Therapy for Children
We offer our secure teleplay online therapy via secure video conference calls (telehealth or telemental health). We are finding teleplay therapy to work exceptionally well, probably because children adapt quickly to online interaction.
Children and COVID-19
Are you struggling with managing your child’s intensities or energy at home? Or, are you wondering how to support your intense, highly sensitive, and/or gifted child during COVID-19? COVID-19 has changed your daily life drastically, and its impact on your child (or children) may be even more challenging.
Since COVID-19, your child is probably not attending school physically, and might be transitioning to getting more comfortable with remote learning. Your child may feel isolated and alone due to a decrease in interactions with friends and family.
Is your child acting -out with negative behaviors, and deep down you know that the real struggle is with sadness and fear? We understand children and know how to support them and their needs.
Maybe your child is saying that it’s okay, or everything is fine, when you can tell that they are scared to let others know how they really feel. Perhaps your child wants everyone to think that they are good and a strong kid who can handle this all.
It’s okay for children to struggle right now, as long as they are being supported and modeled how to take care of themselves and their feelings–this is when we come in. We are here to help parents and children manage this time and all they may be going through.
Online Therapy is a way that we can help. Children adapt quickly to online interaction and respond really well to online therapy video conferencing.
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
Teleplay online play therapy
Online play therapy (sometimes called teleplay) is pretty much the same as play therapy that occurs in the office, except that it is done online via secure video conferencing. Online play therapy utilizes play therapy techniques, art therapy, music therapy and other types of child oriented counseling tools. Research shows that the benefits to online therapy match the benefits of in-office therapy.
Play Therapy Supplies for Online Counseling Sessions
Some online play therapy may benefit from having certain supplies on hand, such as crayons, markers, paper, games, or other materials. Your child’s therapist will contact you before your child’s online counseling session if any supplies are needed. Your therapist may send you handouts, stories, or worksheets in PDF or JPG format, or possibly even deliver supplies to your home.
Role of Parents (or Guardians)
- Brief check-ins
- Monthly family meetings
- Parent consultation meetings