Child and Adolescent Therapy
We believe children’s behaviors serve a purpose and are best understood as a means of communication. Our goal is to understand the underlying struggles contributing to emotional and behavioral difficulties at home and/or school and to help children find more adaptive ways of getting their needs met.
There are a multitude of reasons why a child or teen may benefit from entering therapy:
- Adjustment to Life Circumstances
- Difficulty Managing Anger
- Friendship Difficulties
- Attachment Trauma
- Self Injury
- Separation Anxiety
- Family Struggles
- Medical Trauma
- Complicated Grief and Loss
- Explosive Behaviors
How Therapy Can Help
Each child’s experience is unique and special. The foundation of successful therapeutic work with children is a genuine and compassionate relationship with their therapist. From there, our therapeutic approach is developed to directly address the specific needs of your child. We partner with each child’s support system to ensure a collaborative approach.
Adolescence is a particularly challenging time to navigate in a young person’s life. A combination of internal and external pressures can converge, creating many challenges. Therapy can serve as a judgement-free space for adolescents to be heard, understood and challenged. The goals of the client and the family are addressed in the work to promote successful outcomes and lasting benefits.
“In play therapy, toys are like the child’s words and play is the child’s language.” – Dr. Garry Landreth
Play is a child’s natural means of communication. Play therapy is a dynamic interpersonal relationship between a child and a therapist trained in play therapy practice. In the context of a safe relationship, a play therapist sets the stage for children to fully express and explore their sense of self (feelings, thoughts, experiences, and behaviors) through play, towards optimal growth, development and healing. Play allows us access to the inner world of children.
Play Therapy promotes:
- Internal exploration
- Growth and development
- Processing of traumatic events
- Creative and resourceful problem solving
- Self-control and self-direction
- Self-respect and Self-acceptance
- Recognition of feelings, and appropriate ways to express emotions
- Ability to make choices and take responsibility for choices
Our therapists are committed to building a genuine and sincere connection with kiddos of all ages. We value the power of play and expressive therapies as a means of allowing children to externalize and process their internal worlds and experiences. Our team of Registered Play Therapy Supervisors and Therapists brings experience and expertise to their work with children and adolescents.
To schedule an appointment with one of our therapists or for more information about our services, please complete the form here or give us a call on our main line at 703.963.4261. We will respond to your call or email within 24 hours, or on the next business day.