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Family Art Therapy

Family Art Therapy incorporates an art making task into the family sessions, which adds an additional dimension to treatment through the novel experience of creating art together. This empowers each member with the opportunity to express their thoughts and feelings.

Families benefit from the process of working together, and learn about each other from the artwork they create. Both the experience and the outcome serve as a vehicle for change within the family system.

Practitioners

Barbra Danin, LMFT

Barbra Danin, LMFT

Barbra has conducted Family Art Therapy sessions for over 30 years. The experience of creating a project together offers each family member a voice to communicate their thoughts and feelings in a safe way. Once the task is completed, family members discuss their responses to the experience and to the artwork, and gain a deeper understanding of themselves and their family.

» Learn more at www.barbradanin.com.

» Contact Barbra at bdanin@barbradanin.com or (314) 477-8585.

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Lisa Grant-Feeley, MS, LPC

Lisa-CHF_0810A Licensed Professional Counselor, Lisa Grant-Feeley provides individual, family and couples counseling.

Her graduate program – and experience since then – focuses on children and adolescents, and she always considers the family structure as integral in her work. As the parent of three strong-willed adult children, she is aware of the joy and challenges that come with raising family.

Lisa provides compassionate support in a space free of judgment to help individuals thrive, and couples and families develop healthy, positive interactions.

Therapy for Children

Lisa understands that play is the language children and young adolescents use to best communicate their thoughts and feelings, and as a Licensed Professional Counselor, she utilizes creative and play therapy techniques in order to help her clients feel most comfortable. Lisa works to create a safe space in which her clients can relay distressing experiences openly, actively listening to the needs of each client and working with a targeted plan of action in order to reach a solution.

Explosive Behavior

For children who display explosive behaviors, Lisa works on collaborative problem solving with both the parents and the client to support the development of important skills, such a flexibility, problem solving, emotional regulation, frustration tolerance and social functioning. As children with explosive behavior are often lacking in one or more of these shills, Lisa helps guide them through these practices so when they are faced with a situation that they were once not equipped to manage; they have the skills needed for a more expected response.

ADHD

For children with ADHD or ADHD symptoms, Lisa supports the child and family in understanding these behaviors and learning strategies to manage them proactively.

Therapy for Teens

Lisa has found that with the flood of exposure in social media, many teens have developed a highly self-critical voice that reduces the ability for high self-esteem. This along with the increased level of competitiveness in academics, sports and extra-curricular activities, can often lead to feelings of anxiety and depression.

Learning Self-Compassion

Learning self-compassion can aid in creating a kinder internal voice. Lisa works with clients to help them find this voice, through identifying and exploring each individual’s strengths and empowering self-acceptance. This serves to reduce the stressful, and at times, all-encompassing feelings of self-doubt.

Therapy for Adults

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

In addition to her focus on strengths and collaborative problem solving, Lisa also utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. CBT focuses on how we think and what we believe and then helps us gain insight into the impact our thoughts and beliefs have on our feelings and behaviors.

By exploring the way in which our past has helped shape our beliefs and attitudes, new, more constructive patterns of thoughts and behaviors can be learned.

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is often practiced in session and used to support the work of CBT to increase the ability to be present in the moment. This helps to create the internal space needed for all change in thoughts and behavior to occur.

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Sand Tray Therapy

Sand tray therapy is a specialized modality that uses sand and selected “miniatures”, objects which provide the medium for emotional expression and communicating one’s experience. The use of sand has a kinesthetic quality that addresses the sensory component of trauma, the deeper emotional experience that is retained in the body itself.

For children, sand tray provides a safe, natural way for self-expression, communication of unconscious feelings and needs, means of telling “their story”, as well as a medium for problem-solving and development of adaptive skills and self-mastery.

Focusing Sand Tray Therapy

This is a specialized means of using sand tray therapy that allows one to focus specifically on a problem, issue or fear. It might be a problem or place where one feels continuously stuck. This sand tray approach uses mindfulness meditation techniques combined with guided exploration or dialogue leading to deeper insight into the problem, issue or fear. It involves tuning into one’s somatic (body) experience and feeling affect awareness. The experience of Focusing Sand Tray can be profoundly meaningful. Individualized Sand Tray sessions offering self-awareness, clarity and self-growth can be scheduled for one or more sessions.

Practitioners

Kathleen Krol, MSS, LCSW, RPT-S

Kathleen Krol, MSS, LCSW, RPT-S

Kathleen Krol

As a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor, Kathleen facilitates healing through play therapy and sand tray, the child’s tools for communication and self-expression. Kathleen offers both traditional Sand Tray Therapy and Focusing Sand Tray Therapy.

I enjoy using play and sand in my work with children and find myself blessed to observe the healing process as it unfolds.  I strive to be open to the unique characteristics and resources of each family with whom I work.

» Learn more at www.kathleenkrol.com

» Contact Kathleen at 215-289-3101 prompt #1, or kasiakrol17@verizon.net

Elizabeth Campbell

The ability to express oneself is directly correlated with one’s developmental level. Therefore, children express themselves in much different ways than adults and require different therapeutic interventions than traditional talk therapy. Elizabeth provides a variety of mediums for children to express themselves through their language: play.

» Learn more at elizabethcampbellcounseling.com

» Contact Elizabeth at elizabeth@elizabethcampbellcounseling.com or 610-757-8163

 

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Play Therapy

Play Therapy is increasingly the recognized method of working with children and adolescents. Play is natural for children who are able to more readily engage in this type of therapy than traditional talk therapy, because play is the language children use to communicate. A trained play therapist understands the metaphors used in the child’s play to gain understanding of the problem areas and recognize the stages of healing. Play therapy provides safe and supportive environment so the child can work through problems, express themselves and heal without feeling overwhelmed or being re-traumatized.

Additionally, play therapy addresses the sensory component of trauma that cannot be achieved through traditional psychotherapy. The combination of family therapy “talk time” and play therapy integrates the cognitive memories of trauma/loss with the part of the brain that holds the deeper emotional experience: the body itself.

Play Therapy is effective for resolving behavior problems at home and school, anxiety, depression, ADHD, trauma, loss and adjustment to family stressors and life transitions. The child is able to learn adaptive skills, gain self-control and mastery, increase self esteem and heal from trauma and loss.

» Learn about integrating play therapy with EMDR

Practitioners

Kathleen Krol, MSS, LCSW, RPT-S

Kathleen Krol, MSS, LCSW, RPT-S

Kathleen Krol

I enjoy using play and sand in my work with children and find myself blessed to observe the healing process as it unfolds.  I strive to be open to the unique characteristics and resources of each family with whom I work.

» Learn more at www.kathleenkrol.com

» Contact Kathleen at 215-289-3101 prompt #1, or kasiakrol17@verizon.net

Elizabeth Campbell

Children express themselves in much different ways than adults and require different therapeutic interventions than traditional talk therapy. Elizabeth provides a variety of mediums for children to express themselves through their language: play.

» Learn more at elizabethcampbellcounseling.com

» Contact Elizabeth at elizabeth@elizabethcampbellcounseling.com or 610-757-8163

Lisa Grant-Feeley, MS, LPC

Lisa Grant-Feeley, MS, LPC

Lisa Grant-Feeley, MS, LPC

Lisa Grant-Feeley is a Licensed Professional Counselor who provides counseling to children and teens, both individually and with their families, in a safe, compassionate setting. With a focus on creating a relationship with each client and a safe place to share concerns, Lisa utilizes a strength-based approach and a variety of evidence-based therapies.

» Contact Lisa at lisagrantfeeley@gmail.com or 267-625-2565

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