CHILD THERAPY SAN DIEGO
Raphaella and Lauren work with children and adolescents ages 3 to 17.
In addition to therapy Raphaella provides parenting Education and Supervision.
Sessions are offered in-person and through telehealth.
After therapist assesses the case and discusses it with client and parents they decide on the modalities of treatment which might include Individual, conjoint and/or family therapy depending on the family and client's needs.
Parents and therapist might also decide that the child does not need therapy at the moment or that they would prefer to start with improving their parenting techniques and strategies. That is great, in many cases parents only utilize my services as a parenting educator and we work together in order to develop an individualized parenting plan for their family with the objective of making their job as parents easier, less stressful, and hopefully much more rewarding.
Child and Adolescent Individual Therapy
Therapist and Client sessions
In this modality of treatment the client (the child or adolescent) will participate in individual sessions with therapist. Therapist will utilize her knowledge and ability to make the child comfortable and to allow the therapeutic alliance to develop. As the relationship between therapist and client unfolds the client has opportunities to become aware of his issues and of working on improving areas of difficulty.
Therapist, Client and another Family Member sessions
In this modality of treatment therapist will conduct sessions with two family members. Conjoint therapy
can be provided to the child and a parent; to siblings or to the child and a relative in need of working on specific issues with the child.
Therapist and Family Members sessions
In this modality of treatment the whole family is the client, as all family members participate together in the sessions.
Family therapy can be extremely productive with a good dose of talking and playing. It should be a fun, relaxed and interactive experience for the whole family, not a dull and serious debate.
While conducting family therapy I utilize specific play activities that can break the ice, remove barriers and make family members comfortable enough to work through difficult issues.
Toddler and Therapist sessions and Toddler and/or Parent and Therapist sessions
Toddler therapy includes more active participation of parents during sessions. Some sessions will be with toddler and therapist only and others with the parent's participation for its whole duration or part of session's time.
Working on an individualized parenting plan
At times parents need to take some time to "re-organize their house" as to review what is not working well, what can be improved and to learn new tools and strategies to deal with their children.
One of the goals of this program is to raise the family's interactions and routines, this way making family life more enjoyable.
Our parenting program focuses on the implementation of positive methods of discipline and on improving the connection between parents and their children, or their attachment.
The program is individualized and tailored to the family's needs and values. During our meetings parents and therapist will identify the sources of conflict as well as your family's strengths with the goal of enhancing the family's quality of life while respecting its member's individual needs.
Co-parenting is a labor of love and it only works if the parents are able to put the children's needs before their own. This is easier said then done but if parent's are at a point where they can work together, with their child's wellbeing in mind, instead of battling each other we can discuss the possibility of working together.
However, If parents are in high conflict or looking for a therapist to provide the court custody recommendations or recommendations of ay kind I am not the right professional for you.
Supervision and Consultation
I am a Registered Play Therapy Supervisor offering individual supervision to professionals working toward their license as Play Therapists. The supervision hours will count towards the current RPT or RPT-S credentialing program.
I also offer consultations to professionals wanting to discuss cases and explore different clinical scenarios within the filed of play therapy.