Amy Garmon

Mask Therapy in Play Therapy: Giving A Face to Invisible Wounds

For those who celebrate Halloween each year, you know how exciting it can be to look through costumes and masks at the store as you decide who or what you want to be for the holiday. For therapists and clients at ChildSavers, these masks have worth beyond trick-or-treating. Masks (mask therapy) can be used in …

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ChildSavers client looking out to Overlook at clinic during outpatient therapy session

How a child dealt with trauma: Eric’s Story

Five-year-old Eric witnessed teenaged boys break into his house and violently assault his mother. Eric was understandably traumatized by this event and believed that he needed to “get big so I can beat up other people and save my mom!” Eric had difficulty expressing his fears and emotions to our Immediate Response program clinician, who arrived …

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ChildSavers mental health client looking over Richmond at the ChildSavers Overlook and clinic

Finding Quality Child Care: Ian’s Story

ChildSavers‘ Child Development Services Department was contacted by an Eastern Henrico County child care center that was prepared to expel Ian, a 4-year-old boy exhibiting challenging behavior. The center felt they didn’t have the resources to care for him, and his classroom teacher had presented an ultimatum: if Ian was not removed, she would resign. Ian, …

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Rhythm for Children

Stop. Listen. What do you hear? In this blog post, Mental Health Services Program Supervisor, Bob Nickles shares how anyone can use rhythm and mindfulness to improve their listening game, especially with children. Listening and Mindfulness Humans make noises constantly. When someone enters the room, we know. When someone changes their breathing, we know. These …

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ChildSavers’ Journey Towards Cultural Competency

We were founded to reach out and help children. Today ChildSavers is making a deliberate effort to develop culturally responsive services. We aim to address the needs of those we serve respectfully. Further, we understand the importance of recognizing the different beliefs, practices, cultural, and linguistic needs of our diverse populations. To this end, we …

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Communicating Without Words: Sand Tray in Therapy

A child with a history of neglect comes to the therapist’s office and will not speak. A mother who is overwhelmed with grief comes to the therapist’s office and cannot talk through her tears. A teenager comes to the therapist’s office and does not say a word. He is only in counseling because a judge …

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