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Psychotherapy for Adults, Teens & Families 

If you would like to learn more about my approach to child therapy or to schedule an introductory session please call me at (510) 898 - 6553 or email me at Jennaroat@gmail.com.​


Psychotherapy helps children in a variety of ways. They receive emotional support, can resolve conflicts, understand feelings and problems, and try out new solutions to old problems. Goals for therapy may be specific (change in behavior, improved relations with friends or family), or more general (less anxiety, better self-esteem). The length of psychotherapy depends on the complexity and severity of problems.

Primary Caretakers may have the following questions about psychotherapy:

What is Play Therapy? 

  • Play therapy is a way of being with the child that honors their unique developmental level and looks for ways of helping in the “language” of the child – play. Because children’s language development lags behind their cognitive development, they communicate their awareness of what is happening in their world through their play. In play therapy toys are viewed as the child’s words and play as the child’s language–a language of activity. Play therapy, then, is to children what counseling or psychotherapy is to adults. 

How long will my child be involved in therapy?​ 

  • The frequency of sessions will be determined during the assessment period. A session lasts 50 minutes. Frequency of appointments can vary from once a week to twice a week, depending on your child's needs. We can discuss treatment goals during the assessment phase. 

Will the therapist be meeting with just my child or with the entire family?

  • The frequency of parent meetings will be determined also during the assessment period and may change as treatment deepens. Parent meetings times may vary depending on the nature of the meeting. 

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