Children’s Counseling Services

(12 & under)

Services for children up to 12 years of age include counseling and collaboration with parents customized to meet your child’s specific emotional and behavioral needs.

Parents bring children to see me for a variety of reasons.  Some have endured abuse, a traumatic loss, a sick or injured parent, their own illness or injury, natural or man-made disaster, or some other life-changing event.  Other children are learning to cope with their parents’ divorce, remarriage, and/or blended family. Sometimes parents are concerned by a change in personality, troubling behaviors, or emotional outbursts.  Whatever the reason you are seeking help for your child, here are some details about how I work with children.

First we complete a parent interview.  In this interview we have a dedicated time and space for you to tell me your concerns about your child.  I will also ask about their development up to this point across a broad range of areas including health, education, family, and community.  Next, you will bring your child in to begin therapy with me.

If your child is under 12, I primarily utilize Play Therapy.  My office in Provo, Utah, has a cozy, dedicated play therapy space that I have thoughtfully designed with children’s counseling and healing in mind.  The younger your child, the more we will approach their situation with play.  The older your child, the more we will use a combination of play, talk, and other therapy techniques.  

Your child and I will meet weekly. I will meet with you regularly to learn what is happening with your child and family outside of the play therapy office.  Being a child’s therapist means working closely with parents as well, and teamwork is important!  

Please keep in mind that therapy is a process.  It is not a one-time fix. Children make the best and most progress when therapy is consistent and parents are engaged collaborators.  As is true no matter the age, we all make progress at our own pace. In some cases, 8-12 weeks of therapy is sufficient. In other cases, people need ongoing and continued support well beyond a few months.  If you have questions or concerns about this, we can dig deeper into this when we discuss therapy goals.