One of the ways that I usually work with children is through using Play Therapy.
What is Play Therapy?
A child's natural way of learning and expressing themselves is through play. While an adult might use 'talk therapy' to help them cope with difficulties, this method doesn't really work well for most children. This is because their cognitive abilities and verbal skills are still developing. Rather than focusing on talking, play therapy supports children's healing through creative and experiential means.
During a session, Elena and your child will work together in the playroom equipped with therapeutic toys that encourage imagination. Through creative play, your child can express and explore his or her feelings, make sense of life experiences, and develop new ways of coping with stress. Elena uses the sand tray, puppets, art, role play, clay, and a variety of other methods as part of the therapy experience. Each child is different in which modality they prefer.
Play Therapy offers children an experience of acceptance, non-judgement, encouragement and freedom. It supports a child's ability to work with their experiences through play, helping them grow towards healing, health and resilience.