We speak the language of children and teens.
Imagine going to a counselor that speaks an entirely different language. What if you lived in a different country or in a completely different culture? Unfortunately, many children and teens often feel this way in talk-therapy.
Play is a chid’s natural language. In Play Therapy, instead of relying on conversation (which can be difficult for children of all ages), they use games, toys, and art to process their behavior and emotions. They do so in guided therapy sessions that allow them to explore themselves and their experiences, when words and conversations fail them.
Struggling to get through to your child is a highly common parenting dilemma. Children and teens see the world differently than adults do. They face unique struggles and speak their own language. In short, children and adults’ reasoning abilities are vastly dissimilar.
As a result, many families enter into cyclical behaviors where parents attempt to reach their children through ineffective methods: Telling children how to act, a million times. Trying to effect change through suggestions, consequences and maybe even some good old-fashioned bribery.
Such outreach may reveal some improvement, but parents’ frustration and lost hope often remain, as well as their children’s frustration, anxiety, and lack of motivation. Despite parents’ “best” attempts to help, their children don’t listen. So, the cycle of feeling helpless continues — and remaining quiet to avoid a power struggle becomes an easy answer.
Fortunately, you, your child and your family don’t have to go through this cycle.
At LaunchPad Counseling, we’re passionate about helping families find emotional clarity and strength so they learn how to move beyond the storms. Through our support, children and teenagers have a safe environment for:
- Feeling free to be themselves
- Expressing themselves openly, and
- Resolving thoughts and feelings around their inner conflicts
By using play, games, and expressive arts, counseling becomes a safe place to explore, learn, and grow.