Healthy Bonds Family Therapy - "Healing and Strengthening Family Relationships"
Child Therapy
Many children benefit from therapy. If you are concerned about your child, trust your instincts. Most younger and preteen children enjoy coming to therapy and look upon it as an opportunity to play and explore with a "grown-up who likes to play a lot."

Signs that a child may benefit from seeing a child therapy are:
  • developmental delay in speech, language, or toilet training
  • learning or attention problems (such as ADHD)
  • behavioral problems (such as excessive anger, acting out, bedwetting or eating disorders)
  • a significant drop in grades, particularly if your child normally maintains high grades
  • episodes of sadness, tearfulness, or depression
  • social withdrawal or isolation
  • victim of bullying or bullying other children
  • decreased interest in previously enjoyed activities
  • overly aggressive behavior (such as biting, kicking, or hitting)
  • sudden changes in appetite (particularly in adolescents)
  • insomnia or increased sleepiness
  • excessive school absenteeism or tardiness
  • mood swings (e.g., happy one minute, upset the next)
  • development of or an increase in physical complaints (such as headache, stomachache, or not feeling well) despite a normal physical exam by your doctor
  • management of a serious, acute, or chronic illness
  • signs of alcohol, drug, or other substance use (such as solvents or prescription drug abuse)
  • problems in transitions (particularly following separation, divorce, or relocation)
  • bereavement issues
  • custody evaluations
  • sexual abuse 
  • physical abuse 
  • emotional abuse
  • witness of traumatic events

It is often said that play is the language of children. Children learn, grow, and heal through play. Because young children do not have adequate brain development to think in abstract terms, they externalize abstract concepts and emotions through the world of play. A family therapist trained in play therapy is specially qualified to communicate with your child in the language of play. Play therapy can include the use of toys, games, puppets, art therapy, music therapy, drama therapy, and sandtray therapy. Children progress quickly through play therapy. Sometimes two or three sessions are all that is required.
     At Healthy Bonds, we believe that parents can learn play therapy techniques in order to both help their child and strengthen the parent/child bond. After a few sessions of sometimes near the end of a session, the parent(s) may be brought in for child/parent relational therapy. This type of therapy uses play and various forms of  nonverbal communication to solidify the parent/child bond. Once the issue bringing the child into therapy has been resolved, the parent(s) will have a new set of skills with which to assist his or her child in the future. Additionally, the parents and the child will have a trusted family therapist as a resource throughout the years as the child grows and develops.

LikeHBonFB,LikeHBonFB,Healthy Bonds, Portland family therapy, family therapy, parenting classes, portland oregon group therapy, individual therapy, trauma therapy, couples therapy, healthy relationships, child therapy, teens, teen therapy, save our marriage, marriage counselingScheduling a Consultation - If you are considering therapy for your child, please call and discuss your concerns with Elizabeth Fisher, PhD, LMFT at a time when your child is not within earshot of the conversation (this is applicable to preverbal toddlers as well). To discuss your child or to schedule an appointment, please call (971) 245-6403 or email Dr. Fisher at
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