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Therapeutic Services for Children (ages 8 & up)
111 7th St.    Suite 101   Garden City, NY 11530                                               Copyright © Michelle Ambalu Web Design, 2013
Expressing thoughts and feelings in a way that helps us to feel understood by others is one of the most important abilities we can possess.  Many issues children experience often result from barriers hindering the growth of this ability.  We facilitate the development of this ability by helping children and their families identify and express their feelings in a way they have not been able to before.  

We treat children ages 8 and up with anxiety, sadness, behavioral difficulties, poor social skills, trauma, bereavement, coping with divorce, and many other issues.   Some of these issues result in part from a child's inability to express themselves authentically due to their belief that others may not accept their feelings.  Children need adults to communicate to them that their feelings are acceptable and not dangerous, wrong, or silly.  Despite parents' love and best intentions for their children, sometimes the help of a skilled therapist is needed to assist parents in communicating this to their children in a way they can understand and take in.  

In our work with children we utilize their heightened imagination and creative potential to explore their thoughts and feelings and help them gain mastery.  Children do well with insight-oriented work due to their decreased resistance to exploring abstract thoughts, feelings and dreams with talk and play therapy.  This allows work to be done on a deeper level, allowing for lasting change.  

When your child is in our office drawing a picture, playing a game, or even singing us a song, they are letting us into their inner life through story-telling.  Our job is to notice themes, patterns, and potential feelings present in their stories, and to help them process and communicate their inner life to others.  With therapy, a child gets the opportunity to recreate their world with us, practice social skills, process and overcome scary feelings and prior trauma, and to triumph.

We meet regularly with parents to share our observations, learn what is occurring in the child’s life from the family's perspective, obtain feed back and to offer suggestions for how parents can support their child’s therapy.  We are also here to listen to you as a parent or care-taker and to support you during your child's treatment.

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Garden City Therapy is in Nassau County of Long Island nearby Franklin Square, Floral Park, Mineola, Hempstead, New Hyde Park, Carle Place, Uniondale, Westbury, and also serves: Merrick, Lynbrook, Rockville Centre, Oceanside and Long Beach. Office is located close to the LIRR. 

We are therapists in Garden City, NY providing adult teen, and child counseling.  We are licensed social workers and psychotherapists informed by over 10 years of experience and specialize in Anxiety Disorders, Mood Disorders, and Relational Issues as well as coping skills development.

In addition to private practice in Garden City, we have worked at mental health clinics and hospital settings in Long Island and Queens providing counseling and psychotherapy to individuals and families.