I view the therapy room as a safe and confidential place where a preteen or adolescent can work out their unique experiences and receive empathy, support, and holistic growth through techniques such as play therapy, art therapy, and use of sand tray.
Play is the language of youth. As a result, play and/or expressive arts therapy are the treatment approaches that encourage preteens to process and work through their fears, worries and conflicts.
For Teens, I often start with where they are at, the issues they face and current struggles. If they have experienced trauma or negative events, EMDR is also offered to teens as well.
Would you like to know more how therapy works for a preteen or adolescent? Read this article for a helpful guide.
From time to time, Family Therapy may be suggested to address relationship dynamics in order to best provide comprehensive support.
*Minors and Confidentiality: Communications between therapists and patients who are minors are confidential. However, parents/guardians who provide authorization for their child’s treatment are involved in their treatment. Consequently, professional judgment will be used to discuss treatment progress with a parent or caretaker.
All information that I receive during the counseling process will be held in strict confidence unless:
a. the client authorizes release of information with a signature
b. the therapist is ordered by a court to release information
c. a client presents a physical danger to self or others
d. child or elder abuse or neglect is suspected
In the latter two cases, I am required by law to inform potential victims and legal authorities so that protective measures can be taken.