Child Centered Therapy

Child Centered Therapy is a developmentally responsive intervention for children who may be experiencing emotional, behavioral, and social difficulties. 

This evidence-based approach is tailored to the specific needs of each child and helps foster the relationship between the child and therapist, in a safe and comforting environment.  

Child therapy includes interventions involving art, play, and story-telling, as children naturally recreate their life experiences through these creative methods. 

Active and reflective listening, alongside negotiation skills, are key tools in this transformative process.

Child-centered therapy creates a nurturing and empathetic environment where children can freely express themselves through play, conversation, and creative activities. This approach prioritizes valuing the child's perspective and encourages them to explore their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors in a safe space.

The therapist establishes a strong and trusting relationship with the child, ensuring they feel acknowledged and understood. This foundation promotes open communication about their experiences, which is crucial for their emotional and psychological growth. Tailoring techniques to the child's age, interests, and needs, the therapist incorporates art therapy, storytelling, and guided play to effectively address any challenges they may face.

The primary goal is to empower the child, fostering confidence in their abilities and facilitating healthier connections with themselves and others. This approach proves beneficial in addressing a wide range of issues, including emotional distress, behavioral problems, and social difficulties. Through child-centered therapy, children learn to comprehend and manage their emotions, enhance their communication skills, and forge stronger relationships with those around them.


Herre's a breakdown of what to expect in
childrens Therapy:

Play as Communication

Play is the natural language of children, and child-centered therapy harnesses the power of play as a means for children to express themselves and work through their emotions. In the therapy room, children are encouraged to play freely with a wide range of toys, art materials, and other creative resources.


The therapy room is carefully designed to create a safe and supportive space where children feel comfortable expressing themselves without fear of judgment or criticism. The therapist establishes a warm and empathetic relationship with the child, fostering trust and rapport over time.

Non-Directive Approach

Child-centered therapy follows a non-directive approach, meaning that the therapist does not lead the play or impose any agendas on the child. Instead, the therapist adopts a stance of unconditional positive regard, accepting and valuing the child for who they are without judgment or evaluation.

Empowerment and Self-Expression

Child-centered therapy empowers children to make their own choices and take the lead in the therapeutic process. By allowing children to express themselves authentically through play, therapy promotes self-awareness, self-expression, and autonomy.

Emotional Regulation and Coping Skills

Play provides children with a safe outlet for releasing pent-up emotions and practicing coping strategies. Through play, children learn to identify and regulate their emotions, develop problem-solving skills, and cope with stressors in their lives.

Parent Involvement

While the focus of child-centered therapy is on the child, parents or caregivers are often involved in the therapeutic process as well. Therapists may offer parent consultations, support, and guidance to help parents better understand their child's needs and support their emotional growth.

Exploration of Feelings and Experiences

Through play, children naturally gravitate towards themes and symbols that reflect their inner world. The therapist attentively observes the child's play, noticing patterns, emotions, and conflicts that emerge. By facilitating exploration and reflection, the therapist helps the child make sense of their feelings and experiences.

Goal-Oriented Approach

Child-centered therapy is goal-oriented, with therapists and children collaboratively setting therapeutic goals based on the child's individual needs and circumstances. Goals may include improving emotional regulation, enhancing social skills, addressing trauma, or resolving specific challenges.

Follow-Up and Maintenance

Therapists regularly evaluate the child's progress toward therapeutic goals and adjust interventions as needed. Progress is measured not only in observable behaviors but also in the child's increased self-awareness, emotional resilience, and ability to cope with life's challenges.

Child-centered therapy is highly effective in addressing a wide range of issues commonly experienced by children, including anxiety, depression, behavioral problems, trauma, grief, and family transitions. By honoring children's unique ways of experiencing the world and fostering their innate capacity for healing and growth, child-centered therapy empowers children to thrive emotionally and socially.

What Child Centered Therapy Can Help With

Identifying and labeling emotions

Processing experiences

Communication skills

Behavioral concerns

Social skills/ friendships



Academic difficulties

Learning differences

Family stressors

Inattention and lack of focus



Transitions and changes

Coping skills

What Makes Us Different

Our commitment to creating a personalized therapeutic experience for each client. Unlike one-size-fits-all approaches, we tailor our methods and strategies to fit the unique needs and circumstances of each individual or couple that walks through our doors. Our team of therapists brings a diverse range of specialties and therapeutic techniques to the table, ensuring that we can match you with the best possible support for your specific challenges. 

Why we stand out

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