Athena Staik, Ph.D., LMFT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
12866 Harbor Drive, Woodbridge, Virginia 22192
Quality parent-child relationships are ones that are mutually enriching and promote the emotional, mental growth of children and parents alike. Parents often need skills to gain the cooperation and mutual respect of their children, to be more effecting correcting problem behaviors. They need to know how to create an environment for emotionally safe, positive and open communications -- which builds healthy relationships. Therapy can support parents to set firm limits yet avoid punitive tactics, resolving conflicts in ways that empower children to cooperate and parents to transform conflict into growth and trust, and motive children to willingly contribute and maximize potential.
Kristin Rosenthal, MA, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor
1707 Belle View Blvd C-1, Alexandria, Virginia 22307
Helping young children takes building a collaborative relationship with the parents, and offering parental guidance. We assess the developmental tasks and needs of that child, and sometimes suggest child-centered play therapy or play therapy. We also offer Sand-tray therapy, which allows children to show us their inner worlds in images and motion. EMDR can be helpful with building inner resources and over-coming traumatic experiences, such as medical procedures. Rather than a one-size-fits-all approach, we look at children’s problems in the context of their whole lives. Sometimes helping parents learn to play with and understand the meaning of their children’s actions is the magic.
Claire Lewis, M.A.
Resident in Counseling
5352 Twin Hickory Rd., Glen Allen, Virginia 23059
Young children experience the world in ways that are vastly different from adults, which also means that they process loss, stress, and trauma differently from the ways you and I might do so. Young children also live in a world that is vastly different from the one most adults lived in as children. Counseling children well takes both of these truths into account. Your child will benefit from a counselor with a natural inclination to understand and enjoy kids and who can also appreciate their unique physical, mental, and emotional developmental needs. I place a high priority on play therapy and parental collaboration, two integral pieces to effective therapeutic work with children