Children and adolescents often struggle with a range of issues that can be helped with drama and expressive arts therapy. These play and art-based approaches meet kids (and their families) at their level in both verbal and non-verbal communication skills. In therapy, children typically learn new coping skills, a broader way to express their feelings and gain improved self-esteem and self-worth.
A qualified therapist can help your child with any of the following challenges:
- sadness or depression
- anger or irritability
- persistent anxiety or fear
- trouble focusing attention (ADHD)
- grief or loss over a friend or family member
- feelings of hopelessness
- impulsive, high risk behaviors
- traumatic events, including physical assault or sexual abuse
- talking of suicidal thoughts or feelings
- social difficulties or problems with peers
According to the National Association of Drama Therapy, “play allows children to gain mastery over conflicts and anxieties.” and drama therapy is particularly useful “for those who have a hard time trusting or connecting with adults or who might otherwise struggle in therapy.”
Several of our interns and trainees work specifically with children and adolescents and can support you and your family through these challenges with drama and/or expressive arts therapy. Call our intake line at: (510) 595-5500 ext 10 to get started today.