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Young People
Kids age 5 and above

Adolescents usually prefer more talk-oriented and Somatic Experiencing work

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In my work with children (and adolescents), the focus is on their inner feelings and how they see and experience their environment. Once they gain more self-knowledge and self-insight, they can heal and grow to manage themselves and their environment better.

I enjoy sand play therapy and creative expressive arts therapy, as well as attachment-based work with young kids and their parents (Theraplay).
However, the choice of therapy is done in consultation with the client and based on an integrative approach (i.e. combining or applying different modalities).

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What is Sandplay?

Sandplay is “hands on” psychological work, and is adjunct to talk therapy. Through play, using the natural elements such as sand and water, as well as miniatures, individuals of all ages and from diverse backgrounds can express their inner psychological needs and explore their resources.
 

A basic premise of Sandplay is that the psyche possesses a natural tendency to heal itself, given the proper conditions.
 

Similar to our physical wounds that heal under beneficial conditions, the psyche has an instinctual wisdom that emerges when able to operate naturally.
 

With sufficient time and understanding, a sandplay experience can lead the client into layers of experience that are pre-verbal and long forgotten to the conscious mind. Through the tangible emergence of personal and archetypal symbols in the tray in a safe environment, the client moves toward a sense of balance and wholeness. It is a powerful therapeutic method that facilitates the psyche’s natural capacity for healing.

In playtherapy the focus is on self-esteem, trust in others, and joyful engagement.

We create an active, emotional connection, resulting in a changed view of the self as worthy and lovable and of relationships as positive and rewarding.

The therapist guides the parent and/or child through playful, fun games, developmentally challenging activities, and tender, nurturing activities.

The very act of engaging with one another in this way helps the child to regulate their behavior as trust, joy, and safety are communicated to the child. It helps the child feel secure, cared for, connected and worthy.

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