Child Counseling Alexandria VA
We work with children and parents when a child is having trouble at home, school or socially.
We can also help when life doesn’t go as planned, such as when there is a divorce, death of a loved one, medical diagnosis, or other stressful circumstances needing support.
When children need help or play therapy, our approach is always to work collaboratively with you as parents. Before any therapy with children, we first talk with you the parents about the treatment plan. We may recommend:
- Parent consultation combined with child-focused play therapy or Congnitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) (more on Parent Counseling)
- Filial therapy where you the parent are taught to play therapeutically with your child,
- Family therapy which may include the whole family or sub-units (more on Family Therapy)
We will talk with you about your child’s emotional development, social skills, and family relationships so that you can be the best possible parents for your unique child. And after we talk about the changes you want to make, and the recommended therapy, we will all work together collaboratively.
One of our common goals is to help children deal with big feelings, and know how to soothe themselves.
Here are some of the ways we may work with your children to support changes that will help your child thrive:
Play Therapy, Sand Tray Therapy, Skill Building
Play therapy lets a child gradually face and understand his or her own inner world, at a pace the child sets.
Sometimes a child benefits especially well in the safe, comforting environment that is possible with Child Centered Play Therapy.
Play Therapy enables the child and therapist to work together when dealing with:
- emotions too difficult to talk about
Therapy can help your child and develop new solutions to problems and gain confidence.
Sand Tray Therapy
Sand tray therapy is a specialized form of play therapy where a child places items they choose into a tray of sand, building a small world, which we then look at together. Children work through many difficulties, such as loss of a parent, or sibling rivalry, using their responses to the world they’ve built. It’s a gentle, supportive way for children to develop emotional maturity, empathy, and self-understanding.