Child & Adolescent Counseling

Is your child or teenager struggling and you don’t know how to help them? Has your child experienced physical abuse, sexual abuse, or trauma?  Do you have concerns about any of the following: suicidal thoughts, self harming, refusal to attend school, poor academic achievement, substance use, disruptive behaviors, physical aggression, anger, anxiety, sensory issues, hyperactivity, sleep disturbance, boundaries, shutting down, defiance, isolation, depression, developmental disabilities, or intellectual disabilities?

Adria Rigg, LLC provides counseling to children and teenagers ages 0-18. When working with children, our therapists use Synergetic Play Therapy, the first research-informed model to blend neuroscience, attachment/attunement, therapist authenticity, physics, emotional congruence, nervous system regulation, and mindfulness/mindsight. While adults find relief in talking about their difficulties, children often cannot express their thoughts and feelings in words.  Therefore, it is helpful for children to express themselves naturally through play.  Play therapy allows children to recreate experiences in therapy that remind them of past or current challenges.  In this controlled setting, our therapists help children become fully aware of their physical sensations, emotions, thoughts, and interactions with others.  The therapist then teaches and models new ways the child can think about or respond to their challenges.  Once the child begins to realize and try on these new choices, the therapist highlights these cognitive and behavioral changes to reinforce the pattern in the child’s brain and nervous system.

Adria Rigg, LLC always involves parents in the therapy process to enhance the child’s growth and development.  Our therapists will provide you with frequent updates about your child’s progress and strategies you can utilize at home.  At times, your therapist may recommend family therapy sessions to help you and your child practice new skills together.  In accordance with state law, teenagers 15 years old or older may participate in therapy without parental consent.