Adolescents and Parents
The brightest young people are often those who experience the greatest challenges and stress.
We harness the healing power of the imagination to help children and tweens using: Core For Kids™ and Dynamic Play Therapy that may incorporate expressive arts (sandplay, clay, drawing, block building, poetry or creative writing depending on your young person.)
Many times you need to go beyond talk therapy to reach a young person in an impactful way. Neal and Judy offer sessions as individual therapists for children and families.
For more about this: "A New Approach for Family Therapy"
Young people who benefit from the work we do may display symptoms of: anxiety disorders, mood disorders, anti social behavior disorders, trauma related disorders, emotional and behavioral issues due to organic or neurological disorders (this includes ADD and ADHD as well as learning disabilities), phobias, attachment disorders. and children with medical diagnoses that affect mood and behavior. Play therapy can be very helpful with all of the above.
Regular Service by the Hour: As individual therapists, we usually schedule an initial intake session with at least one parent present (this can be done on the phone if necessary.) As therapy progresses, we ask that at least one parent be willing to come to parent sessions to discuss your child. Frequency of parent sessions is determined individually for each family.
We also offer a one year Premium Service Package for Children and their Families to deal powerfully with what is affecting your child's life. As family therapists, we take a holistic approach, looking at influences that may impact your child in this generation and possibly past generations. Included is parent mentoring which may be done in person or online.
Our practice is especially effective with visual and non-traditional learners. We also help children and adolescents who may have experienced issues with fear, anxiety, ADD, oppositional or other behavioral challenges and help young people dealing with a wide range of life stressors.
Neal has written a chapter on his work with young people in the 2015 book "Deep Play: Exploring the Use of Depth in Psychotherapy with Children"
His chapter is entitled: "Emergence: A Tale of Two Boys." The book is available in print and as an ebook.
Please read this note for parents if you are considering having one of us work with your child.
Core For Kids™
Read Neal's reflection on working with two young clients from the 2015 book on "Deep Play" (Note: client names and identifying information altered to protect identity)
This work is about young people "centering" through a combination of talk, expressive and body-centered therapy where they can safely explore emotions and return to balance. They learn to access what we call their "Center of Right Energy" (CORE) which "grounds" them and gives them more choices, even under stress. They become less reactive and happier, even in the midst of difficult circumstances. Because this approach offers multi-sensory ways of connecting with their innermost selves, young people may experience real healing and progress more than with talk therapy alone.
This holistic approach releases "blocks" and defenses that may have limited growth and change, or could limit them in future if not addressed in childhood.
Core Energetics complements dynamic play therapy wonderfully with its creativity, fun, and surprises.
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Read more here on Neal's work with boys.
Unblock and channel your child's energy!
Help your young person live their potential.
*Core Energetics, founded and pioneered by John C. Pierrakos, M.D. blends body psychotherapy with development of the essential self. As children, we begin to armor against emotional wounds through chronic “holding” in the musculature. Core Energetics practice includes physical and consciousness-building activities which seek to restore balance, opening the heart to a wider range of emotional response and authentic life expression.
Neal Brodsky and colleagues integrate Core Energetics, Family Systems Theory and Dynamic Play Therapy to open new possibilities in the lives of young people and parents.