For children, creative, constructive and expressive play is a way to communicate and a helpful strategy to assist in understanding their social, mental and emotional development.
Parents usually contact us for help when they feel like they’ve read all the books and tried all the suggestions on the parenting blogs. Or your child’s school or pediatrician might suggest counseling to support your child and family.
Some of the things we help children with every day are:
The Wise Family team utilizes imaginative play-based strategies including games, art projects, sand tray exploration and more to understand and develop children’s emotional control, along with helping them build self-confidence and improve interactions with their peers.
Being a teen is challenging for many reasons! Trying to figure out where they fit in, what their life is all about and who to keep in it and who to kick out.
For preteens and teens, adolescence is the first time many individuals feel an increase in responsibilities and changing relationships with peers and family members. Teens often feel the need to separate from their parents to form their own identities.
Sometimes it is hard to sort out the typical teen behaviors from ones that are more troubling, and need to be explored.
We offer a safe environment for teenagers to openly share what might be going on in their lives and their feelings and thoughts. We also partner with families to help balance your teen’s need to be independent with your own ideas about how to best parent. Therapy is an opportunity for teens and parents to feel supported in a non-judgemental setting.
Some of the things we help teens with every day are:
Group therapy is an opportunity for children and/or teens to hear from peers who are likely experiencing the same issues or struggling with the same problems as they are. Groups include one or two therapists working with a group of 4-8 individuals on specific skills or to process challenging situations.
The only way to know for sure is to come in for a session. Most people have a good sense of whether our practice is the right fit to help them within the first two sessions. We invite you to explore our website to gain a good sense of our practice philosophies and services. We also invite you to visit us on social media and our Wise Words blog.
“Dr. Amy knows how to relate to children and make them feel comfortable. My son was shy in the beginning but Amy asked him a couple of questions about what he likes and immediately found a connection with him. He happily followed her into the office (just after a 3 min of conversation) and performed the test. He wasn’t nervous or scared and it’s because of her ability to relate to kids.
We had a great experience and he wants to go back! Thank you very much!”— Dad of 5-year-old assessment client
“We read through your website from start to finish and were so impressed by your extensive credentials and training but, the real reason why we want to work with you is your clear enthusiasm for children and families and the wisdom and deep love you share for both!”— Mom of 12-year-old child with special needs
“Our clinician has been a tremendous help with family issues and getting our children organized for success in life. Highly recommend her.”— Mom of three young adults ages 20 – 24