Anxiety and depression are on the rise in children and teens. It is estimated that 20 million children have a diagnosable mental health disorder.
Using a trauma-informed approach, I work with children and tweens with anxiety, depression, and/or behavioral issues. I use a prescriptive combination of EMDR, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, and Play Therapy.
Telehealth with Kids and Tweens
After working in-person with children and teens for decades, I thought, "there was no way this can be done online." Wow, was I wrong!
Sure, there is definite benefit to in-person sessions, but here are some excellent benefits I have found of telehealth:
Ease of scheduling. You do not need to cart your child to yet another place.
Comfort of home. Kids can snuggle with their favorite stuffed (or real!) animal, wrap themselves in their favorite blankets, show me their favorite toys, and grab a snack whenever they need it.
Meeting the child/teen on their turf. There is some safety there as a client. It also helps in my work with families when I get to actually see the client in their own environment.
Awesome tele-play therapy tools. There are so many resources to make meeting online fun and engaging!
I am a big proponent of real-life play, being outdoors in nature, and keeping screen times within certain limits. That being said, I have found telehealth with kids and tweens to work very well.
Laura Christofferson Celnar, LCSW, RPT She/Her LCS26576