, provides child, family, and adult counseling, individual therapy and psychotherapy for:
- Foster care
- Attachment and Bonding
- Attachment Challenges for Children & Adults
- Family Issues
- Physical Abuse
- Emotional Abuse
- Sexual Abuse
- Loss / Grief
- AD / HD
- Trauma / Critical Incidents
- Anger Management
- Post Traumatic Stress
- Families in the Entertainment Industry
Celia Center takes appointments for children/teens ages 3-19. Psychotherapy focuses on:
- Teaching kids/teens how to express their thoughts and feelings and verbalize needs.
- Utilizing creativity and imagination in a non-threatening way.
- Improving the child’s/teens ability to establish a secure attachment with their caregivers.
- Taking the shame out of therapy.
Celia Center takes appointments for traditional, single parent, gay and lesbian, adoptive and foster families. Their focus is on helping the family function in more positive and constructive ways by exploring patterns of communication and providing support and education. Family therapy sessions can include the child or adolescent along with parents, siblings, and grandparents.
Individual Therapy for Adults
Celia Center takes appointments for adults who have experienced adoption and/or foster care. We help individuals explore how adoption or foster care has effected their lives, explore grief/loss and support them in developing secure, healthy and strong relationships within themselves and others.
Method of Helping Your Child
Celia Center blends various approaches within her treatment modality including Attachment Informed Focused Family therapy, Art therapy, Sand tray therapy, Clay therapy, Sensory Play, Object relations therapy and interventions congruent with Theraplay®, Beyond Consequences, and Groundbreaking Interventions developed by Jeanette Yoffe. These techniques are effective because of their appeal to traumatized children. They enable a child to be emotionally receptive, engaged and invested in the treatment process which fosters trust, change and healthy attachments.
The process is focused on reducing symptoms and building coping skills. In session, we actively communicates empathy and acceptance while providing the child with the comfort and containment needed to explore and resolve past trauma and shame-related experiences. At the same time we actively facilitate the child’s ability to form positive, reciprocal relationships with their parents and help them develop compassion for themselves. Within the safety of the therapeutic environment, the child is able to face and resolve past traumas.
When to Seek Help for your Child
Parents are usually the first to recognize that their child has a problem with emotions or behavior. Still, the decision to seek professional help can be difficult and painful. The first step is to gently try to talk to your child. An honest open talk about feelings can often help. You may choose to consult with your child’s physicians, teachers, members of the clergy, or other adults who know the child well. These steps may resolve the problems for your child and family.
Following are a few signs which may indicate that a child and adolescent psychiatric evaluation will be useful.
- Marked fall in school performance
- Severe worry or anxiety, as shown by regular refusal to go to school, go to sleep or take part in activities that are normal for the child’s age
- Hyperactivity; fidgeting; constant movement beyond regular playing.
- Persistent nightmares
- Persistent disobedience or aggression (longer than 6 months) and provocative opposition to authority figures
- Frequent, unexplainable temper tantrums
PRE-ADOLESCENTS AND ADOLESCENTS
- Marked change in school performance
- Inability to cope with problems and daily activities.
- Marked changes in sleeping and/or eating habits
- Sexual acting out
- Depression shown by sustained, prolonged negative mood and attitude, often accompanied by poor appetite, difficulty sleeping or thoughts of death
- Abuse of alcohol and/or drugs
- Persistent nightmares
- Threats of self-harm or harm to others
- Self-injury or self destructive behavior
- Frequent outbursts of anger, aggression
- Threats to run away
- Aggressive or non-aggressive consistent violation of rights of others; opposition to authority, truancy, thefts, or vandalism
- Strange thoughts, beliefs, feelings, or unusual behaviors
Celia Center offers Free support groups throughout the year.