Child Psychotherapy (ages 0 - 12)
"I'm grumpy all the time lately, I'm tired of struggling with everything I do."
"My worries are getting worse, I hardly go to playdates anymore."
"My son has started refusing to go to school."
Welcome! So glad you're committed to your child's well-being! Dr. Hartman always says "Every child benefits from therapy, some kids need it". So, let's get your child the benefits... and see what he/she needs.
Child Psychotherapists require specialized training and experience. For instance, ages 6 and 16 years old will vary significantly in development phase, communication and comprehension abilities. Therapy tends to take between 12 - 50 sessions, sometimes more, sometimes less... sometimes involves the parent in the child's session, sometimes child alone with Practioner and parent(s) in separate consultation.
MRC Clinicians use a combination of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques, Psychoeducation, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness and Relationship techniques to help kids achieve the wellness they are seeking. These techniques have been shown in lots of research and clinical history to really work. And, everything is tailored for their age and stage of development, their particular needs as well as in line with each family 's culture and values.
Depending on the child's age and stage of development, our Clinicians use play and/or arts/crafts to (a) increase and maintain their engagement in the Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and/or (b) to evaluate their social-emotional leanring skills. Sometimes the play will involve the Clinician setting up a CBT exercise in a fun way and other times the Clinician and child will play 'traditionally', such as playing the board game Battleship or making jewelry together. Both methods have been shown to help kids focus in on their CBT and workign on their goals, but in a child-friendly and supportive way.
Contact us to discuss the possibility of therapy for your child.
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