Youth and Family Specialized Mental Health Professionals
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Mountlake Terrace Location
Seattle - Northgate Location
Medication Management Services for Children and Adolescents
We are also offering psychiatric medication management and evaluation for children and adolescents. We have several board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Practitioners with specialized training and experience working with children and adolescents. They share a passion for working with the complex mental health issues of children, including behavioral and learning problems.
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Phone: 425 640 7009
Helpful Information for Parents
We strive to involve the parents as much as possible when handling issues with kids. We believe in looking at the family as a whole in congruence with Family Systems Therapy Model. We may provide specific recommendations for prescriptive therapy for the child, parents or whole family, in order to achieve more holistic results for your child.
Our Seattle location in Northgate is also providing services for children and families, and we currently have therapy for children as young as 3 years old, Psychological Testing for learning accommodations and Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Medication Management services for children 11 and up.
For children and adolescents, we incorporate age-appropriate play therapy by using therapeutic games, toys and books. This also includes drawing, music, building materials, sand trays and play dough. We know that children often use play to express feelings or stories that are important to them. We use this to promote healing and self discovery.
Play therapy is an evidence-based form of treatment that is developmentally appropriate for children, especially between the ages of 2-12. Play is the language of children and it can be structured in several ways depending upon the nature of the problem. It can be experiential or directive. During experiential play therapy, the child is given access to a wide range of toys, art supplies, sand tray figures and other items that they are free to use in their play. The therapist focuses their attention on the child and tracks their play behaviors with empathic responses that also help the child make sense of their situation. It provides a safe and nurturing environment for them to explore and express their emotions and allows children the space, the resources and the time to show what life is like for them. The child sets the pace.
In play therapy, the parental/caretaker collaboration and support is essential and their participation can take many forms depending upon the situation. Parents/caretakers may be asked to join the play session, or be requested to follow through with specific tasks between sessions. Experiential therapy is often helpful during the assessment phase of therapy even if it takes a more directive approach later on. It is useful t as a way to build the connection between the child and therapist and it provides insight in to the presenting problems for the child.
During directive play therapy, the therapist plays a larger role in initiating the structure of the interaction. This type of therapy is more symptom- oriented and it usually includes a psycho-educational component. This type of therapy includes the use of board games, some art therapy, or role play through the use of puppets or costumes. Family play therapy can be useful where either a segment or the whole family is involved in the play session. Filial therapy is also a directed form of treatment where the therapist would teach a specific skill to a parent then coach them as they learn to utilize it with their child.
Sand tray therapy provides another way to communicate non-verbally through the placement of miniature figures in a sand-tray. It can be used to create a visual representation of experiences that sometimes words just can’t describe. A dynamic approach to sand tray therapy may be used to further identify interactional patterns or to gain mastery and rehearse options for possible future events. It may be used on an individual basis as well as in relational therapy between the client and their significant others.
Several of our therapists have attended continuing education seminars specific to play therapy. It is an invaluable tool to seeing into the minds and hearts of the little people who we serve. Linda Simmons, MS, LMFT has over 20 years of experiences providing this type of therapy to children and considers herself a Play Therapist.