Children need to learn skills to help them cope with life's stresses,
to support emotional control, and skills that encourage positive personal
relationships. If given these skills early, children will grow
Many times, children are not able to communicate
verbally about the things that are bothering them. Since children
differently than adults, children can benefit from Play Therapy
a special kind of therapy designed to meet their developmental needs.
Play therapy is particularly appropriate for children 3-12 years old because
play is a natural form of communication and learning for children. The
parts of the brain involved in play are directly linked to emotions, and
play can often be used effectively to encourage behavioral change and to
teach new skills.
Adolescents commonly experience disappointment and discouragement.
Often by challenging their parents and by expanding interpersonal
relationships with peers, adolescents are working to develop their own
identity. Navigating the teen years
can be complicated
by the teen's still-developing capacity to share
his or her emotional
As a professional who has personally experienced
parenting teens, I have learned to engage teens by supporting them, problem
solving with them, and providing objective feedback as they
establish personal roles and values. Teens will often accept feedback from a
respected professional when they will not accept feedback from their