Children with anxiety are often clingy and worry excessively. They get nervous about not finishing homework or the possibility of a negative consequence (impending doom). Anxious children also struggle with sleep, nightmares, and irregular eating habits. Fortunately, children can learn to manage anxiety! Play Therapy can help children use mindfulness and breathing techniques that allow their bodies to calm down. They can play out their fears and gain mastery over their emotions. Children can share their fears through art, play, and other expressive counseling techniques — and become secure, happy, and anxiety-free!
You may think of sadness and frequent crying when wondering if your child is depressed. But, children often express feelings of depression with other behaviors. Sad or depressed children display higher levels of frustration and anger — and an attempt to regain control, through defiance or aggressiveness can mask their depression. In Play Therapy, children can practice mastery over their emotions and rehearse what happiness, excitement, and being at peace can feel like.
During a divorce, children are often worried to express their thoughts because they don’t want to hurt their parent’s feelings. Guilt is also a natural feeling for children of divorced parents. The separation exposes them to realities that are different from the safe and predictable environment they may be used to. As a result, mixed feelings are common, and they almost always lead to behavior issues in children. Play Therapy can help children process their thoughts in a safe environment. Along the way, LaunchPad’s child counselors work closely with parents to provide clear and practical feedback on how to help their child cope at home.
Children with ADHD struggle with poor decision-making, difficulties managing their emotions, anger outbursts, and much more. Completing tasks that require focus and attention are a constant struggle — and children are often on the go, making sitting down and relaxing nearly impossible. Being a child with ADHD is not easy. But fortunately, counseling can help! Play Therapy uses dynamic activities that teach children to stop and think before acting, develop focusing abilities, follow directions, and manage their emotions.
When children have difficulty regulating their emotions, they often act out, such as becoming angry and defiant, frustrating easily, and struggling to follow directions. Long-term behavior problems in children can also make staying calm and level-headed difficult for parents. Play Therapy can help children with behavior problems learn how to manage their emotions. Dynamic activities help them develop better frustration tolerance, while a combination of counseling and parent coaching can help the entire family regain control — and be peaceful once again.
Attachment can affect children in very different ways. Some children detach emotionally from their parents and guardians, don’t seek proximity with them or appear too independent. On the other hand, separation anxiety and extreme clinginess also point to attachment difficulties. Certain Play Therapy activities are especially designed to provide children with experiences that facilitate healthy attachment. Our LaunchPad counselors can lead you and your child in fun family therapy activities that foster close relationships. In fact, most parents are blown away by the interactions that Play Therapy facilitates.