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1) Children and Adolescents Therapy

 

Warning Signs Your Child Needs Help

 

As a parent/legal guardian, you can play an essential role in helping your child by identifying his/her problems before they get worse. Here are warning signs that may indicate your child needs counseling. If you answered yes to several of these questions below, then you may find HopeSpring Child & Family Clinic’s psychotherapy services can be very beneficial.

 

Warning Signs Your Child Needs Help
• Delayed development
• Feeling fatigued
• Recent changes in sleeping and eating patterns
• Major weight loss or unexplained weight loss
• Eating too much  or major weight gain
• Low self-esteem
• Lacking interest in things once enjoyed
• Regression (baby talk, bed wetting, or thumb sucking)
• Frequent temper tantrums
• Excessive complaints about aches and pains
• Excessive fear and often worried
• Unexplained fears and anxiety
• Frequent nightmares or bad dreams
• Separation anxiety
• Excessive anger or aggressive behaviors
• Overreacting to things
• Poor concentration
• Inability to sit still or maintain attention
• Hyperactivity
• Persistent disobedience
• Poor Grades/ a sudden drop in grades
• School refusal
• Not completing school work/tasks
• Daydreaming
• Frequent fights or arguments with family members
• Frequent fights or arguments with peers
• Problems at school (disrespectful behaviors, class-cutting, and absenteeism)
• Serious depression (Listlessness, loneliness, withdrawal, or difficulty making friends)
• Feeling overwhelmed by life
• A need to wash, count, or perform certain rituals many times per day to avoid unsubstantiated danger
• Inappropriate sexual comments and/or behaviors

 

 

Problems Addressed for Children and Adolescents

 

Children and adolescents have many mental health issues as adults. They may also need professional therapy and support. HopeSpring Child & Family Clinic provides effective therapy for children with diverse problems as follow.

 

Problems Addressed for Children and Adolescents
• Anxiety
• Mood Disorders
• Depression
• Trauma (Child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, and school or/and community violence)
• Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
• Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
• Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
• School-related Problems (behavioral and academics)
• Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
• Attachment
• Low Self-Esteem
• Pervasive Developmental Disorder
• Poor Social Skills
• Grief and Loss
• Learning Problems
• Conflicts with Parents
• Conflicts with Peers
• Conflicts with Siblings
• Anger Management
• Adjustment and Transition issues (moving, medical procedures, serious accident, separation, divorce, deployment-related or a new sibling)

 

 

2) Individual or Family Therapy

 

Warning Signs You Need Help

 

As an individual with choices, you can play an important role in helping yourself and/or someone you care about by identifying problems before they get worse. Here are warning signs that may indicate you and/or someone you care about needs counseling. If you answered yes to several of these questions below then you may find HopeSpring’s psychotherapy services very beneficial.

 

 
Warning Signs You Need Help
• Feeling fatigued
• Recent changes in sleeping and eating patterns
• An unusual drop in functioning, especially at work (quitting sports or difficulty performing familiar tasks)
• Major weight loss or unexplained weight loss
• Eating too much  or major weight gain
• Low self-esteem
• Lacking interest in things once enjoyed
• Excessive complaints about aches and pains
• Excessive fear and often worried
• Unexplained fears and anxiety
• Heightened sensitivity to sights, sounds, smells, or touch
• Avoidance of over-stimulating situations
• Frequent nightmares or bad dreams
• Loss of initiative or desire to participate in any activity; Apathy
• Recent social withdrawal and loss of interest in others.
• Excessive anger
• Overreacting to things
• Poor concentration
• Inability to sit still or relax
• Problems with concentration, memory, or logical thought and speech that are hard to explain
• Daydreaming
• Frequent fights or arguments with family members
• Frequent fights or arguments with friends or/and co-workers
• Serious depression (Listlessness, loneliness, withdrawal, or difficulty making friends)
• Feeling overwhelmed by life
• A need to wash, count, or perform certain rituals many times per day to avoid unsubstantiated danger

 

 

  

Problems Addressed for Individual or Family Therapy

 

If you think you or someone you know may have stress, it is important to understand that stress can cause many challenges and problems. Early intervention may prevent the development of mental health issues. The reduction of the effects of mental health illnesses is possible with professional support and help. HopeSpring Child & Family Clinic is available for you and/or someone you care about. HopeSpring Child & Family Clinic provides effective therapy for individual or family with diverse problems as follow.

