Bethany Root, MS, LCMHCA, NCC
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I use play therapy techniques, expressive arts, and mindfulness to help children build a sense of "okayness" from the inside out.
Is your child experiencing big feelings that seem unmanageable? Does your child cope with anxiety by people-pleasing or shutting down? When it comes to your child's behaviors, do you value connection over compliance? If so, I am here to help. I primarily work with children ages 3-10 struggling with anxiety, grief, stressful life transitions, and past trauma. I'll support your child in developing a secure sense of self and resilience in the face of life's challenges.
I use child-centered play therapy techniques, expressive arts, and mindfulness in my work with children to facilitate deep inner healing, growth, and development. During our time together, your child will learn how to connect to self by attuning to their feelings, needs, and bodies while processing challenges through symbolic play. By doing so, your child will increase their self-awareness, build their capacity to self-regulate, and develop confidence in their ability to handle difficult emotions and situations.
My work with children is also guided by the belief that healing can only happen when caring adults focus on children’s underlying needs for connection and safety, rather than external symptoms, behaviors, and compliance. We can teach children endless coping skills, but a child will still struggle if they aren't connected enough to self to know when to use them, don't have confidence in themselves to make it through their distress, and don't have a trusted adult to provide coregulation during the learning process. During our sessions, I model self-regulation while helping children build a foundation of self-awareness and self-trust.
Specialties & Clinical Interests
- Adoption & Fostering
- Grief & Loss
- Oppositional/Defiant Behavior
- Phobias & Fears
- School Performance
- Sexual Abuse
- Stress/Stress Management
- Trauma & Ptsd
- Client-Centered Therapy
- Play Therapy & Sandtray
- Somatic Therapy