Children growing into adolescence experience several transitions in their lives – leaving childhood behind, physical development, social growth, hormonal changes, shifting from concrete thinking to abstract reasoning, moral development, and spiritual/values exploration.   As parents we feel challenged when our child has difficulty at home or at school.  I use both talk and activity therapy in working with pre-teens and adolescents dependent on their needs.  Some kids are comfortable talking about their feelings and thoughts while others may need more direction.  Activity therapy helps kids relax in a casual but purposeful atmosphere.  Some examples of activity therapy include art therapy, sand tray, guided topical discussion activities, and games.  Pre-teen and teen clients appreciate having another adult to confide in and I meet monthly with parents to discuss your child’s progress in therapy and address concerns.

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