Maria Russell, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor
Salisbury, North Carolina 28146
Directive and non-directive play therapy are the two main ways I work with children in therapy. I use art, sand, toys and games to help children feel safe in the counseling environment. Children express themselves through play, using their imaginations to share with the therapist their thoughts and feelings. Working with young children also heavily involves the parents, teaching them new skills that help with behavior modification.
Blake Clemmons, MA, LPCA
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate
2124 Crown Centre Dr. Suite 400, Charlotte, NC 28, Charlotte, North Carolina 28227
For child therapy I highly recommend my colleague Stephanie Roofner,MA,LPCA. Stephanie is a Licensed Professional Counseling Associate specializing in helping children and teens overcome crises and difficult life transitions. She does this through interactive modalities including games, toys, arts and crafts, music, and storytelling. Stephanie applies these interactive techniques to working with families, adults, and couples to overcome relationship issues, self-estself-esteem and identity issues, anxiety, depression, addiction, and trauma. To learn more about Stephanie go to www.Agapechristiancounseling.org and click her staff page bio or call (704) 849-0144 or Stephanie.Roofner@ncagape.org
Clay Parker, LPC, NCC, M.S.
Licensed Professional Counselor
1630 Dale Earnhardt Blvd., Kannpolis, North Carolina 28083
I have worked extensively with children for over 19 years. I am proud to be a nationally certified Parents as Teachers educator that enhances my interactions with the child and parent. I have been fortunate to work with children who are aggressive, cast aside and misunderstood. I am certified to work with children with inappropriate sexual behaviors and proud to serve that population. I approach dealing with children with a great deal of joy that makes them feel non-judged and important. I treat children from ages 3-18.
Natalie Huston, MA, NCC, LPC
Licenced Professional Counselor
1126 Sam Newell Rd, Suite A, Matthews, North Carolina 28105
Children process their emotions through their work, which is play. They naturally express what is happening internally with specific resources provided for play therapy. With the Child-Centered Play Therapy model I use, children progress through natural and predictable stages of play and expression. Some take longer than others to complete the process, but you can expect 8-12 sessions for lesser issues, and other children, depending on the level of issues, can take up to 30 or so. A key part of growth and healing for the child is the family, which is why I also offer Filial Therapy to help parents with some ways they can support their child's growth at home.
Kimberly Leppert, MSW, LCSW, CSAT-C
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
1923 J N Pease Place Suite 104, Charlotte, North Carolina 28262
Children are unable to express complex ideas and emotions in the same manner as adults. They express their feelings through play. In therapy, they are encouraged, through play, to lead the sessions much in the same way an adult would lead their therapy session. Working with children requires the ability to understand children on their level. Too often, adults speak to them as if they were adults and interpret their conversations on an adult level. I have been working with children for 20 years and have experience in helping them cope with PTSD, trauma, abuse, grief, stress, anxieity and other issues.
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.
Carolina Castanos, Ph.D
Marriage and Family Therapist
3711-A West Market St, Greensboro, North Carolina 27403
Parenting is not an easy task and sometimes it becomes a burden when our little ones act out. Children do not act out randomly, there is something that bothers them and is hurting them. Children, as all of us, need to feel cared for and important in the lives of significant others. When they act out, they most likely do not get the best out of their caretakers, feeling unimportant and not cared for. It is crucial to help them express their feelings and help them relate with others in a more positive way. When I work with children I always involve parents and, if applicable, school to help create an environment that nurtures change and the child's strengths.
Endora Crawford, Ph.D.
2150 Park Drive, Charlotte, North Carolina 28204
Over the past 15 years, I have had success with helping children who have experienced social challenges and/or trauma overcome and live a iife free of anger and sadness. I have helped parents learn to manage their child's challenging behaviors to include: tantrums, aggression, disruptive behaviors, and anxiety; and feel empowered with the necessary skills to raise a healthy child.
Heather Hall, MSW, LCSW
4724 Park Rd, Suite A, Charlotte, North Carolina 28209
Although I work with persons of all ages, the heart of my practice is children ages 3-12. Imagine being angry, but when asked to describe how you're feeling, you could not use the word "angry." For children, toys are their words, and not giving them an opportunity to play out their feelings with toys is like taking away their words right before asking them to describe how they feel. Where adults use words, children use play to communicate and make sense of the world around them. As a result, I use a variety of play-based techniques to allow children to explore ways to handle challenges, transitions and feelings -- at their own developmental level & in their own language.
Juan Santos, M.S., CRC, LPC
3300 Battleground Avenue Suite 303, Greensboro, North Carolina 27410
When working with children my specialities are adoption, mood disorders (such as anxiety - depression - anger), and ADHD. I offer children and parents a safe, welcoming and "child" friendly environment. Your child more often then not is already feeling tense, unsure, and a bit nervous of the counseling setting. My first job will always be to relate with your child and work to help him/her feel entirely comfortable as - progress is entirely based upon your child's relationship with me. You may find that our sessions are on the floor around a board game rather then on the chair. Give me a call to book your first appointment - I also welcome you to simply call with questions to see if we are a good fit.