Laura has been a yoga practitioner for 15 years. She opened her first yoga studio in 2003, outgrew the space and moved in to a larger space, until eventually that thing called life came crashing in again. In 2010 she had to close her space but remained heart and soul a yogi with so much to share!
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All good parents strive to protect their children from unnecessary harm. That’s excluding life’s teachable moments, lessons learned, and the occasional parenting flop. (There’s no such thing as a “perfect” parent. And, we’re hoping that comes as a source of relief to you—and not an incentive to up the ante!)
But sometimes, despite our best efforts and intentions, little people still confront BIG issues. It can be difficult to imagine a child grappling with the weighty issues that devastate or stump adults; but children can wrestle with problems beyond their years.
The unfortunate difference is that our kiddos often lack the emotional regulatory skills in order to cope successfully. So, accordingly, our little people “act out”, developing destructive compensatory behaviors; or radiating a false appearance of “toughness”. Regrettably, when children go through the motions of resilience—without actually healing—more serious problems can emerge down the road, particularly in that dicey transition from adolescence to adulthood.
Since discerning whether or not your child actually needs therapy can be tricky, here are some failsafe guidelines, aka: Is your child experiencing… ???
However, as a general rule of thumb: When it comes to kids and therapy, you can never play it “too safe”!
To help your little squirt (ages 2-9) adapt to the BIG issues, our team of child counseling experts recommends the use of play therapy! By using the principles of structured, therapeutic play, we encourage your child to let down their emotional fortress and discuss the “heavy” issues in a developmentally appropriate (and fun!) context. Plus added bonus here: we sneak in exercises to help your child learn advanced skills for emotional/attentional regulation AND prosocial (or “compassionate”) behaviors. Pretty cool, eh?