Child Therapy

At Village Parenting NYC we counsel children of all ages, from toddlers to teens. We focus on helping children who are experiencing behavioral or emotional difficulties at school or at home. In order to facilitate your child's development and growth, we work towards forming a collaborative team with parents and teachers. We offer an individualized integrative plan to meet the needs of your child and family. Our treatment approach may include play therapy, parent guidance, family sessions, and consultation with teachers.

We begin with an initial assessment which includes a consultation with parent(s) and play sessions with your child. During feedback sessions with parents, we determine the best strategies to address your child's problem.

Some common concerns include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depressed mood
  • Social isolation
  • Peer relationships
  • Low self-esteem
  • Difficulty with transitions
  • Meltdowns
  • Academic problems
  • Separation issues
  • Sleep problems
  • Adoption
  • Adjusting to life changes: starting school, birth of a sibling, parent's separation/divorce, illness, loss.

child playing with blocks
child at play with blocks

Play Therapy

Children naturally express themselves through play. They may not always have the language to express their thoughts, feelings, and struggles. We use play therapeutically to help children talk about whatever may be troubling them. We give them the tools and a safe environment to work on problems, find solutions and learn more effective coping skills. In addition to talking together, drawing, building, puppets, games, and make believe are important ways for a child to express feelings and resolve problems. Through play therapy we learn about the child's inner world. Along with the relief of symptoms, play therapy works toward the following goals: building self esteem; tolerating frustration; and improving social skills, communication and impulse control.