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Young children ages 3-10 typically do best with non-directive, child-centered play therapy. What does this mean? It means the child takes the lead in sessions and lets me know how he or she is feeling and what is going on in her world without me asking questions. A child who feels comfortable and supported in a counseling session will “say” what needs to be said- in the form of play. Issues that are typically seen for this age of client:

  • New sibling or older sibling leaving home
  • Move to a new home
  • Change in school
  • Other change in family dynamics- separation, divorce, remarriage
  • Death of pet or loved one
  • Self-esteem problems
  • Being bullied
  • Being a perpetrator of bullying
  • Behavioral issues at school

Tweens age 10-13 often do best with a combination of non-directive and directive techniques in therapy. We may play games, do artistic activities together, or chat in a way that feels comfortable to him or her. Issues that are typically seen for this age client:

  • New sibling or older sibling leaving home
  • Move to a new home
  • Change in school (going to middle school!)
  • Other change in family dynamics- separation, divorce, remarriage
  • Death of pet or loved one
  • Self-esteem problems
  • Being bullied
  • Being a perpetrator of bullying
  • Behavioral issues at school
  • Adjusting to puberty and social changes with peers
  • Learning how to handle social media
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