Pediatric Body Based Psychotherapy

You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than a year of conversation.  Plato

The premise of body based psychotherapy is that our thoughts, feelings and memories are housed in the brain and equally in the body. This is especially true for children who learn and explore their emotions best through their physical and sensory experiences. Together we will play and learn ways to build on the strengths of the child and family members to support developmental goals.

Child psychotherapy sessions typically include parents and/or caregivers helping to guide the play and integrating siblings or other peers who may be important in life of the child. Additional collateral parent/therapist sessions will also be included to process parent reactions and child experiences in sessions. By doing this, we promote relationship development and well-being for all family members.

Areas that may be addressed through pediatric psychotherapy include (but are not limited to)

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Behavioral challenges
  • Divorce/Separation
  • Eating challenges
  • History of and/or ongoing medical procedures
  • Trauma
  • Adoption
  • Grief, loss
  • Siblings of children with developmental/medical concerns or trauma
  • Stress reduction