Children's Counseling

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Successful counseling with children must consider both family dynamics and any potential developmental issues.  What might look like “bad behavior” may be the only way a child knows how to communicate his or her needs. During the counseling process, we work to create a safe place that enables children to develop an understanding of big emotions and learn new healthy behaviors.

John Gottman writes, in Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child, “When parents offer their children empathy and help them to cope with negative feelings like anger, sadness, and fear, parents build bridges of loyalty and affection.”

CHILDHOOD Issues We Treat Include:

  • Adoption Adjustment
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Depression
  • Disruptive Behavior
  • Grief & Loss
  • Obsessive Compulsive  
  • Physical Abuse
  • Self-esteem
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sexual Problems
  • Social Skills
  • Trauma

Play Therapy & Filial Therapy

One unique service provided at Summit Family Therapy is Play Therapy.  Play Therapy is different from a child’s everyday play activities.  Play Therapy is defined by the Association for Play Therapy (APT) as “the systematic use of a theoretical model to establish an interpersonal process wherein trained Play Therapists use the therapeutic powers of play to help clients prevent or resolve psychosocial difficulties and achieve optimal growth and development."  This video will explain further why this approach is so effective with children's issues.