WHAT PEOPLE SAY
-GS, Parent of 2nd grade
What people are saying
"The progress my student showed after just a few weeks working with Mrs. Franklin was incredible. Her professionalism combined with her warmth make her an amazing counselor. I recommend her 100%.
-J.D., Resource Room teacher
Does your child go from zero to 100? Shut down when they are upset and have trouble expressing what is bothering them? Frequently lose their temper? Struggle with anxiety that interferes with activities?
Whether your child struggles with anxiety, anger or sadness, emotion regulation skills will help them to get in control. Emotion regulation begins with learning to accept, recognize, and label feelings, to understand how feelings look and feel, and recognizing many nuanced complexities about how feelings can present in our lives. Developing an emotional "EQ" Is frequently a large part of the work of handling difficult emotions.
In therapy, we delve into calming down strategies, exploring custom tailored ideas to put into one's "tool box" for when they need it. I work closely with parents to create a plan that encourages carryover at home.
Improving emotion regulation may be the key to turning around challenging presenting behaviors. Behavioral strategies and interventions frequently go hand in hand with our emotion regulation work.
With individualized therapy, there is no one size fits all. The key I have found is following the lead of the child in finding what works for them. We use therapeutic toys, games and activities to connect to each child on their level. At times there may be something additional on their mind that is hidden underneath some of the feelings, which we explore and work through.
Social Skills Training?
Social Skills Training - Help your child learn how to navigate friendships, the ins and outs of making and keeping friends. Some examples of important social skills we address are: Recognizing social cues and nuances, conversation skills, listening skills, how to join in, empathy, perspective taking and problem solving.
During sessions, we practice role playing scenarios and appropriate responses. Sessions are tailored to address the specific areas that your child is struggling with. Groups are frequently recommended as well to provide real life practice opportunities.
School Consultation Session
Child Play Therapy Session
If your child's issue is most noticeable in the school setting, or you have practical concerns that impede your ability to bring them to the office, I can come meet your child in school during school hours (dependent on the school's permission and space availability). The advantages include my ability to observe your child in the social and academic setting to get directly to the core of the issue. This also allows me to follow up regularly with teachers, in order to keep close tabs on progress, and problem solve following any setbacks. Please note that continued parent involvement via phone sessions or in person meetings, are still crucial even when choosing this option.
For younger children I use a directive play therapy approach to connect with your child on their level. Children express themselves and learn new skills through playful activities.