Marie Gale MSW

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My primary goal in child therapy is:
  • To understand what is troubling them
  • To help put words to their feelings and confusing thoughts
  • To help them find more adaptive ways of expressing themselves in their world
  • To reduce if not eliminate problematic behavior

In the process of this working relationship, there are some secondary tasks that can also be addressed

  • To identify barriers to the developmental tasks of their age group
  • To expand their self expression
  • To find the source of their frustrations, fears, confusion, anger as well as the source of things that bring them contentment and happiness
  • To observe and assess whether the problem is affecting their self esteem or basic trust
  • To help them become aware of a wider range of feelings
  • To broaden their choices of coping skills

In addition to talking with a child, I use a variety toys, art supplies, or worksheets depending on the age and I set a pace that is dependent on their response to therapy so as to make optimal gains without further stressing them. I bring creativity and patience to the process and have been successful reaching very difficult children.

Behaviors sometimes associated with stress in children:

(therapy is recommended if these behaviors last longer than 6 months)

  • loss in interest in play or social activities
  • aggression, injuring others
  • tantrums
  • bedwetting
  • excessive fearfullness
  • underachieving at school
  • difficulty going to sleep or having frequent nightmares
  • physical complaints without underlying causes
  • changes in appetite
  • irritable as predominant mood
  • clinging behaviors
  • reverting back to behaviors typical of earlier age
  • negative self statements
  • increase in crying spells
  • self injury or excessive self soothing behaviors