Therapy for Children & Teens.

We offer individual therapy for children and adolescents tailored to the unique needs of the client.

Emphasis is placed on personal growth through insight into challenges, recognition of strengths, and developing concrete, effective tools for change.

Marimba's expertise covers a wide variety of issues including:

  • depression
  • divorce
  • ADHD — Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
  • challenges making positive decisions
  • low self-esteem
  • low frustration tolerance
  • anxiety
  • academic difficulties
  • strains in the parent-child relationship
  • struggles with peers
  • difficulty appropriately expressing emotions

In work with both children and adolescents, parental involvement is an integral part of successful therapy. Outside of client sessions, regular meetings are scheduled with parents to plan how therapeutic progress may be supported and reinforced at home.

Child Individual Therapy — Ages 5-12

In working with children ages 5-12, play is often used as a tool for communicating and negotiating their emotional world. Through talk while engaged in activities including art or therapeutic board games, children can learn to better express their emotions while strengthening their skills for coping.

In addition supplemental tools, such as reading books and completing cognitive-behavioral-based workbooks are utilized as a means for supporting the process while allowing for more concrete understanding and application.

Adolescent Individual Therapy — Ages 12+

In working with pre-teens and teenagers, it is important to recognize and value the unique set of experiences occurring at this challenging phase of life. In navigating through adolescence, children may experience difficulties related to identity and self-esteem as they begin to define themselves as separate from their parents.

In creating a therapeutic space for working with teens, talk therapy is combined with more experiential exercises that can help them process their experiences including journaling, creative writing, art and listening and talking about music.

The goal is to aid adolescents in developing a healthy sense of self by gaining skills for expressing emotions, understanding how their belief system impacts choices in relationships and behaviors, and fostering strong communication skills.