Are you concerned that your child might have anxiety, sadness, or sleep problems?
Do your child show challenging behaviors, or are they having trouble learning?
Are family routines such as homework, dinner, or bedtime a daily struggle?
Dr. Leslie can help.
She primarily uses cognitive-behavioral and child-centered play therapy techniques. This means the source of the problem is targeted in terms of changing thoughts, feelings, and behaviors to support the solution. Dr. Leslie believes that "kids should be kids" and should not spend years upon years in therapy that does not change and grow along with them. Together, you'll start with clear definition of the problem, develop an action plan, and monitor progress closely.
For many children between the ages of three and 12, treatment will involve play therapy that includes symbolic play, expressive arts, and sandtray techniques. When children are struggling with something, they often act it out - thus, 'talking it out' is generally not helpful when used as a standalone strategy. Play is used as a means of communication so that kids can most naturally express what is troubling them. Dr. Leslie is a member of the Association for Play Therapy (APT). Click on the APT icon for a video with more information about play therapy.
Leslie Jenkins, PhD, NCSP, HSP 8910 Greeneway Commons Place Suite 201 Louisville, KY 40220