Your child is having problems. But they don’t tell you anything. They look unhappy, sad and angry at times and you’re really concerned. You try to talk to your child, but they end up arguing with you or they go silent. It’s hard to know what to do.
But you know something’s really bothering them. You know they’re not themselves and you worry it might be getting worse.
Talking to someone is uncharted territory. Maybe you don’t know where to start or what to say. But you know one thing, you can’t keep trying to help them alone. You really need someone who knows how to work with children who are really having a hard time. As a parent, it can often feel frightening to take a step towards uncharted territory. We get that. And we’re here to help you.
My name is Steven Madden and I help children and teens who are struggling with difficult issues like depression and anxiety. Using techniques from Art and Play Therapy I help children and teenagers get a better understanding of what’s really bothering them. Then we look at what they need to do to get better. With guidance, support and encouragement we work on making the changes your child needs, helping them get back to being playful, curious, and happy.
Art and Play Therapies
One of the first ways that children communicate is through art and play. Not having the vocabulary or complex ideas that adults have, kids express their thoughts and feelings through pictures or images, and through playing and acting out situations. Children use play and art to express how they feel and think—making Art and Play Therapy one of the most effective treatments for your child.
Art and Play Therapy is not only effective for young children; your teenage daughter or son is dealing with many issues, from self-identity and fitting in, to becoming an adult. Big, big changes and big, big pressures. Talking about the problems they are facing can feel really scary to talk about or even understand. And while your teenager can at times express what they think and feel, sometimes they just don’t really understand what’s going on in themselves. Adolescents can look grown-up, but emotionally they are still growing and have a way to go. They can be as confused as you are about what they’re thinking or feeling. That’s why Art and Play Therapy for Adolescents is effective. The approach is nonthreatening and it helps your teenager feel safe to share problems and express concerns they are dealing with without feeling judged.
What Therapy Looks Like for YOU and Your Child
During the first session, it’s important to get an understanding of what are the key concerns. If the child is younger, the first session might be with just the parents or the parents and child. If the child is a teenager the first meeting may be with the parents and your teenager or just your daughter or son. In some cases, it may include the whole family for the initial session.
Steven will ask the problem you are dealing with and how long it has been a problem. He will also gather information about your child’s development. Art and Play Therapy is the treatment of choice for working with young people as it is one of the best ways to help your child to share their thoughts, fears, worries, and problems. To understand your child, it is important to understand what your family is like and how your child is doing within the family. Even with individual child therapy sessions, it is still important to meet with parents on a regular basis, allowing you to better understand your child and understand what they need and how to help them.