Brian Kennedy, LPC-S
Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist
Sometimes children and teens are faced with unexpected challenges that leave them feeling sad, worried, or angry. Parents often consider taking their child to therapy when these feelings lead to changes in behaviors at home and school.
Children express themselves through play; this is why I offer play therapy. My office has a unique therapy playroom with toys, games, and art supplies used as tools for self-expression. It is through this type of therapy that children learn to work through problems, enhance social skills, and learn new ways to cope with big emotions.
Regardless of the amount of love and support that a parent provides, parenting children with behavioral problems can still present challenges. Changes in behaviors may be a sign of a deeper issue such as depression, anxiety, or social conflicts. Additionally, some adolescents may struggle as they develop their sexual identity and may need additional support to talk about their feelings. Therapy can be an effective way to cope with these challenges.
Jungian Sandplay Therapy
Jungian Sandplay Therapy is a non-directive form of therapy where clients choose miniature figures representing real life and imagination to create a small world in a sand tray. This process is usually done in silence and can be ideal for clients who find it difficult to verbalize their thoughts and feelings. The therapist provides a "free and protected space" for the client without making comments, passing judgement, or interpreting their tray. Sandplay is a powerful therapeutic tool for clients of all ages to begin a process of healing.