Laguna Niguel Counseling

Located in Laguna Niguel and serving the surrounding communities of Aliso Viejo,
Dana Point, Laguna Beach, Irvine, San Clemente, Ladera Ranch, and Mission Viejo.

(949) 228-2844

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Children and Teens in Laguna Niguel

The responsibility of raising children and adolescents is complex. Some of the skills and knowledge we need are not instinctual. You may worry about how your kids grow, develop, and what kind of person they will become as an adult. Sometimes, parents are facing issues with their child that they simply don’t know how to handle.

Many children and adolescents stumble as they grow and families find that they need the help of therapy. A wide range of problems can be addressed through child or family therapy. Please feel free to give me a call to discuss your concerns about your family.

Play Therapy

Research suggests play therapy is an effective mental-health approach regardless of age, gender or the nature of the problem. It works best when a parent family member or caregiver is actively involved in the treatment process. Plato said, "You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation."

Play is a medium for expressing feelings, exploring relationships and self-fulfillment " Gary Landreth, Ed.D. Play is essential to human growth, development learning and cultivating relationships. Play is a natural process that builds trust and mastery, fosters learning and acceptable behaviors. It regulates emotions, reduces anxieties, promotes creative thinking and problem solving, encourages open communication, and elevates spirit and self-esteem. Play is our first language. Just as adults use words to communicate, children use play. When playing, we express thoughts and feelings that might otherwise remain hidden. “In play therapy the most troublesome problems can be confronted and lasting resolutions can be discovered, rehearsed, mastered and become lifelong strategies.” Sandra Russ Ph.D