Imagine your child identifying their emotions effectively, processing them creatively, and expressing them fluently. Envision your child reflecting on the tough stuff with confidence, insight, and strength. Picture a therapeutic space that gives your child energy, support, and focuses on their unique strengths.
Creative arts counseling focuses on supporting your child through play, music, and creativity. In this type of counseling, your child gets to focus on exploring their inner world, developing a better understanding of themselves, and build confidence. We use things like music, play, dance, art, drama, games, and almost any other creative outlet you can imagine. Through this type of “play”, I am able to support your child in developing coping skills, expressing their worries, enhancing their emotional language, and fostering stronger relationships. This is a space for your child to be who they want to be.
What does it look like?
Fun! I focus first on creating a strong relationship with your child, learning about their strengths, hobbies, and unique characteristics. This may include us talking about their favorite video game, playing one of their favorite songs, or using puppets to talk in a silly voice. Once the foundation of a strong relationship is built, oftentimes children naturally bring in topics or themes into the session that relate to their inner struggles. Sometimes we explore these topics through verbal discussion, through analyzing song lyrics, by creating visual representations, and sometimes by acting out pretend situations. Whatever the modality, I focus on supporting their need through this expression based off of what we have created in our treatment plan.
“We love Kate. That’s not an overstatement or gushing. We legitimately love her for the work that she does with our gang. The kiddos ask “Is Kate coming today?” more days than they don’t. She makes their time together valuable and meaningful and I appreciate her magical work so much.”– Parent
Who Am I?
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, and Board Certified Music Therapist. I have extensive training in play therapy and specialize in working with children through creative and expressive modalities. You can read more details about my experience here.
Most of my experience has been working with children with chronic medical conditions, developmental differences, and children who suffer from anxiety, depression, and social difficulties. My most common therapeutic goals include helping a child:
- Develop a positive self-concept
- Increase emotional awareness and understanding
- Increase emotional and creative expression
- Become sensitive and engaged in the process of coping
- Become more self-directing
- Engage in self-determined decision making
- Develop an internal source of evaluation
- Become more trusting of the self
- Improve coping skills
What do we need?
- 50 minutes for the session
- Access to a private space with a computer that can utilize online platforms
- For young children, they can bring any toys with them for the session and can have the session in their own room if that is easier to access their toys
What is the investment?
There are several payment options to choose from.
Individual sessions are $80 per hour long session.
If you are in financial need, I can offer sessions on a sliding scale free between $60-$80. I can hold this financial agreement for six months upon which we can re-evaluate.
What does insurance reimbursement look like?
We are an out-of-network provider at this time and do not directly accept insurance. However, it is possible to find out if your insurance will reimburse you a percentage of therapy costs. Contact me for more information and we can find out what will work for you and your family.
Need more information?
Please feel free to reach out anytime with questions, concerns, and to learn more about what creative therapy can look like for your child!