Genuine Heart Counseling, LLC

Chandra Lontz-Smith, MA, LPC

970-815-1399

16 Mountain View Ave, Suite 112

Longmont, CO, 80501

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Child Therapy

Looking into therapy for your child is a tough thing.

Looking for therapy for yourself is one thing, but for your kiddo….

that’s something else entirely.

We’re ready to celebrate our children, to throw them parties. We’re available to listen when a friend doesn’t treat them well or they’re mad at their brother. But rarely are we ready to put our kiddo in therapy. 

We might be able to admit that it’s not working the way we’re doing it, but it’s easier when that’s an inside voice. Making the actual call to a therapist to explain how unmanageable life feels or telling a friend or teacher that little Janie is in therapy… yup, that’s a different story.

So, take a breath right now. Feel your feet or your seat. Feel your body breathing, for just a moment.

Cuz if you’ve read this far you might be living what I’m writing.

You might be making the phone call to help your child feel better, but tending to yourself is going to be an integral part of your child’s healing.

So start right now by taking a pause and a loving breath, right to your heart.

There are dozens of reasons parents call 

  • Aggressive behaviors at school

  • Not respecting others

  • Resistance to discipline

  • Raging

  • 30-45 minute meltdowns

  • Difficulty with transitions

  • Self harm

  • Strong self-criticism

  • Low impulse control

  • Anxious or Hypervigilant

  • Isolation and withdrawal on the play ground

  • Struggles to connect with family or peers

  • Afraid to try new things

  • Cries easily

  • Seems bored or uninterested most of the time

  • Lost interest in activities they used to enjoy

  • Self doubt

  • Significant changes in appetite or sleep patterns

  • Low self-esteem

  • Excessive shyness

And there are countless situations

that can lead to this

Here's a list of a few:

  • Recent moves

  • New siblings

  • Medical procedures

  • Pre-birth and/or birth trauma

  • Sexual, physical or emotional abuse

  • Death or illness in the family

  • Changes in family structure

  • Divorce

  • Foster care and adoption

  • And sometimes there doesn’t seem to be a specific “trigger” and your kiddo is still having a tough time.

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But with a little support, it doesn't have to stay that way.

I want to help your family get back to having fun.

Play is the language children use to communicate their perception of the world as well as how they explore emotions, choices, behaviors and consequences. 

Synergetic Play Therapy™ is a child-directed model of play therapy that encourages children to bring these explorations to life. Click here for more on the philosophy.

With the ability to lead the play and the support of a safe, respectful relationship with a therapist, children gain greater insight into their internal world of emotions and bodily sensations and greater insight into the perceived challenges in their world. 

 

As the therapist teaches emotional regulation techniques, such as naming emotions, breathing, bilateral stimulation (like squeezing or patting her legs), and body awareness, children begin gaining access to alternative ways of handling life situations.

What Can Synergetic Play Therapy Do For Your Child?

Reduce

  • Anxiety

  • Aggressive behaviors

  • Defiance

  • Nightmares

  • Outbursts

  • Excessive Shyness

  • Withdrawal

Increase

  • Self-Esteem

  • Empathy

  • Confidence

  • Consideration

  • Cooperation

  • Patience

My approach draws on the compassion and experience that comes from many years as a partner and step mom, a lot of mindfulness, a strong passion for self-care and relational dynamics and my specialty training in Synergetic Play Therapy, which is all about development, attachment, attunement, understanding our nervous systems and emotional regulation. 

What does your nervous system have to do with supporting your family? 

It’s all about Regulation, which means creating:

Options for managing energy and behavior when we feel stressed or upset (dys-regulated)

Reconnection with ourselves

Tools that help us move more confidently and kindly toward our experiences,

even the tough ones

Please give me a call.

I’d love to share more! This is one of the most exciting things I have discovered in my life, helping both me and my clients live more compassionately and skillfully in the midst of whatever might come our way.

Don’t get me wrong, this does take practice. But even that journey has been a wonderful discovery into myself and how to better care for me. I would love to be part of that journey with you.

Through my experiences with clients, I am continually inspired by the profound potential of our brains and bodies to naturally support healing and transformation. My enthusiasm for Synergetic Play Therapy™ comes from this profound potential, its emphasis on child directed play and its roots in authentic expression, attachment, and neuroscience. 

I love this opportunity of supporting children, through their own language, as they gain better access to their own resources of emotional regulation and perspective. I also love working with parents, whether this is encouraging them to find what’s already working for them; exploring alternative options for managing conflict and discipline, making more effective requests, and establishing healthy, helpful boundaries; or brainstorming for creative techniques for their own self care.

Synergetic Play Therapy is considered more that just a model of play therapy. Lisa Dion, its founder (2008) claims that it is a way of life, and as a SPT-oriented clinician since 2012, I wholeheartedly agree! I'd love to share these ideas with you. 

Give me a call if you think I might be a good fit for you and your family.  

Exciting News!!

I am now trained in Hand in Hand Parenting!

I am grateful for the opportunity to share these tools now during parenting consults, parent coaching sessions as well as group parent classes and local community presentations.

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16 Mountain View Ave #112, Longmont, CO 80501, USA

(970) 815-1366