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Child Therapy

Creative Art Therapy helps children manage anxiety, heal from trauma, and overcome fears by expressing their feelings in a way that makes sense to them.

Offering in-person and online art therapy across New York and New Jersey.

Child Therapy Can Help Your Child

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Navigate Feelings

Sometimes words can’t capture a child’s world

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When kids are dealing with strong feelings like fear, worry, or sadness, they often don’t have the words to convey how they are feeling. Instead of talking, they might act out how they feel through behaviors like withdrawing from loved ones, having tantrums, or exhibiting signs of restlessness and agitation.

We provide a safe space for your child to express themselves and explore their feelings.


Is your child experiencing challenges such as:

A Deeper Look Into Child Therapy

At Creative Arts Therapy Source, we believe that creative expression transcends language, providing a space where children can tell us what they are feeling, even when they don’t fully understand it themselves.

Art and play therapy takes the pressure off of the child by not asking them to try and find the words that describe their emotions but allowing them to draw, paint, act, or do anything else that feels right to them. When a child feels the weight of expectation to ‘explain’ their feelings, it can become daunting. But give them a brush, some clay, or a stage to act, and you unlock a world where feelings flow freely, and stories unfold naturally!

Most importantly, creative therapy sets a comfortable, playful atmosphere for our therapy sessions, helping children relax and enjoy their time here.
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How does creative arts therapy work?

In our child therapy sessions, we adapt the approach to best fit your child’s personality and individual needs. We may incorporate a variety of play and expressive techniques, such as:

Art Therapy
Art therapy is more than drawing beautiful pictures—it’s about letting kids find their voice in colors, shapes, and strokes. Art therapy offers them a canvas to pour their emotions such as anxiety, fear, or sadness into, turning intangible feelings into visible forms. This process is therapeutic, allowing children to process, confront, and understand their emotions.
Art therapy can include activities such as:
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Sculpting
  • Sand tray therapy
  • Collage making
  • Music and dance
  • Story art

Compared to traditional talk therapy, art therapy is often more intuitive for kids. The familiar brushes,
paints, and crayons make it accessible and non-threatening. Remember, every brushstroke is a step
toward healing, understanding, and growth.

Imaginative play, often referred to as pretend play or make-believe, is a cornerstone of child
development that provides a window into their understanding of the world, their desires, fears, and
relationships. By diving into these fantasy realms, children work through real-life challenges, fears, and
joys. It’s a safe space where they can rehearse, relive, or reimagine situations, processing them at their
own pace.

When we use imaginative play in therapy sessions, it can include things like:

  • Role-playing
  • Puppet shows
  • Dress up
  • Building worlds
  • Exploring nature
  • and more!

Unlike conventional talk therapy, imaginative play resonates deeply with kids—it’s their natural
language. By actively participating or simply observing, therapists can glean valuable insights into a
child’s inner world, making therapeutic interventions subtle yet effective.

Play is the universal language of children. Through games, toys, and playful interactions, children not
only entertain themselves but also communicate, learn, and heal. Play therapy harnesses this natural
inclination, allowing children to express their feelings, confront challenges, and work through difficult
experiences. In the safe, controlled environment of a therapy room, even complex issues like trauma or
grief can be approached with the gentle touch of play.

Play therapy can include aspects of art therapy and imaginative play, but we may also use activities
such as:

  • Therapeutic toys
  • Board games
  • Dolls and dollhouses
  • Water play
  • Building blocks

This approach is often more effective for children than traditional talk therapy, as it operates within their
natural mode of communication and exploration. It’s not just about having fun; it’s about understanding,
healing, and growing—one playful moment at a time.

Dance Movement Therapy is about letting feelings flow through movement. It’s a chance for kids to
shake off worries and express themselves in a fun, physical way. Through dancing, children can explore
emotions and challenges in a way that feels natural to them. Our therapists guide them through each
step, helping them find their rhythm. Whether in a group or one-on-one, the moving and grooving in
Dance Movement Therapy can be paired with other therapy methods like anxiety management or
distress tolerance. The aim is to help children find a harmonious balance between their bodies and
emotions, all while building self-confidence and resilience in a joyful, energetic setting.

Drama therapy allows children to step into different roles and scenarios, providing a safe space to explore feelings and challenges. Unlike the structured talk of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, drama therapy brings a touch of creative adventure, making the process of unearthing and addressing negative thoughts a captivating experience. By acting out, children can see their situations from new angles, making sense of their emotions and actions in a playful yet impactful way. Our therapists facilitate a narrative that feels right for each child and turn therapy sessions into exciting acts of self- discovery.

