Counseling Children, Consulting with Parents, Working with Teachers
Children and their families often have a hard time coping with issues related to school, life changes, and peer friendships. Dr. Holly Shaw works each week with both the child and the parent to assess progress on goals.
Individual treatment time is then given each week to the child. Treatment modalities include behavioral approaches, social skills training, EMDR, play therapy, sandtray therapy and art therapy. Dr. Shaw is a Registered Play Therapist.
Dr. Shaw also works in concert with the child's teachers to make sure that all involved are working on common goals. If the child has an IEP plan at school, Dr. Shaw makes sure that treatment goals in therapy are consistent with IEP goals.
When more intervention is needed, Dr. Shaw will also work with the school counselor, the school psychologist and other admistration personnel as appropriate.
When appropriate, testing is done using the BASC-II to help identify specific issues at school and at home.
For children eight and under, play therapy is often appropriate to help determine what emotions are coming up for the child. For children from about age seven and up, sandtray therapy is often appropriate to help child express difficult emotions. Dr. Shaw is a Registered Play Therapist.
If the child has had many stressful life events and/or trauma, Dr. Shaw can also provide EMDR. Dr. Shaw is a Certified EMDR Therapist.