More about Working Outside the Box

IMAGINE the Magic possible: the work with young people moves to Zoom!

For kids and parents stuck at home during the Covid period

Read about Neal's Chapter on The Color of Play

Younger Children


When Children Create, They Grow

Click here to read an excerpt from Neal's Chapter in “Deep Play: “Exploring Depth in Psychotherapy with Children".

I am thinking about scared kids and scared parents. Kids who have night terrors and parents who take kids into their own adult beds to comfort them... Read More

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 Sandplay, expressive arts (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.

Neal Brodsky: Embodied expressive therapy with children (Audio)

Or click here to: Read The Interview

Intergenerational Trauma

Sandplay Therapy

Please read this note for parents if you are considering having one of us work with your child.

Video Clips from Professional Panel on Play in Wilton, Connecticut 2018 - "School" 0:00-0:54 - "Homework" 0:55-1:10 - "Dynamic Play Therapy" 1:11-2:21 - "Kids Create Their Own Narrative" 2:21-3:55 - "Reclaiming Childhood" 3:56-5:30 - "Frustrations" 5:31- 6:45 - "Parenting" 6:46-8:06

Getting to the "Heart of the Matter"

We began working with children in our own blended family . Neal is also an adoptive parent. Later we were among the teachers of the required six hour course for all divorcing parents in Connecticut who have children under 18.

The broader group of young people who benefit from the work we do may display symptoms of: anxiety, mood disorders, anti social behavior, trauma, emotional and behavioral issues due to organic or neurological disorders (this includes ADD and ADHD as well as learning disabilities,) phobias, attachment issues and children with medical diagnoses that affect mood and behavior. Body centered and Play therapy can be very helpful with all of these concerns.

As individual therapists, we first schedule an initial intake session with parents.  As therapy progresses, parent sessions are generally held once each month to discuss the progress of your child. 

Neal contributed to the Routledge International Handbook of Play, Therapeutic Play, & Play Therapy (paperback due 2021) and wrote a chapter of the book "Deep Play: Exploring the Use of Depth in Psychotherapy with Children".

Adolescents and Parents


Violence In the News

Emergence: A Tale of Two Boys

Family-Centered CORE Energetic Therapy™

College Student Mentoring

Adolescents and Parents 

For more about this: "A New Approach for Family Therapy" 

Core for Kids

Read Neal's reflection on working with two young clients in "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.

Read more here on Neal's work with children.

Unblock and channel your child's energy!

Help your young person live their potential.

Neal Brodsky and Judy Gotlieb integrate Family Systems Theory, Dynamic Play Therapy, and Somatic Therapy (Core Energetics) to open new possibilities in the lives of young people and parents.

*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’s mom was one of the first Open Classroom teachers in the USA as a Bank Street College of Education trained first and second grade teacher at P.S. 84, a school which serves the multicultural West Side of Manhattan. To honor hardworking teachers who make a difference in the lives of so many, please consider making a contribution to help teachers buy needed supplied for their students.


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