I offer developmentally responsive therapy for children ages 3 to 10 addressing a range of childhood issues related to trauma, loss, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), and high levels of stress, including anxiety, social problems, fearful behavior, depression, sleep difficulties, toileting concerns, tantrums, attention challenges, aggression, opposition, defiance, lying, stealing, sexual behavior, abuse or neglect, school related problems, family or peer conflict, parent/caregiver separation, traumatic experiences, attachment disruptions, adoption, changes in living situation, and more. Approaches we may use in individual therapy include play therapy, such as Child-Centered Play Therapy (CCPT), sand tray, and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). I work with parents and caregivers throughout the entire process, to ensure that you know what is happening in therapy in addition to collaborating about ways that you can further support your child.
ABOUT APPROACHES WE MAY USE:
CHILD-CENTERED PLAY THERAPY is a developmentally responsive, play-based mental health intervention for young children ages 3 to 10 who are experiencing social, emotional, behavioral and relational disorders. Child-Centered Play Therapy utilizes play, the natural language of children, and therapeutic relationship to provide a safe, consistent therapeutic environment in which a child can experience full acceptance, empathy, and understanding from the counselor and process inner experiences and feelings through play and symbols. Kait has extensive training in play therapy and is credentialed as a Registered Play Therapist and Child-Centered Play Therapist.
SAND TRAY THERAPY is a type of therapy that is a combination of play therapy and art therapy. Sand tray therapy is where the child and family use miniature items in a tray of sand to create a play world. This therapeutic modality is typically used in combination with other approaches.
COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY focuses on the relationship between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can provide techniques and tools to support you and your child in the short term. This modality is effective in helping children with anxiety, depression, and other mental health challenges. Kait is trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), which utilizes traditional Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques in treating children who have experienced trauma.