Jennifer M. Warner has specialized training in child psychotherapy and play therapy. Play is the child's natural method of learning, developing, and expressing their feelings.
Play can offer children the opportunity to use the power of their own natural creativity in order to heal and grow. Children often communicate their difficulties more effectively through play than they can through traditional "talk therapy." Jennifer uses creative ways to have children express themselves through the art of imagination, games and drawings. In this safe and protected space, children are able to gain insight into their problems and play out solutions with the therapist as their guide.
Not only does the child grow while in therapy, but the family learns how to interact, engage, encourage and work together as a unit for a better home environment. Parents grow with their children, learning that parenting is different for each child, boundaries are good and setting rules is expected. Rewards and consequences are part of life, but are sometimes difficult to set up and enforce…counseling can help!
Research supports the use of Play Therapy with children experiencing a variety of problems, including: divorce, bereavement, chronic illness, abuse, domestic violence, anxiety, depression, peer difficulties, aggression, and low self-esteem.
Jennifer's theoretical focus combines expressive therapies, particularly play therapy, with cognitive behavioral work and skills training. Children may be seen individually or in family therapy.