Children as young as 3 years old can gain relief and comfort from psychotherapy. Children communicate with the therapist through play. When working with children I use a model of therapy called “play therapy”. Typically in a play therapy session a child is able to demonstrate their feelings through the actions they take with the toys that are provided by the therapist. The toys I have in my office have been selected to lead children into a process that enables them to express their concerns through the play in a non-threatening and safe modality.
When working with children, I have the parent(s) (or other primary care givers) meet with me at the beginning of each session in order to hear their concerns and the issues that they would like me to address with their child. I follow up with the parent(s) (or other primary care givers) at the end of the session to discuss with them of my observations and assessment of the session and to get their input.