Letting your child express emotions their way

Art, music, and play therapy let children communicate feelings they can’t explain in words.

You can probably think of a childhood moment when you were quaking with fury, or crumpled up into a little ball of sadness.

As adults, we have an emotional vocabulary that lets us label those feelings so others can understand them. But children – especially in cases of trauma, anxiety, or other distress – often haven’t developed that.

Tantrums, aggression, self-harm, withdrawing from others, and other behavioural issues often indicate that an underlying emotional need isn’t being met. I’ll work with you and your child to create a plan that fills those needs.

Beyond traditional “talk” methods of therapy, I use:

Art Therapy

Drawing, painting, and creating story books lets children physically show us how they feel.

Music Therapy

Songwriting, playing instruments, and singing help patients express the emotions they don’t have words for.

Play Therapy

Puppets, sandtray, figurines, board games (and much more) allow children to more easily communicate their issues.

While it might seem far-fetched to us as adults, children live in a world of play and imagination. If we’re going to help them work through their issues, that’s where we need to meet them.

As a parent, you have an important role. By involving you in the process, we build a stronger relationship and stronger lines of communication between you and your child. This diminishes the risk of crises.


Ultimately, like any form of healing, therapy takes time and effort.
But the results are worth it!

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