Jonathan Gerard, DMin
208 Sunset Dr, Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27516
Many therapists specialize in working with young children--using play therapy, for example, and I admire the work that they do. But my own approach is to hypothesize that when a child is not doing well, the problem likely resides with the parents. Thus I coach the parents to be firm and consistent. But I also coach them to work together, if they can--since child problems, seen in the context of divorcing parents, for example, might actually be a solution in that the problem is the only thing that brings the parents together as they seek to deal with the child. So resolving the parents' issues often is the key. The child cannot be made (however unintentionally) responsible for family unity.
Tammy Holcomb, LPCS, CEDS, NBCCH
Licensed Professional Counselor
5001 S Miami Blvd. Ste 325, Durham, North Carolina 27703
Sadly, I am seeing younger and younger children coming into therapy with eating disorders. I work with a family based model to help families learn the skills required to intervene to help children begin road to recovery. Frequently, exposure therapy is a big piece of this work where families work with me to learn ways to re-introduce foods back into the child's meal plan.
Marina Ervin, MS, LPC, NCC, BCPCC
Licensed Professional Counselor/National Certified Counselor
502-N East Cornwallis Drive Ste. B, Greensboro, North Carolina 27405
I work with children as young as two or three years of age if they are verbal. In addition, I work with the family system to make the changes needed to help them work as a family unit or team. Play therapy is the avenue that allows children to express themselves or to work through situations or issues that are creating stress for the child. Hands-on activities, therapeutic games, exercises, puppets, roleplays, sandtray, and bilbliotherapy are some of the strategies I use to help the child find healing, to help them learn to make good choices, and to be effective problem-solvers and leaders.
Tina Lepage, Psy.D.
Group Psychology & Psychiatry Practice Serving the Triangle for Over 15 Years
LEPAGE ASSOCIATES PSYCHOLOGICAL & PSYCHIATRIC SERVICES, 5842 Fayetteville Road, Suite 106, Durham, North Carolina 27713
Therapy with a young child is often a multi-tiered approach. Part of the process focuses on fostering a sense of comfort, support, and understanding for the child who may be feeling frustrated, unsuccessful, anxious, or depressed about life circumstances. Therapy also incorporates strategies for aiding the child to make behavioral changes in areas where he or she is currently struggling. Finally, therapy brings parents into the process by helping them gain a comprehensive understanding of what drives their child, and how they can then direct their child in more adaptive ways which allot for more successful life experiences. Similar to adults, children enter therapy for a broad array of reasons. W....