Treatment of the Whole Child Not Just the Behavior (ages 6-13)
At the heart of helping your child is understanding that children express how they are feeling through their behavior. Solutions that only target problematic behaviors (i.e. not listening, breaking rules, tantrums, etc..) only provide temporary "quick fixes" that often lead to an endless cycle of new problematic behaviors. At Footprint, we know that a child's social and emotional needs must be addressed to truly make a lasting difference in your child's life. That is why we provide Social and Emotional Counseling/Therapy as an alternative to traditional behavioral approaches that focus solely on rewards and consequences.
Social and Emotional Counseling/Therapy engages children in activities such as painting, drawing, dance, drama, movement activities and sandplay. These activities serve as an avenue to understand your child's emotional experience as he/she faces the many challenges of childhood. Footprint's highly skilled and experienced counselors use these activities to teach and support your child (1) to better cope with difficult situations and feelings, (2) be more in control without having to resort to problematic behaviors, and (3) support your child's healthy social and emotional development. And, most importantly, change the direction of your child's life by reducing the chances that your child's problematic behaviors and moods will worsen over the adolescent and young adult years.