Gestalt Therapy with Children and Teens
Preschool through young adult
The work I do with children and adolescents is based on the premise that children inherently know what they need for their own healing and growth. Younger people tend not to be able to verbalize what they feel or need, yet when given art work such as sand tray scenes, drawing, clay, role playing, puppets, etc. they express themselves, and create meaning from their work. This develops a sense of self-mastery, which allows for feelings of strength and improved self-esteem, while reducing the need to prove oneself, to hide and “act small” or to “act out.”
Family therapy supports a deeper connection among family members, including parents and children, brothers and sisters, and other significant relationships. This is especially important when experiencing stressful circumstances such as illness, addictions, conflicts, divorce, depression, death, remarriage, and child and teen behavior problems.