Ilene English, LMFT
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
Within Driving Distance of Santa Rosa, CA
The most important factor in counseling children is building a sense of connection. Healing comes out of the relationship between therapist and child. Helping children and adolescents who are experiencing difficulties with their emotions or behavior is rewarding work because children want to find a way to feel better about themselves. Playing, drawing, building, and pretending, as well as talking, are important ways of sharing feelings and resolving problems. Sandtray is a wonderful tool to get a picture of what is going on for the young child without them having to articulate it. Validating a child without reservation, and listening with respect are key ingredients to success with kids.