If your child's emotions and/or behavior sometimes disrupt daily life, it can be hard to know what to do. When ordinary methods of coping don’t work, it can leave parents feeling confused and discouraged, wondering where to turn.
We can help.
At the Yeager Center for Children & Families, we can help you find alternative approaches--new ways of resolving the problems that your family experiences. With proper guidance, problems can then become opportunities for growth. We are licensed psychotherapists (and registered play therapists) who specialize in child and family therapy and also in developmentally-focused family coaching.
We begin with an assessment.
The first step is an interview with the child’s parents (and/or other caregivers) during which an initial assessment is made and general recommendations are provided. Sometimes this consultation is all the help that is needed and the parents are able to resolve the difficulties on their own. In many cases, however, additional help is called for and we help determine whether your family would benefit most from traditional therapy or developmentally-focused family coaching.
Our specialty is providing brief, solution-focused therapy, particularly to children struggling with situational stress or problems related to emotional and/or behavioral self-regulation (for example anxiety, anger, ADHD.) In most cases, the child and the family already have many of the strengths and skills needed to resolve the problem.
In therapy sessions, we help children understand why they are having the current problems and how they can use existing strengths to solve those problems.
This traditional approach is child-centered and usually includes some expressive therapy as will.
Some families may find that they need additional help beyond the brief therapy model. We help those families to identify the right resources to provide that help.
Coaching, while similar to therapy, is different in key ways:
1) Coaching is highly educational, focusing on specific goals for your child's development..
2) Parents are integrally involved and learn how to become effective "coaches" for their child's social and emotional development.
3) Coaching sessions take place on a very regular weekly schedule and may be by phone or email rather than in person. Because the coaching process is family-centered, one-on-one contact between the therapist and child is not as critical. This gives much more flexibility in scheduling appointments, allowing you to keep up a steady momentum in working towards goals.
4) We take extra care to make the coaching process engaging for your child.The coaching process utilizes hands-on, child-friendly materials to make the learning come alive for the child. Weekly expectations are linked to a point system that provides an additional "fun" factor.