Talk Therapy Interventions include therapeutic techniques where conversational methods are used to address the issue that an older child or adolescent is bringing forward as a concern for them. Donna combines psychodynamic therapy techniques to promote insight and understanding, with cognitive-behavioural therapy techniques to assist in problem-solving.
- Trauma and loss resulting from divorce, death, illness, substance-abuse in the family, sexual abuse or an accident
- Anxiety and/or Depression
- Body Image
- Social Skills
- Emotional/Behavioural Concerns
- Parental Attachment (Including Adoption Transitions)
Play Therapy Interventions are based on the belief that a child's language is the language of play. These interventions many include art, story-telling, sand tray therapy, therapeutic games, puppetry, and play acting. Emotions and life stories are then expressed and told using non-verbal means, or spoken but held within a metaphor. Play Therapy Interventions are best, due to cognitive and language development stage, to allow younger children (approximately 4-11 years) to express their emotions. Play therapy can also be highly effective for adolescents and adults when verbal expression regarding a difficult situation (trauma) is a struggle. With their agreement, Donna often uses art, story-telling, poetry or sand tray interventions in combination with talk therapy when working with adolescents or young adults.
Play and Talk Therapy
for children and adolescents
Donna Starling, MSW, RSW, CPT-S
Registered Social Worker
Certified Play Therapist and Supervisor