Which type of therapy is the best fit for my family?

With every child, we start by getting to know them from their perspective, since they are the expert on their world.  Research tells us that relationships are the agents of change, so we first start by building therapeutic relationships where children feel safe and secure to open up about their inner wishes, wants, and needs.  Each child is motivated differently, so our first effort is put toward recognizing how your child interacts in the world and the goal of their behaviors.  

A child might seek attention because they feel that they belong when they are being noticed.  A child might seek power because they feel that they belong when they are in control or when they are proving no one can control them. A child might seek revenge because they feel that they belong by hurting others as they feel hurt. A child might display inadequacy in tasks because they feel that they only belong when they convince others not to expect anything from them. 

Once we’ve established a secure therapeutic relationship, we’ll meet as adults to talk about initial observations and share techniques that will be effective to work on goals both at home and in session.  We’ll then decide our next step, possibly more individual sessions to continue working on our goals, further assessments, parent coaching, school consultations, or family play therapy. 

Family play therapy is a great way to look at the mutual influences of family members of each other, and understand the therapeutic concern in the context of the system where it emerges.  Family play therapy helps create positive feelings between family members, helps secure attachments, enhances relationships, and open lines of communication that have previously been fractured. 

While we may not use all of these treatment options for every child, this is a holistic view of all the treatments we may try with your child based on their needs.

Play Therapy

The use of play and other non-verbal techniques as a means of enhancing a child’s confidence, trust and ability to communicate. See more on our “What is Play Therapy?” page.

Therapy with Expressive Arts

The use of art media (paint, clay, collage, etc.) to assist in expressing & resolving their conflicts. Also helps promote self expression and build confidence.


The use of children’s literature to normalize a child’s experiences, reduce a sense of isolation and teach alternative strategies to solving problems. 

Sandtray Therapy

The use of a sand tray and miniature figurines to express relationships, resolve conflicts and traumas by externalizing and developing a sense of mastery. 

Additional treatment options and therapy that include a child’s stakeholders

Family Play Therapy

Working as a supporting unit to learn about each other, communicate, resolve conflict, and build relationships. 

Parent Coaching

Adults-only sessions to problem solve current concerns at home, learn basic play therapy skills, and improve your relationship with your child. 

School Consultation

Meeting with school professionals to disclose concerns and provide tools to better help your child function throughout the day. Can include classroom observations, parent/teacher conferences, 504 & IEP meetings.

Group Therapy - Coming Soon!

CPRT is a 10-session program that trains parents to be therapeutic agents with their own children in a supervisory and supportive atmosphere; includes didactic instruction, demonstration play sessions & required at-home play sessions.

We know… it’s a lot of information.
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