Wake Forest Counseling
Children & Adolescents
Our AWESOME Play Therapy program for children is designed to get your child ready to take on preschool, kindergarten and most importantly... the playground 😉.
Your little one will love attending Play Therapy! Children engage in drawing, puzzles, games and Nintendo while learning skills that will help them to be successful in school and the "real world."
Childhood is full of new experiences and adventures that can feel scary to little ones. These "scary" experiences often trigger anxiety in young children.
We want to help your child with their anxiety so they feel confident taking on everything childhood has to offer.
Our FUN Kids Therapy Program engages children through the act of play while helping them reach their individual therapeutic goals at the same time. Kids Therapy sessions are done individually or in a group dynamic. Children enjoy age appropriate games, drawing, puzzles, Nintendo® and talk. Please call us to find out more about our Kids Therapy program.
Counseling is done in a non-intimidating, friendly and laid back environment.
Your teen will look forward to their counseling sessions! Our Adolescent Therapy Program is flexible and allows teens to engage in activities such as drawing, Nintendo and talk or just talk!
As parents, we want to help our kids but they don’t always open up to us. Adolescent years are not easy but can be more manageable with counseling. There is so much pressure on kids and the percentage of adolescents suffering from anxiety disorders is on the rise.
At A Little Counseling, we “get it”—so much that our entire practice is dedicated to anxiety. Our therapists help adolescents build confidence, gain new coping skills, manage anger and frustration and learn how to handle anxiety. We want your teen to walk away from counseling with tools to help them manage everyday life on their own!
Weekly Training for Kids with Anxiety
Why Choose A Little Counseling for Play Therapy
A Little Counseling offers a unique form of structured play therapy. Our therapists will lead the session with fun planned activities tailored to your child’s goals. We directly practice skills with your child and recreate settings that mimic the challenges they face in classroom and home environments.
Weekly counseling sessions provide an opportunity for your child to practice how to replace unproductive thoughts with healthy ones. We believe that repetition is crucial for applying these skills in the real world.
Therapy is customized and based on in-session observations and parent input. We use our expertise to select activities that best meet your child’s goals. We introduce fresh content to keep children engaged.
Improving your child’s ability to communicate is one of our top priorities. Our therapists work to increase comfort levels with talking and expressing feelings through words. This is critical for children who experience anger, frustration, temper tantrums or stuff their feelings.
The way we talk to ourselves is just as important as the way we communicate with others. Positive self-talk is modeled by the therapist in sessions to bolster your child’s self-esteem.
The way your child reacts to situations is often automatic. They have likely used these responses for years. In classrooms and at home there are often repercussions for impulsive behaviors that negatively affect others. The counseling room is a unique place where impulse control can be learned. Our therapists teach children how to practice patience, self-awareness, social-awareness and empathy.
How Long Will My Child Be In Counseling?
Parents should have a realistic expectation when starting their child in therapy. Each child progresses at their own rate and has their own individual experience. With that considered, cognitive behavioral therapy is not magic and takes time. Let’s put it this way, how does one become a gymnast? PRACTICE. How does one learn how to play ice hockey? PRACTICE. How does one learn to manage anxiety? PRACTICE. Just like anything else in life, one has to PRACTICE!
A Fact About Anxiety
"80% of Kids with a Diagnosable Anxiety Disorder are Not Getting Treatment"
We all experience anxiety at times in our lives. It is our body's natural reaction to stressful or perceived stressful situations about what might happen. Anxiety can be motivating and help drive us successfully towards a goal and it can also interfere with our day-to-day success and productivity. Children are susceptible to these feelings as well.
If your child is having difficulty with one or any combination of the below they could likely benefit from our Play Therapy program. Our goal is to help children reach their individual therapeutic goals and be able to handle the everyday stressors that come up throughout their lives.
Does your child?
- Worry excessively
- Have trouble sleeping
- Have trouble keeping focus
- Shy around other people
- Have irritable-temper tantrums
- Avoid certain places or activities
- Have preoccupation with specific things (grammar)
- Have intrusive thoughts
- Have excessive preoccupation with order, symmety and exactness
- Take too long to complete everyday tasks
- Have difficulty making decisions
Could your child benefit from learning?
- Social skills
- Anger management techniques
- Concentration techniques
- Relationships skills
- Better communication
- Self esteem building
- New coping skills
These are all things that most people could benefit from!
Organizations & Memberships
We are devoted to bettering our company so we've established affiliations with industry partners. These organizations elevate our services by keeping us informed of new regulations and breakthroughs in our field.
Let's Break the Stigma, We All Have Issues
Everyone Can Benefit from “A Little Counseling”
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
A Little Counseling, PLLC open for in-office appointments. We continue to take the Coronavirus (COVID-19) threat very seriously and we are committed to putting forth our best effort to keeping our office as sanitary as possible. For the safety of our clients and staff we have come up with the following plan which will be carried out until further notice:
- All clients must wash their hands prior to starting their session.
- Anyone who needs to enter the waiting room must also wash their hands. We strongly discourage using the waiting room unless necessary. (ie. parents of young children can use the waiting room.) We will be monitoring the number of people in our waiting room.
- Our staff will clean/disinfect the counseling rooms before EACH SESSION. Bathroom, doorknobs and exposed surfaces in the office will be routinely disinfected as well.
- For play therapy and adolescent clients, we have purchased boxes of crayons that will be thrown out after each session. Clients will not have access to play with anything that can’t be fully disinfected or thrown away after their session.
- If your child/teen is in a group, we will be distancing the seating and will spread out around the room. We are staffed to do this.
- We encourage anyone who would like to utilize video sessions through our HIPAA compliant telehealth conferencing software to continue doing so. This is an option for anyone who is self-pay and for select insurance plans. Please call our office to inquire.
- Our staff and clients are encouraged to wear a mask and keep a minimum distance of 6 feet when possible.
While we strive to do everything in our control to keep our office safe. We also kindly ask that anyone with even the smallest symptom of illness call and cancel your appointment or utilize Telehealth sessions. If anyone would like to reschedule their appointment to an earlier time, please call us at 919-296-8100.
Thank you- Bri-Ann Richter-Abitol