Katherine (Katie Jo) Glaves, LMFT, CMHS
Katherine (Katie Jo) Glaves, LMFT, CMHS
|Professions: Art Therapist, Marriage & Family Therapist|
|License Status: I'm a licensed professional.|
|Primary Credential: LMFT - LF60610856|
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If your child is struggling, you likely feel helpless and worried. It can be hard to not know what to do to help your child. Many children who come to me are struggling with anxiety, anger or making friends. Some have trouble sitting still in school and are often in trouble as a result. Many kids feel as helpless as their parents. When a child is struggling, that affects everyone in a family. Everyone needs to be involved to solve the problems. I work with children -and their parents- by combining art therapy, bibliotherapy and evidenced-based practices to help children find ways to thrive. Parents are involved every step of the way, because parents are crucial to their child learning and using skills. I love working with children because the skills we teach children in therapy can be used throughout their lives. It is so cool to hear a child come back to session and say, "I tried that thing we talked about-and it helped!"
Email or Call Katherine (Katie Jo) Glaves, LMFT, CMHS at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 38582
More Info About My Practice
Children need skills to be able to handle stressful situations. Sometimes they need words for emotions. Sometimes they need skills to be able to handle that emotion. With kids, I look for a "skills gap." Some kids naturally, on their own, develop ways to handle emotions. Other kids need explicit teaching on how to deal with emotions. The children who need explicit teaching have a "skills gap" that has to be filled. I try to fill that gap with useful skills and teach the child's parents about the skills their child is learning. Sometimes, in the course of a session, I uncover something we didn't know before, such as that a child is being bullied, is worried about their grandma's health or that they think they are stupid. All of these things can affect the child's ability to cope with life. By uncovering these issues, we can address them proactively and give the child skills to deal with those situations or thoughts.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
I am very skilled at helping kids who are often in trouble. If your child is getting in trouble at school and you are worried about his or her education, I can help your child get on track. With your permission, I will call your child's school and talk to them about their concerns. I can help you advocate for your child at your child's school.
I'm also great with kids who feel left out or alone. I was a bit of a quirky kid myself (still am a bit of a quirky adult!) and I know how hard it is to feel left out. I believe kids need to "find their tribe" and feel confident in being who they are. Often kids who feel left out are very anxious about it. I am great at helping kids find their tribe and deal with that anxiety.
I am also great with kids who are dealing with an internal sense of shame. Maybe they have a secret they don't want to tell. Maybe they have decided, for some reason, that they are "bad," "wrong" or "stupid." I am good at uncovering that thought and bringing it into the light, where we can address it.
On the Fence About Going to Therapy?
Sometimes parents are on the fence about taking their child therapy. They may have a view that child therapists are all play therapists who practice child-directed play and do not involve parents. I certainly play with kids and do art with kids, but always with a purpose and always with a skill I want the child to develop in mind.
Parents often sometimes say "Well, I don't know if my child really needs therapy. He might grow out of it." It is true sometimes children grow out of negative behaviors. But if that negative behavior is affecting the child's ability to learn, have good relationships or make friends then that behavior is likely impacting the child's development. Also, some behaviors become ingrained if we do not address them. It is much harder to change the behavior of a 13 year old than it is of a 5 year old. You have more influence on your child when they are young. Therefore, if you are concerned about something, I encourage you to address it now. Don't wait until it is ingrained.
That said, sometimes parents come to be concerned about things that are developmentally appropriate. If one of your concerns is something that is typical of children your child's age, I'm going to tell you so you don't have to worry about it anymore!
Importance of the Client-Therapist Alliance
Children need to have a good relationship with their therapist. I see therapists as a "third kind" of adult for kids. Therapists are not parents Therapists are not teachers. Therapists are kind, caring adults who help the child learn skills and ways to cope. Therapists are focused on what the child wants and needs, while also setting caring limits. Therapists help parents parent better and help teachers by giving the child skills for success in school. I develop a good relationship with kids by explaining why I ask the questions I ask, being genuinely curious, and genuinely enjoying being around kids. I like kids. I like working with them. I think kids sense that, which helps our relationship grow and strengthen.
Services I Provide
- Art Therapy
- Creative Arts Therapy
- Family Therapy
- Individual Therapy & Counseling
Ages I Work With
Groups I Work With
Children with behavioral problems, children with anxiety, families, children with ADHD, teens who struggle with friend, children with social skills problems, children on the spectrum, teens on the spectrum, children who have been bullied, teens who self-harm
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