Therapy for Children
Does Your Child:
- Worry too much?
- Appear sad all the time?
- Have frequent tantrums or angry outbursts?
- Struggle with emotional reactivity?
- Seem gifted?
- Display high sensitivity?
- Have trouble listening or paying attention?
- Fight with you or have behavioral problems?
- Get bullied, or bully other children?
If you answered yes to any of these, we offer hope.
We Offer Hope and Understanding
With intensive training in child and family mental health, and with a specialty in childhood and developmental disorders, we are skilled at working with very young children, and severely mentally ill children and teens, as well as their parents and families.
Counseling for Gifted Children
Gifted, highly sensitive, and/or 2e children may particularly benefit from specialized counseling support because they are often misunderstood or misdiagnosed. In addition, research shows that more gifted individuals may develop anxiety or depression symptoms than the typical population. At TheraThrive, we understand the particular traits and intensities common to gifted and/or highly sensitive children, and we are here to help!
Kids can learn to identify and manage their emotions, reactivity or attitude. Children do develop new ways to focus or pay better attention at school or at home—and the benefits to these changes are life-long. Children and teens are usually naturally intuitive and pick up on what is going on around them, including discord in the home or elsewhere. Children who are in a transition or who are challenged in ways beyond their ability to cope can easily become stressed, depressed, overwhelmed, or frustrated.
Many gifted children are verbally gifted like Andrew in this video, however the type of emotional tools and support they will most likely benefit from will correspond to their emotional development, not just their intellectual development.
We specialize in parenting support and treatment of childhood and developmental disorders, such as:
- Depression, including existential depression
- High sensitivity
- Gifted and asynchronous development
- Sensory processing disorder/dysfunction
- Behavioral issues
We Offer Experience
Our clinical director, Dr. Grace Malonai, has been providing therapy services to children and their families since 1998, has conducted Research on the gifted population, has presented at national and international conferences on issues pertaining to giftedness, and has taught college and graduate level courses in human development and family relationships since 2003. Each therapist at TheraThrive has been trained in gifted matters, and offers particular strengths to the team. Call us for a free phone consultation—we would love to hear from you!
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How Child Therapy Works
Role of Parents (or Guardians)
Although we work with your child individually, parents are encouraged and expected to participate in the therapy work, in order to maximize the benefits of counseling and so that your child can practice and utilize skills at home. Depending upon your child’s needs and development, parent participant might be via:
- Brief check-ins
- Monthly family meetings
- Parent consultation meetings
Play therapy is as diverse as it is fun. It is an important part of our practice, and can be essential when working with children. It can involve games, toys, puppets, cars, costumes, crafts, or even physical movement (such as sword play, dance or catching lizards). Play therapy is a way to help clients, especially children, achieve optimal mental health. Even gifted children (and adults) who have strong verbal skills can benefit from play therapy, which provides an alternative means to process emotions, challenges, and what is going on in their lives. Play therapy has been shown to improve social, emotional, behavioral and other mental health issues. Not just for children, we also have therapeutic games and crafts geared specifically for teens and adults. Play therapy can help clients resolve conflict, solve challenges, and learn positive preventative coping skills. For further information, please view this short video, which explains how play therapy works.