We offer counseling and consultation services for a variety of clients, including:
- Pre-adolescents and adolescents
By counseling everyone involved in a child’s development, families can enjoy healthy, lasting relationships.
Children do not communicate the same way adults do; therefore, they require therapists who understand and specialize in their unique developmental and emotional needs.
Amy Allen Meyer and Associates holistically views children and uses therapeutic relationships to explore their feelings, thoughts, behaviors, and perceptions. For children ages 2 – 10 we recommend play therapy. It is a theoretically based approach to therapy that is developmentally appropriate for young children.
We customize treatment to suit individual situations, and in a safe, child-friendly environment, we patiently help children learn about themselves and develop positive ways to navigate through life.
Pre-adolescents and adolescents
You have to understand and respect older children to work with them—and Amy Allen Meyer and Associates does! Our trained professionals have a lot of experience working with teenagers so they know how to connect with them.
We use individual talk therapy, which is appropriate for highly verbal pre-adolescents and adolescents with complex lives. It enables us to compassionately—yet skillfully—help them understand themselves, their relationships, and their way of doing things. And if needed, our therapists use specialized techniques to help pre/adolescents express themselves.
Amy Allen Meyer and Associates believes the most influential person in a child’s life is his or her parent. Therefore, the parent/child relationship is the single most important factor for determining the course of a child’s life.
Research backs this belief, saying that parents are integral to the therapeutic process and can significantly enhance its effectiveness. That’s why Amy Allen Meyer and Associates starts with parents.
At the parents-only Intake Session, therapists listen to parents describe the situation and determine the best course of action. They spend time understanding concerns, assessing the family’s needs, and making a plan.
Parental involvement beyond the initial intake session is different for every family. Whether parents are involved in sessions with their child, therapists will communicate regularly with parents, offering them tools to enhance their parenting skills that ensure the optimal outcome for therapy.
By working with the entire family or subsets of the family, therapists can identify a comprehensive set of hypotheses about their worlds so they can help family members understand the connection between those beliefs and their behaviors. Working together as a team, therapists and families improve the way they interact with their child so they can resolve any difficulties. Then they empower and encourage them all to make real changes for a more harmonious and satisfying family life.
Want to learn more?
Visit our Services page for a list of the specific services we provide. And when you’re ready, give us a call at 972.335.3933 to schedule an appointment.