Bobby throws temper tantrums at home and at school. His parents bring him to you for therapy, but Bobby refuses to answer questions and sits in your office during sessions with his arms folded until the hour is up. So what’s to be done?
Once kids are at ease, the next step is finding out not only what their life is like now, but how they would like it to be. In this brief video clip, Charlotte explains her process. “I have them start imagining what their life could be like if they weren’t so angry or if they weren’t getting in trouble all the time,” she says. “Then when they eventually tell me how they’d like things to be better, I might ask, ‘Would you be willing to learn or try some new things to get you to your goal?”
In the Networker Webcast series A New Road Map for Working with Kids and Teens, Charlotte talks about how to get young clients to outline their goals by using mindfulness techniques to make them feel safe and also bring their imaginations to life in the therapy room.