Kid's & Teen Therapy Available in Bellevue, WA

Therapy for Kids

A kid's therapy session in Bellevue, WA

We  believe kids need to a place to work out their difficulties. Parents  too, need support and an encouraging place to learn new methods and  skills to help their children and be empowered in newly found abilities.  We focus on creating an individualized plan with each family, making  sure to respectfully and fully involve parents in the counseling  process. We have counselors that can address the needs of individual  family members and the family unit as a whole.

Coping and Kids

Children and adolescents deal with their own unique stresses and  challenges at home, in school, and in their peer groups. They are  diligently working to find a balance between their own individuals needs  and desires and the needs of their parents, family members, teachers,  and peers. As young people learn to navigate stressful times  successfully they can benefit from the support and security offered  through a relationship with a safe and caring therapist.

Experiential & Play Therapy

Therapy involves a variety of techniques and methods used to help  children who are experiencing difficulties with thoughts, feelings, or  behaviors. Often children do not have the words they need to describe  their thoughts and feelings and, at these times, play therapy techniques  are extremely effective. In play therapy the therapist provides tools  such as art supplies, clay, sand-play, social stories, drawings,  visualizations, puppets, dolls and creative movement that children can  use to play out and express the feelings and experiences that they have  yet are unable to express with their words.

Therapy For Teens

As children get older, they often need help and guidance as they  negotiate their family and social systems. Adolescents and teenagers can  benefit from support and assurance as they find their own voice and  identity in their family. Having a confidential space to talk about  thoughts, feelings, and behaviors without judgment or fear of  repercussion is invaluable at this age group. Play therapy techniques  are just as effective with adolescents as they are with younger  children. Arts and crafts, drawing, collage, sand-play, storytelling,  poetry and music are all extremely effective ways for adolescents and  teens to express the thoughts and feelings that they hold so closely to  their hearts.

Family Participation

When working with children and adolescents, we invite (and require)  parents to participate in the therapeutic process. We know from  experience that children make greater therapeutic gains when strategies  that are developed in the therapy session are practiced at home. We have  found, through many years working with children, that the family system  is an essential “playground” to practice new skills and behaviors that  are being learned with the therapist. Although this may be uncomfortable  for some parents, it is very difficult to sustain those gains without  all family members being involved in the change process. We ask parents  to enroll in our small, six week parenting groups, where with other  parents they can share their experiences with other parents and learn  together how to support their children.

After 18

By law, adolescence stops at age 18. And although they may be of legal  age, our experience has shown that some adolescents are not as  emotionally mature as they’d like to think they are. In these cases some  young adults may still respond to therapy techniques designed to help  adolescents and even children. We recognize this as an opportunity, not a  defect, and in many cases find that a hybrid approach during therapy  can be successful.