 

Problems Addressed for Individual or Family Therapy
• Anxiety
• Mood Disorders
• Depression
• Trauma (childhood sexual abuse, rape, domestic violence, and community violence)
• Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
• Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
• Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
• Stress Management
• Work-related Problems
• Interpersonal Relationship Problems
• Family Issues
• Grief and Loss
• Poor Communication
• Anger Management
• Parenting
• Separation and Divorce

 

 

3) Play Therapy

 

Birds fly, fish swim, and children play

 

by Dr. Garry Landreth

Play is the child’s Language. This means that in play, children express what their lives are like now, what their needs are, or how they wish things could be. Children use words and actions to communicate. Acting out can be seen as an attempt to communicate a message. When a child feels understood, the need to act out a message ends.

Children sometimes do not have ability to articulate what they are thinking or feeling and to use abstract verbal reasoning. When children come into therapy, most of them lack the ability to sit down and use words to tell therapist about their problems. However, children are able to “play out” their experiences and feelings because play is the natural medium of communication for them.

Play therapy is an approach to counseling children in which the play therapist uses toys, arts and crafts, games, and other play media to communicate with clients using the “language” of children, which is the “language” of play. Play therapy creates a safe environment where children can express themselves, take appropriate risks by trying new things, and learn more about themselves, others, and the world.

Dr. Dee Ray at the University of North Texas created the following videos that provide a fantastic and helpful overview of Play Therapy. The first video describes play therapy for parents, and the second video explains it for children.

 


for Children

for Parents

 

 

4) Child Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT)

 

What is CPRT?

 

Child Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT) or Filial Therapy is an approach used by play therapist to train parents to become therapeutic agents for their own children. CPRT is a special 10-session parent training program to help strengthen the relationship between you and your child by using 30-minute playtimes once a week. CPRT is based on the belief that the relationship between you and your child is the key element for your child to grow, develop, learn, and heal. Parent is taught basic child-centered play therapy principles and skills.

 

Originally, this CPRT was developed as a group model, but HopeSpring Child & Family Clinic can also offer CPRT to you if you wish to learn skills in individual therapy setting. CPRT can be incorporated with individual play therapy with your child. You will be taught to have special structured 30-minute playtimes with your child using a kit of carefully selected toys in your home. Your will learn how to respond empathically to your child’s feelings, build your child’s self-esteem, help your child learn self-control and self-responsibility, and set therapeutic limits during these special playtimes.

 

How Can CPRT Help My Child?

 

In these special playtimes, you will build a different kind of relationship with your child, and your child will discover that she/he is capable, important, understood, and accepted as she/he is. When children experience a play relationship in which they feel accepted, understood, and cared for, they play out many of their problems and, in the process, release tensions, feelings, and burdens. Your child will then feel better about herself/himself and will be able to discover her/his own strengths and assume greater self-responsibility as she/he takes charge of play situations.

 

How your child feels about herself/himself will make a significant difference in her/his behavior. In the special playtimes where you learn to focus on your child rather than your child’s problem, your child will begin to react differently because how your child behaves, how she/he thinks, and how she/he performs in school are directly related to how she/he feels about herself/himself. When your child feels better about herself/himself, she/he will behave in more positive ways rather than negative ways. Researches have shown the effectiveness of CPRT, including decreasing child’s behavioral problems, improving child’s self-control and responsibility, enhancing parent-child relationship and the marital relationship, and improving parent’s feelings of warmth for her/his child.

 

If you answered “Yes” to several of these questions, then you may find CPRT helpful

 

Signs You May Need CPRT (Child Parent Relationship Therapy)
• Do you feel like you have lost control of your role as a parent?
• Do you find yourself yelling at your child more often than laughing with your child?
• Do you feel you have lost touch with your child or don’t feel as close as you would like?
• Do you feel frustrated and find yourself saying the same things over and over, with no results?
• Do you often find yourself getting so frustrated with your child that you end up saying or doing things that you later regret?
• Would you like for your relationship with your child to be different?
• Do you want to help your child, but do not how?
• Do you want to improve your relationship with your child?
• Do you want to improve your parenting skills?
• Do you feel like your child needs therapy?
• Do you worry about your child’s lack of self-esteem?

 

 

5) Group Therapy

 

Anger Management Group
Conflict Resolution Group
Self-Esteem Development Group
Social Skill Training Group
Parenting Group
Support Group
Stress Management Group

 

 

6) Clinical Supervision & Training

 

Clinical supervision is an active process of learning, discovery and collaboration that occurs within the context of a supervisory relationship. I offer clinical supervision for LCPC’s and play therapists focusing on clinician’s strengths while providing challenge in a warm and supportive environment. For more information on me, please see About Dr. Mi-Kyong Kwon.