Why do therapy with children?
So much of how a person moves through life is based on behaviors and beliefs begun in childhood.
Personality — a mix of thoughts, feelings and behaviors — is shaped by genetic predispositions, the surrounding culture (including family culture), personal interactions and life events to form an identity. We use the following techniques to work with children:
A non-verbal means to communicate feelings and describe experiences and relationships. Through the choosing and placing of symbolic objects in sand children are able to show and process, not just tell, their internal experience.
We might reenact a dramatic event that happened, taking on different roles to be better able to understand another point-of-view or to devise alternative actions and endings.
These visual, family maps can be an illuminating tool, uncovering patterns of behavior and identifying influences that span the generations.