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Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern – IMH# 18476
Sand Tray Play Therapy Level 1, 12 hours
Sand Tray Play Therapy Level 2, 12 Hours
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Trained
Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Trained
$70- $135 per hour
You don’t know how this is happening or why, but your child is struggling. As a parent, you want to give them everything they need. But you’re at a loss. You’re anxious that things will get worse and your child will continue to suffer. You feel helpless and like no one can really support you and your family. I hear you and I’m here for you!
You want to see your child happy and healthy. You want to see that they are coping with challenges and growing in their identities. That they feel secure and feel good about themselves. You may even want a life for your child that you didn’t have growing up. You and your child will be supported and you won’t feel so helpless. I’m here to help the family as much as I am here to be a therapist for the child.
So what can help? Play therapy is an evidence-based and powerful intervention for children. Since they do not communicate verbally in the same way that adults do, they primarily express themselves through their play. My approach may vary depending on the individual child and their needs. No matter who I am working with, it is important that Play Therapy be a safe space and that a positive relationship is established.
My goal is to help your child feel free enough to express what naturally comes up for them during the session. I trust that children are capable of directing their own process and I am careful not to impose my own ideas of what the child needs to be doing in therapy. I am focusing on immersing myself in the emotional world of the child and do not expect the child to understand my world.
Play Therapy can help with a number of things your child may be struggling with.
· anxiety, phobias
· depression, mood swings
· divorce, life transitions, family conflict
· aggression and acting out
· trauma and abuse
· grief and loss
I also incorporate cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), expressive arts, sand tray, mindfulness and strengths based therapy. I graduated from the University of Montevallo, located in Alabama, with a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. During my graduate school internship I began working at a child advocacy center. It was during that time that I became dedicated to helping the young ones of this world. Since then, I have attended trainings on Play Therapy, Sand Tray, Crisis Intervention and more.
Getting started in therapy is a great way to improve your child’s quality of life. I’m sure you have some questions and I’d be happy to answer those. With afternoon and evening appointments available, I make it easy to fit therapy into a families busy schedule of school, work and activities. Getting started is just as simple! Call or text 321-279-3742 and schedule a free, no-obligation 15 minute phone consultation today! I can also be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can learn more about Elena by visiting her website www.egscounseling.me.