COUNSELING FOR CHILDREN

At IFC we believe working with children is a collaborative process. We are honored to join you on your journey toward a happier, calmer family; and we believe it is crucial to involve parents along every step of the way. Most often, parents participate in all therapy sessions. Occasionally, we may do some therapy sessions with just your child. This decision will be made with your input and with much thought and consideration. We have found that younger children benefit the most if their parents are actively involved in treatment. Before we meet your child, we will complete an extensive parents-only session to focus on your child’s current challenges, their developmental history, and explain what you can expect during the therapeutic process.

We use a variety of techniques to help children feel safe, comfortable, and able to express themselves. Depending on the needs of your child our work may involve:

    • Theraplay
    • Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
    • Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP)
    • Play Therapy
    • Social Skills Training and Problem Solving
    • Therapeutic Games and Books
    • Art Therapy
    • Anger Management
    • Solution Focused and Brief Treatment
    • Crisis intervention
    • Advocacy, consultation and collaboration with schools, other professionals and agencies
    • Parent coaching and behavior solutions
    • Classroom management training and coordination with teachers

Many of our young clients are experiencing difficulty with:

    • Anxiety, OCD, and panic disorders
    • Family transitions: divorce, adoption, new baby, etc.
    • Behavior Problems and Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
    • Grief and loss
    • School problems
    • ADHD, ADD, Impulse Control
    • Childhood Depression