The early childhood period

For children ages 0-5, any changes to their environment may affect dynamics at home. Life stressors can lead to emotional and behavioral changes in young children. The younger a child is, the more affected that they are by their environment. This thought is almost entirely different from what most of us hope. 

Most of the work with children these ages involves a participating caregiver. We use toys and play as a way to support you and your little ones. Sessions alone with caregivers involve discussing concerns you might have and exploring techniques to address them.

 

I provide services to support the wellbeing of the family and the connection between parents and their children. In our sessions, we work on:

 

  • Strengthening your relationship with your little ones

  • Learning developmentally appropriate expectations 

  • Processing any trauma the family might have experienced

  • Incorporating attachment-based limit setting when redirection or discipline is needed

PLAY THERAPY

Play is the language of children and toys are their words. Online play therapy sessions offer children the opportunity to explore emotional concerns that may be affecting their wellbeing, the family, and school progress. Most of the sessions involve some parental involvement to explore concerns and ensure that the family is well supported.

 

In play therapy, we use toys, art supplies, and different forms of creativity to resolve emotional and behavioral concerns. Therapeutic play is different from any other playtime as the goal is to support your little one in processing difficult emotions, traumas, and concerns that are affecting their wellbeing.

RELATIONSHIP-BASED SLEEP CONSULTING

Sleep is crucial for our cognitive functioning as well as for children’s healthy development. Sleep training can help you to decrease your risk of experiencing mental health complications. Sleep consulting involves creating a detailed sleep plan using very gentle, nurturing, and developmentally matched methods to help your little one fall and remain asleep independently. Sleep training is appropriate for children ages four months old and above. For younger babies, we create plans focused on understanding developmental needs, decreasing your baby’s reliance on sleep props, safe sleep practices, and establishing a routine. I do not use “Ferber” or “cry-it-out” methods as the only way babies communicate discomfort and needs is through crying.

SLEEP CONSULTING PACKAGES

All packages include a complete assessment of your baby’s sleep, a personalized step-by-step sleep plan, and a survival guide for bumps in the road. Importantly, all the work is done through a relationship-based lens to ensure that it meets the needs of your little one(s) and your family.

2 WEEK BUNDLE 

$550  

2 weeks of unlimited email and text message support

2 phone calls per week

2 follow up emails for ongoing support

UNLIMITED 3 WEEK PACKAGE 

$450
3 weeks of unlimited email support.

UNLIMITED 2 WEEK PACKAGE 

$350
2 weeks of unlimited email support.

UNLIMITED 7 DAY PACKAGE

$275
1 week of unlimited email support.

3 EMAIL PACKAGE 

$200
2 emails for follow-up support.

Once you complete the assessment and payment, I will review your information within 24 hours. If needed, we will schedule a time to talk over the phone to discuss any information that is not clear from the assessment. You will then receive your customized sleep plan in your inbox within 48 hours. Depending on the package you choose, we will schedule a time to support you and your little ones.

If you would like to explore a consultation to see if we are a good fit or want to learn more about my practice, contact me at meyleen@hummingbirdcounseling.com or fill out the form on the contact page. I try to respond to all requests within 48-business hours. 

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INFANTS & YOUNG CHILDREN

Are you worried about your infant or toddler's development? Have you had a recent change in your household? Divorce? Separation? Death? Did your little one see or hear something scary? Are you concerned about your relationship with your young child(ren)? Are you worried about being a good enough parent?

 

"Sleep deprivation may play an important role in the severity of symptoms that may begin during pregnancy due to hormonal and other changes in the mother’s body and worsen after birth due to the demands of caring for an infant"

Mental Health America. (n.d). Position statement 49: Perinatal Mental Health. retrieved from https://www.mhanational.org/issues/position-statement-49-perinatal-mental-health

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