Child Counseling

Child Counseling at Whittaker Family Services

Whittaker Family Services unique clinical services to young children ages 3 – 9. We use an expressive therapy designed to help a therapist gain insight into a child´s thoughts and feelings through the child´s primary means of communication, which is play and creativity. Our Creative Child Counseling Sessions are different than traditional talk therapy used with adults. Many children suffer from the human tendency of verbally expressing their feelings and emotions. Expressive therapy with children uses playful, creative activities as the primary medium for communicating.

When a therapist uses this approach with children in our safe and trusting environment we can identify social, emotional, relational needs or fears that cause behavioral or developmental challenges. This allows healing to occur on many levels following our natural inner trend towards health. Play and creative operate on impulses from the unconscious, from outside our awareness.

How are Parents Include in Child Counseling?

Parental involvement in the child´s therapy process varies, depending on the child and the family´s needs. Parents can spend part of the session with their child and therapist, and then the therapist spends the remainder of the session with the child. Your child´s therapist will discuss therapeutic goals and progress in treatment with you regulary. Parents are also involved with treatment by providing input to the therapist as to how the child´s is doing at home, at school, and in social solutions. Typically, parents will meet alone with the therapist from time to time to discuss ways to support your child´s therapy at home. The great underlying value in helping your child through therapy is that it gives your child a voice and provides an opportunity for them to tell their “story” in a way that makes sense to them…. at their own pace…. in a safe and healing space.

A sad young boy. We offer Child Counseling in Carrollwood and Tampa, Florida.
Sibling arguing. We offer Child Counseling in Carrollwood and Tampa, Florida.
A little Child is dreaming. We offer Child Counseling for children ages 3-9.

Child Counseling Benefits

  • Become more responsible for behaviors and develope more successful strategies
  • Fosters new and creative solutions to problems
  • Develope respect and acceptance to self and others
  • Learn to experience and express emotions
  • Develope positive emotions
  • Cultivate emphathy and respect for thoughts and feelings of others
  • Learn new social skills and relational skills with family
  • Develope self-efficacy and thus a better assuredness about their abilities
  • Helps overcome resistance to therapy
  • Increase communication and socialization
  • Strenghtens quality attachments and enhances relationships
  • Low risk, familar, optionally verbal activity to an abused/neglected child

How does Play Therapy work?

Often, when children misbehave, act out at home, with friends, and at school they have used up their own problem solving tools and create negative patterns of behavior simply because they don´t how else to help themselves. In Child Counseling Sessions, Play Therapy allows therapists to access and understanding child´s play. Play therapy helps children cope with difficult emotions and find solutions to problems. By confronting problems in the clinical Play Therapy setting, children find healthier solutions. Play Therapy allows children to change the way they think about, feel towards, and resolve their concerns. Troubling problems can be confronted in Play Therapy and lasting resolutions can be discovered, rehearsed, mastered and adapted into life.

A safe, confidential and caring environment is created which allows the child to play with as few limits as possible but as many as necessary for emotional saftey. The therapist may reflect back to the child observations of what has happened during the sessions. So often in modern life we never seem to have enough time to spend with our children – just playing, just being there for them. The child is given strategies to cope with difficulties they face in life and which they themselves cannot change. It provides a more positive view of their future life. We offer our Child Counseling and Play Therapy Sessions in our office building in Carrollwood and Tampa, Fl. Child Counseling Sessions may last typically 30 to 45 minutes. The therapist has a ” Play Therapy Toolkit ” (Our Play Therapy Room). For more information click the following link:

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