TEEN & CHILD COUNSELING
TEEN & CHILD COUNSELING IN DENVER, CO
At Creative Counseling Center we offer teen & child counseling—including play therapy—for children as young as age 2. Play therapy is the modality that is best suited for children. We use a non-directive approach that allows the child to be in charge of their play.
WHAT IS PLAY THERAPY?
Play therapy refers to a variety of treatment methods, all of which make use of one or more of the natural benefits of play. It is a special therapeutic approach for working with children, adolescents, their families and/or care providers.
Play is the natural medium of children. Usually, children have not developed the cognitive or verbal skills that adults use to discuss feelings, emotions, and experiences in therapy. A safe and structured playroom environment is established where children are encouraged to play in ways that reveal concerns, problems, and issues they are struggling with.
A qualified play therapist is able to guide the play of children in ways that are therapeutic and healing. Parents, family members or care providers are often included in the play. This allows the play therapist to observe and interpret the full range of systemic/relational dynamics that are important to the child or adolescent. The play therapist is then able to enter into the intrapsychic and systemic reality of the child resulting in appropriate suggestions and interventions.
Play therapy & child counseling allows:
Children to communicate ideas, thoughts, fantasies, feelings and experience through play.
Children can rehearse and master skills and other techniques through play
A process of energy enhancement i.e. “doing” versus “talking”
Children to recreate and resolve events, such as trauma, divorce, abuse or death of a parent or family member
A window for adults, including parents, caregivers, and foster parents, into a child’s world.
A less threatening approach to talk therapy
Children work though various problems in play
Children to express themselves as a metaphor for conflicts, emotions, and situations experienced.
Children to develop self-control, self-responsibility, and appropriate self-esteem
LENGTH OF THERAPY
Each child processes information differently. The length of therapy depends on several factors of the child’s experiences. The child’s developmental stage and the age of the child at the onset of the issue are taken into consideration. Often times, the more recent the issue, the shorter the therapy.
Parents are encouraged to be a part of the play therapy process by meeting with the therapist on a regular basis. Involvement provides parents with practical strategies for managing problematic behaviors at home. When appropriate, parents may be asked to participate in the play process and be asked to do activities outside the session.
Adolescence is such a unique time in a person’s life. It can be a very confusing time, complicated by life’s experiences. Many times teens and adolescents are brought to counseling at their parent’s suggestion. There are even times when the parents point to the teen as the “problem.” We understand this, and meet the adolescent wherever they are in their process.
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To go deeper and understand your “hurt,” we encourage seeking professional help through anger management counseling. Please contact us at 303.843.6000 or click the arrows below to request a free phone consultation.
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