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Working with children

   Both Samantha and Kate have experience working with children, but it is Samantha who has special interest in this population. Samantha specializes in working with children ages 2 and up. Most common issues that parents bring their children to therapy with are behavioral challenges, including aggression, frequent tantrums, difficulty with authority and following guidance, sibling conflicts, sleep disturbance, depression, suicidal thoughts and self-harming behaviors. Often these symptoms are stemming from previous abuse and/or neglect and it is important to explore and address them early on before the problem gets worse as the child continues to grow.


Samantha often employ a range of creative and play-based techniques, recognizing that children may not always possess the verbal skills to express their emotions effectively. Play therapy, art therapy, storytelling and body-focused activities are valuable tools that allow children to communicate and process their feelings in a safe and non-threatening environment. Building trust is fundamental; Samantha will establish a warm and supportive environment to create a space where children feel comfortable sharing their thoughts and emotions.

  Additionally, involving parents or caregivers in the therapeutic process is essential for understanding the family's context and promoting consistency between the therapeutic environment and the child's daily life. Samantha will work closely with caregivers to foster secure attachment and build a collaborative support system that extends beyond the therapy sessions.

  Children are resilient, their brain has an amazing capacity to adapt and heal, and in safe welcoming environment, with guidance and support, they will be able to explore themselves and their story, express their emotions and learn self-regulation skills.  Ultimately, therapy with kids aims not only to address specific challenges or behavioral issues but also to foster resilience, emotional intelligence, and a sense of self-worth that can contribute to positive long-term mental health outcomes.

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