is that the child heals from the inside out and from the lowest part of the brain up.
Clinical Hypnotherapy for Children
Hypnotherapy is a method for accessing and changing buried memories, fears or habits that interfere with the full expression of the child’s true nature. The bonus of using Hypnotherapy is that with Hypnotherapy, many issues can be resolved in a handful of sessions. Often one meeting is all it takes to resolve a child’s problem.
Hypnotherapy is a naturally-occurring state, easily observed in children when they stop playing and stare off into space. Teens and adults experience Hypnotherapy while watching a movie, listening to music, daydreaming, or driving “on automatic pilot” while thinking about something else. The feeling is generally of relaxation coupled with intent focus and receptiveness.
Hypnotherapy is a holistic approach and address Mind, Body, Spirit, Emotional, Social aspects:
Spirit: It can help with post-traumatic stress; creativity; boundary issues; adoption issues.
Body: It can help stuttering; sports; bleeding and pain including menstrual cramps; asthma; skin problems; enuresis; headaches; pre and post-surgery; comfort during terminal illness.
Mind: It can help issues like, “I hate arithmetic” and other beliefs about oneself which block learning, growth and healthy self-esteem.
Emotions: It can help with difficulty accepting a new sibling, or a divorce; death of a pet, friend or family member; trauma of a car accident, fire or assault; fears and phobias, which are numerous in some children.
Social: It can help with friendship skills; setting healthy boundaries with bullies and with friends.
Sand tray therapy allows a person to construct his or her own microcosm using miniature toys and colored sand. The scene created acts as a reflection of the person’s own life and allows him or her the opportunity to resolve conflicts, remove obstacles, and gain acceptance of self.
This non-verbal approach involves the use of miniatures. People in therapy are encouraged to use miniature toys, figurines, and objects in the sand in ways they choose while the therapist observes and later analyzes the person’s interaction. The person in therapy can add water to the sand and place the miniatures in the sand tray in any order. The design of the sand tray is guided by their imagination and their subconscious. The result is a microcosm of their inner world. The world within the sand tray is expressed through symbolism and metaphor, and may not even make immediate sense to the person creating it. But aided by the therapist, a person in therapy—even a child—can begin to recognize the relationship between the creation in the sand and their own inner world.
EMDR for Children and Adolescents
EMDR is effective and well supported by research evidence for treating children with symptoms accompanying posttraumatic stress (PTSD), attachment issues, dissociation, and self-regulation. It has also been effective in treating symptoms related to guilt, anger, depression, and anxiety, and can be used to boost emotional resources such as confidence and self-esteem.
With EMDR, children and teens improve in their overall functioning after being treated with EMDR, sometimes after only a few sessions. These children experienced PTSD symptoms as a result of bullying, psychological abuse, sexual abuse, and invasive medical procedures. Since our emotional states are a result of how we perceive the world, a child may have stress related to a memory that, to anyone else, would not seem to be a “big deal.” Integrating EMDR with play and art therapy provides a safe and comfortable way for children and youth to process some of their difficult emotions and maladaptive patterns providing effective and long term change.