If you have great daily communication with your child, good for you, because that is certainly one of the most important things you can do to reduce the chance of your child making bad decisions and creating significant problems for themselves. If you have an adolescent, you know that keeping the communication lines open becomes more challenging during that period. Knowing how to maintain good communication so they will come to you about important issues in their life is a skill, which we will discuss further in a blog post, so stay tuned. Communication with young children has its own challenges due to the fact that the Executive Center of the child’s brain is still underdeveloped. Often they don’t even know what they feel much less why they feel that way.
If effective communication with your child or adolescent is difficult in the best of times, you can imagine how much more difficult it is when they are struggling with school learning issues, peer issues, or traumas of some sort. It takes extensive training and experience to know how to diagnose and treat these young people because of the many complexities involved. For the adolescent, just getting them to trust and open up is a skill unto itself. With children and some adolescents, a talking approach does not work and the more indirect method of Experiential and Play Therapy is effective. Also, under her piece on Counseling, Maggie Karp goes over some of the reasons why talking to family or friends is often not enough.
Under Holistic Services, Flora Torra, School Psychologist, discusses Experiential, Play, and Sandplay Therapies. You can scroll down the home page or click on the button below.
Under Holistic Services, Maggie Karp, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, discusses Adolescent Therapy. You can scroll down the home page or click on the button below.
When a young person is struggling, getting them component help is one of the best investments that can be made in their future. Give us a call to see if we can help.