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.