Children and their problems and worries are often dismissed by adults as simple or easily resolved.
This does children a disservice, however, as their inner lives and feelings can be just as complex as an adult’s. It’s simply a difference in language that makes it more difficult for children to communicate the extent of their challenges.
Children often do not have the vocabulary or life experience to explain themselves with words alone. But trained child therapists, like those at Long Island Psychology, use special techniques to help children verbalize and feel more comfortable accurately describing their feelings.
Dr. Marc Shulman and Dr. Atara Wertentheil are child psychologists on Long Island with experience working with children both individually and as part of family therapy sessions. They have two offices available for convenience, with one in Garden City and one in Rockville Centre, NY. We also offer remote therapy service that opens the door for mental health treatment throughout NY state.
Their approach to psychotherapy and their commitment to you and your child’s wellbeing makes it possible to work with your child and make sure that they are both developing properly and staying happy and healthy in the relationship. Learn more about our services at (516) 732-0273.
The psychologists at Long Island Psychology use several strategies to help children feel comfortable and confident verbalizing their thoughts or challenges. Each type of therapy or treatment is chosen based on what your child appears to be struggling with. One such method is play therapy, which only some Long Island child psychologists can perform.
Play therapy makes use of the “language” that children most often communicate their thoughts and feelings: play. Psychologists have recognized that “child’s play” is more than a fun game. It is actually the primary way that younger children, three to 11 years old, express themselves, relax their stresses, work out their problems, and explore the world around them.
Get Started With Child Therapy
Therapy for children can be one of the most effective available treatments for childhood stressors. If your child seems to have trouble expressing their emotions or has undergone a difficult life event, contact Long Island Psychology about our therapy options.
With offices in Garden City and Rockville Centre, NY, we’re here to make sure that your child has a therapist that knows exactly how to work with them. If you’ve thought about a child psychologist, or you’d like to learn more about what our therapy sessions are like, please feel free and give us a call today or fill out the form on the right to learn more.
Frequently Asked Questions
About Child Therapy
My child seems to have trouble socially. Can you help?
Some children are different than others. Your child may simply be more introverted than you expected. But we do offer assessments for children that may struggle with learning issues, autism, or anxieties that may affect them socially. We’re happy to talk to you and your child about your concerns and see if we can help.
Will you keep me up to date on what my child says?
Usually, yes. As their caregiver, we know how important it is for you to stay informed of your child’s mental health. However, there may be situations when we feel like your child’s privacy is important. We’ll always make sure to let you know about anything concerning, as well as what you can do to help your child.
I’m worried my troubles with my partner are affecting my child.
It is normal to be concerned that trouble in a marriage/relationship may have an effect on the child. The only way to know is to talk to the child. We also have couples counseling that we can provide if you’d like to learn more about co-parenting or improve the communication between you two. We can find ways to integrate that counseling with the needs of your child as well.