Music has a magical way of reaching into our hearts and souls, and with music therapy, it becomes a
powerful tool for healing and expression. Through the melodies, rhythms, and harmonies, children find a
voice that might be hard to capture with words alone. Instead of talking through challenges, they can
sing, play an instrument, or even just listen to resonate with their emotions. While traditional methods like
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy dive into thought patterns, music therapy dances with emotions, providing
an immersive experience that resonates deeply. By harnessing the universal language of music, we aim
to empower children to harmonize their inner world, building confidence, understanding, and a heartfelt
connection to the world around them.

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Why Work With Creative Arts Therapy Source

Janeen Chasan | Founder and Clinical Director | Licensed Creative Arts Therapist | Creative Arts Therapy Source | New York and New Jersey

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We provide child therapy that is:

Janeen Chasan | Founder and Clinical Director | Licensed Creative Arts Therapist | Creative Arts Therapy Source | New York and New Jersey

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At Creative Arts Therapy Source, art isn’t just an activity; it’s a language that allows you to express your deepest emotions, fears, dreams, and hopes. Your artwork becomes a window that offers a comprehensive view into your pain, experiences, and the hopes you have for the future.

We want therapy to be a joyful, enlightening, and playful exploration where you are free to express yourself in a way that feels right to you. Talk therapy, with the support of art therapy, can help you uncover a new perspective.

We want to help you tell your story

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How Our Child Therapy Works

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We Listen

Our first step is to truly understand your child’s challenges, strengths, and needs. We will meet with you and your child to learn their story.

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We Develop A Plan

Together, we’ll tailor a plan with the approach that best resonates with your child. This is not a one-size-fits-all approach, but a personalized roadmap towards their well-being.

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We Help You Reach Your Goals

With regular sessions, we use art therapy and other psychotherapy modalities to continuously improve your child’s well-being, supporting their journey towards lasting change.

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Positive Outcomes From Child Therapy

Every child is unique, and comes to therapy with different needs. While we can’t guarantee specific results or a set timeline, we do know that with consistency, you may start to see improvements in your child’s behavior over time, such as:

Questions About Child Therapy

Will art therapy help?
Yes! When a child is experiencing intense feelings of fear, anxiety, or sadness they will usually act out in a behavior rather than talking about how they feel. Children do not have the vocabulary to fully express how they feel or what’s on their minds and hearts. When we introduce art therapy, a child can use a non-threatening and accessible mode of communication. Art materials are familiar to children. A trained and skilled art therapist will know the perfect art media for your child to use to express and organize their feelings and thoughts about a particular event or experience.

We see children as young as 5 at our practice. When working with children that young, play therapy and imaginative play are the best ways for children to work through big emotions. We utilize games, toys, and puppets in our play therapy sessions with young children. Play is a fun and non-threatening way for a child to work through feelings and communicate traumatic events and experiences.

Parents are invited to stay in the session until their child feels secure enough for them to leave. In our experience, this usually happens by session 2 or 3. At the end of every session, our therapist will share some of the session with the parent while reserving most of the session details for a private phone call or session without the child present. Our therapists love collaborative parents who will implement any tools and approaches we suggest they utilize outside therapy to maximize their child’s success at achieving their goals.

It’s not uncommon for children to initially resist or feel uncertain about therapy. After all, it’s a new experience, and the unfamiliar can be daunting. Our therapists are trained specifically for these challenges. They utilize a variety of fun, engaging techniques, such as games, art, and storytelling, that resonate with children. The therapy room becomes a space of exploration and play, which helps in breaking down initial hesitations. Over time, as trust builds and children realize they’re in a safe, non-judgmental space, their enthusiasm to participate typically grows.

The idea that therapy might make a person dependent is a concern for many, but child therapy’s very design is to do the opposite. Our approach focuses on giving children tools, coping mechanisms, and problem-solving strategies they can use in their day-to-day lives. These skills are practiced within sessions and then gradually transferred to real-life situations, ensuring your child feels confident using them independently. The therapist acts as a guide, helping kids recognize their strengths and teaching them how to tap into those strengths outside the therapy environment. The ultimate goal is for your child to internalize these skills, so they become self-reliant and resilient in the face of challenges.


How To Get Started

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Celebrating every child’s unique journey.

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