Angela Christian, MA, LPC-Intern
Animal Assisted and Play Therapy
Sarafin Family Therapy, PLLC, Houston, TX
Children are not miniature adults. So why would anyone expect them to respond to the same type of therapy as adults? The fact is, that children do not communicate their needs, fears, and anxieties verbally as adults are able to do. They do not possess the vocabulary to sit down and talk about what is bothering them. That is why we use play therapy. Play is the universal language of children. It is how they learn about themselves and others, how to navigate their world, and how to develop mastery and control when so much is out of their hands. It only makes sense to utilize what comes naturally to children as the preferred method of helping.
Rochelle Bridges, MA, LMFT, CWDF
1414 S Friendswood Dr, Friendswood, TX
Young children are not capable of processing information in the way that adults are because the pre-frontal cortex of the brain is not fully developed until late adolescence or early adulthood. This means that they are often unable to express what is troubling them effectively. Using play and art therapy, children learn effective coping skills, how to express what is troubling them when they are unable to articulate it; how to increase self-esteem that enhances their social relationships.
Kevin Fleming Ph.D.
Many times, child therapists overdo the family system in their quest to seek effective solutions for emotional, learning or behavioral concerns with young children. And many times doctors overpathologize issues that shouldn’t be medicated necessarily. This leaves parents wondering what is the best route for their child? Introducing brainwave optimization technology. A fast, effective, natural, and less expensive way to allow your child's brain to make the optimizing changes it desires to make---on its own! Without any external force, opinion, medication, diagnostic, etc. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 877-606-6161.
Beverly Walsh, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist, Equine Assisted Psychotherapist
14034 Hooper Rd, Houston, TX
Sometimes people perceive children to be just "little adults". The truth is that in working with children, it is important to be able to recognize where they are developmentally; socially, intellectually, physically, emotionally. In working with children and teens, I strive to match them where they are developmentally, as well as speak their language - the language of play and movement. With the help of the herd of horses with whom I partner, along with the other animals at Red Dun Ranch, rapport is quickly established. By providing an emotionally safe and physically appealing location, children and teens develop the skills to grow, learn, and develop "stable relationships".
Irena Milentijevic, Psy.D.
7900 Fannin, Suite 4400, Houston, TX
If you are having problems with your pre-school child you might feel lost and not sure where to turn.Parenting a pre-school child can be challenging. There may be times when you feel at your wits end. If your child is experiencing problems, as a parent-child counselor I can help you feel more confident as a parent, strengthen your bond with your child and help you manage your child’s behavior. Over the past 20 years as a therapist and psychologist, I have worked with hundreds of parents helping them create healthy relationships with their children so their children can thrive. As a parent, when you feel competent and confident you are able to handle even the most difficult situations wit....
David S. Wachtel, Ph. D.
5252 Westchester St., Suite 105, Houston, TX
My work with child includes parent involvement. I help them understand what their child is feeling, struggling with, and how they are expressing it through their behavior, since they do not have yet have the words to express what they're experiencing. While the child needs a safe place to express him/herself, parents also need guidance and direction in understanding the uniqueness of their child, and effective ways to respond to them. I also work with children going through major changes, such as a new sibling, re-marriages and blending families, adoptions,parents going back to work or changing schedules or jobs, moves, and high conflict divorce and custody disputes.
Trey and Rebecca Harrison, LPC, CT
Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Traumatologist
5555 Morningside Dr, Suite 207F, Houston, TX
Trey and Rebecca Harrison have over 7 years experience working with young children. They utilize play therapy techniques, art therapy techniques, and incorporate family therapy when working with young children. Specifically, Trey and Rebecca work with young children dealing with divorce, anxiety, anger, school-related issues, sexual trauma, depression, and grief/loss.
Joan Lipuscek, MS, LMFTA
Child and Family Therapist
2990 Richmond Ave #209, Houston, TX
As a family therapist, I find it helpful to engage the entire family in the session. This may include parents, step-parents or grandparents that are acting as primary caretakers. During the session, all family members are encouraged to participate. I engage children who lack verbal skills through games and play. This reduces anxiety for the child and promotes a therapeutic connection. Using play as a means of getting parents and children to express their feelings can supplement talk therapy and may accelerate the progress toward client driven goals.
Victor Wiesner, PhD, LPC, NCC, CCMHC
Licensed Professional Counselor
1964 West Gray, Suite 213, Houston, TX
I work with children ages 6 and above. Empowerment is crucial in all therapy and what better time to learn self-empowerment than while still young. My doctoral dissertation involved Redecision Therapy. In this model the child ego state is where most therapeutic treatment is done. Children are not just small adults. Children can be both fragile and resilient. For children under the age of 6, I recommend play therapy, however I do not practice this mode of counseling. I teach the diagnosing of children in a graduate course I have taught about 8 semesters. Diagnoses is just a starting point however. Labels can be self-fulfilling and while important are wrought with dangers. Conservative wisdom.
Eddins Counseling Group, M.Ed., LPC-S, CGP
Licensed Professional Counselor
1501 Crocker Street, Suite #2, Houston, TX
With adolescents, negative self-talk may start to form or it may have already started at a very young age. Growing up is difficult. There are so many changes that adolescents go through that it can be tough to navigate through life. The negative messages can come from multiple sources – home, school, peers and the media. We often fail to realize that it can create rivalry and a deterioration of self-worth. When distress is experienced at a young age, it can impact our abilities to bounce back from a challenging situation. When we meet I will ensure a safe, trusting and non-judgmental environment where we can work together to build and achieve your personal goals. I work with individuals, couples and adolescents and employ a variety of evidence-based and...(view profile to read more)