I understand no two individuals are the same, and I tailor the sessions together to address challenges unique to you, your family and child. My practice specializes in helping children, adolescents, and families using several different interventions; which may include play therapy, traditional talk therapy, expressive arts and mindfulness based on your needs, interests, and goals.
The services I offer are as follows:
Family therapy builds on the belief that the family is a unique system (unit) with its own structure and patterns of communication. “Family” is defined broadly to include biological, affiliation families, and communities. The focus is predominately on relationship patterns and how to better understand and support each other. For more information, download AFT’s leaflet ‘What is Family Therapy.’
Play Therapy is especially appropriate for children ages 3-12. According to Garry Landreth, in play therapy, toys are like the child’s words and play is the child’s language. Through play, art, sand tray, mindfulness, and more, children ‘work out’ what is troubling them. For more information about play therapy, visit the Association for Play Therapy.
Adolescents (ages 13-17)
Adolescent sessions are usually traditional ‘talk therapy,’ but expressive arts and Mindfulness interventions can be used based on your needs, interests, and goals. Expressive art interventions may incorporate writing, drama, music, painting/drawing, etc.
Young Adults (18-21)
Individual counseling for young adults experiencing life changes. Treatment is based on needs, goals, and interests.
Mindful Parenting the Positive Discipline Way
‘Mindful Parenting the Positive Discipline Way’ is a 7-week class (1.5 hours/week) workshop based on the popular book series, Positive Discipline, authored by Jane Nelson, Ed.D.
Parents will explore their challenges and their hopes, gain a general knowledge of Adlerian Psychology and learn the principles behind Positive Discipline.
Some of the topics studied in the workshop are:
- How to reduce power struggles while creating an environment of cooperation and mutual respect.
- How to raise children that are responsible, respectful and resourceful.
- How to use Kindness and Firmness to create a discipline that teaches.
- Discover the motive behind your child’s misbehavior and how to use practical solutions to reduce the misbehavior.
- How to reduce sibling rivalry by staying out of your children’s conflicts while providing your child with life-long conflict resolution skills.
- The power of Family Meetings and how to conduct them.
- How to mindfully manage your stress with mindfulness techniques and bringing your ‘best self’ to parenting so you can be fully present with your
Parents receive the book, Positive Discipline, supplemental handouts and are encouraged to complete the assigned readings throughout the class.
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CPRT (Child-Parent Relationship Therapy)
A healthy parent-child relationship is a foundation for your child’s future success. However, the demands of parenting often leave parents feeling frustrated, out of control, and with little time to focus on relationship quality. If you want to build a better child-parent relationship, then this class is for you. CPRT is a research-based, 10-week parenting course that teaches parents how to use some of the same skills that play therapists use to help children experiencing social, emotional, or behavioral problems.
Research studies have shown that CPRT can:
- Reduce or eliminate behavior problems
- Enhance the parent-child relationship and the marital relationship
- Develop responsibility and self-control in children
- Increase children’s self-esteem and self-confidence
- Increase parents’ feelings of warmth for their children
CPRT is conducted in 10 weekly sessions; time depends on if it is individual, couples, or a group class. The sessions are interactive, and you will learn a new skill every week, which you then will practice at home during one play session (30 min.) with your child.
Below, are some of the things you will learn:
- How to help your child open up to you
- Therapeutic limit setting
- Recognize emotional needs and building self-esteem
- Fostering creativity, self-control, and self-responsibility
How is CPRT different then Mindful Parenting the Positive Discipline Way?
While, both programs are beneficial, CPRT is only for children <10 years old. CPRT is more individualized ‘coaching’ and focuses on the 30-minute play sessions that you have with your child to enhance the parent-child relationship.
Call or email Makia Matheis for a free phone consultation now – 040 600 92829.