A toddler proudly playing with toys
A toddler proudly playing with toys
A woman and a child meditating


What is the difference between social worker, LPC, Psychologists and Psychiatrist?

Mostly the difference is the theoretical approach or therapy style; however social workers, Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and Psychologist provides therapy analysis, family therapy, cognitive behavioral, dialectical behavioral therapy and other types of therapy. A Psychiatrist is different as they manage medication. Some Psychiatrists provide therapy as well, but most only offer medication management and refer to a therapist to collaborate for therapy.

Can You Provide a Diagnosis?

Yes, an LPC can diagnose psychological disorders. If I think the child requires further evaluation or assessment, I will refer to another professional for medication services.

Should Parents be in sessions?

If the child is over 5 years of age, they often are more responsive and open without parents being present. If the child is under the age of 5 in most cases the work needs to be dyadic, and the parent needs to participate in the therapy. At any time, if the child is upset/anxious without parents present, or if there are issues between child and parent that need to be mitigated together, the parent may be included in the session.

Do you just play with the child?

From an outside perspective it appears that the child just comes to play, but the work of children is usually not through their words but their actions. They use the toys, sand-tray, playhouse, puppets, arts, and games as a way to access their issue and work through the issue through play.

At what age can children come to therapy?

No one is too young for therapy. Children as young as 2 years of age have difficulty managing emotions and feelings. This will also support parents to have skills and strategies for handling the child’s behavior.