How can I get counseling for my pre-schooler?
Parents often struggle to find a therapist who provides individual therapy for their young child. But of course, as a parent, you know - 4, 5, and 6 year olds can absolutely experience huge stressors in their life. And you may wonder, are their big reactions age-appropriate, or is their behavior different than the typical child's?
Shouldn't they be able to sleep on their own?
Should they be having so many nightmares?
Aren't all of their friends potty trained at this point?
Am I doing something wrong as a parent?
There are so many questions...
That's why it's crucial to meet with a therapist who LOVES working with young kids, and understands typical child development.
Family or individual therapy?
Oftentimes, therapists who say they're open to meeting with your young child will only work with the family as a whole. They may spend most of the time asking you questions, or talking about your childhood - and it can leave you wondering if therapy is even helping.
In my office, I tailor my approach to each family, and I work to spend at least half of my session time one-on-one with your young child. We build comfort, anxiety, and anger management skills through a combination of relaxation skills building, story telling, restorative play therapy interventions, art therapy skills, and even singing (I knew I made a huge breakthrough with one of my shy, anxious kiddos when he felt comfortable enough to tell me, "Ms. Kelsey, your singing voice is... a little bad.")
Curious to hear more?
Before scheduling, we'll need to set up a free 15 minute phone consult, to make sure that I'm a good fit for you and your needs. I'm more than happy to talk through my approach and answer any questions you have. I want to make sure that we have the best plan in place - and if I'm not a good fit, I'll direct you to other referrals as well.