Therapy for children, teens & young adults

 Welcome to Peninsula Creative Counseling LLC in Newport News, VA.

I am a Clinical Social Worker and Registered Play Therapist Supervisor with almost 20 years of experience with

children and families.

Play is the natural language for the child. They tell us so much through their play. We just have to stop and pay attention.

Play Therapy helps children with a wide range of issues to include: attachment difficulties, ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Grief and Loss, Divorce, Autism and Neurodiverse children.  

Play Therapy helps children learn prosocial skills, coping skills, as well as how to self regulate their emotions. 

Often the recommend Cognitive Behavioral Approach  (CBT) does not work for children because their brains are not yet fully developed. CBT targets the pre-frontal cortex, which develops by age 25. Children, (and anyone with a trauma history) are operating in the brainstem or primitive brain. Interventions must be targeted to this area of the brain. Play touches the primitive part of the brain, and that is why it works so well for kids and all of those with trauma.

Additional therapy utilized at PCC includes EMDR, Expressive Arts therapy, Nutritional Therapy, and Sand Tray Therapy.