Therapy for children often involves problem-solving and practicing new skills through activities and play. We like to meet with parents first, and depending on the age of the child, integrate parent sessions throughout the child's time in therapy. In therapy, children with behavioral issues can learn alternative ideas to maladaptive behavior and learn how their feelings and moods affect their behavior. They can identify their inner thoughts and feelings and learn basic coping skills. Often, play therapy is used to help a child learn self-management strategies and gain skills such as patience, attention, deep breathing, anxiety reduction, and communication. Art therapy is used as another way children express themselves, when they often are unable to do so with words alone. Common things we address are ADHD, anxiety, behavioral issues, and parenting skills.