April is Counseling Awareness Month. It’s a time to thank the counselors and therapists who help us, but it’s also a time to learn about the benefits of counseling. Magination Press has several books that introduce therapy to kids and explain how it can help kids feel better. 

A Child’s First Book About Play Therapy
By Marc A. Nemiroff, PhD and Jane Annunziata, PsyD

Children entering therapy have many questions and many fears. And this book has many answers! In large print and clear terms, using Margaret Scott’s jubilant, witty illustrations, the book explains concepts such as confidentiality (“that’s the only really big word in this book!”), the special bond between therapist and child, and the ways that therapy can help children feel better and help their problems become smaller. It’s an essential guide to a potentially difficult situation.

Feeling Better: A Kid’s Book About Therapy
By Rachel Rashkin 

Feeling Better is Maya’s journal during a year that starts out sad, angry, and confused, and ends — with the help of therapy — with the return of her confident grin.

Feeling Better is an information packed chronicle that will reassure children who are entering therapy by answering their concerns about what’s normal and what to expect. Feeling Better is Maya’s journal during a year that starts out sad, angry, and confused, and ends — with the help of therapy — with the return of her confident grin. “Being in therapy can be fun and exciting, and it can also be hard and a little scary,” says Maya. “But you end up feeling really proud of yourself.”

Some Bunny To Talk To: A Story About Going To Therapy
By Cheryl Sterling, PhD, Paola Conte, PhD, and Larissa Labay, PsyD

Some Bunny To Talk To is an award-winning picture book for children ages four to eight. It presents therapy in a way that is simple, direct, and easy for young children to understand. Children will hear about what to expect from therapy and how therapists are very good at helping kids to solve problems. They will learn about the ins and outs of therapy and that therapy can be a positive and helpful experience!

Someone To Talk To: Getting Good At Feeling Better
By Paola Conte, PhD, Cheryl Sterling, PhD, and Larissa Labay, PsyD

Therapy can be intimidating for anyone, and even more so for children. Someone To Talk To is a straightforward and interactive guide to help children, ages six to eleven, through the therapy process. It covers what to expect, how to prepare, and tips for wrapping up. It also includes helpful activities to use before, after, and in conjunction with therapy, as well as useful everyday tools and coping strategies.

Tanya And The Tobo Man / Tanya Y El Hombre Tobo: A Story For Children Entering Therapy
By  Lesley Koplow, CSW 

All children find the world a scary place at times. But when children’s fears seem to linger and prevent them from enjoying life at home and adjusting well at school, parents may seek professional help.

In this beautifully illustrated book designed to help children who are entering therapy, Tanya and her mother—after some hesitation—seek outside help to combat her imaginary demon, the invisible but terrifying Tobo Man.

Written in both English and Spanish, this book uses story to explore what therapy for children is all about.

“Simple, informative and encouraging, this delightful story should be a great aid to that large group of apprehensive parents and children who could benefit from professional psychological help.”

—Henry H. Paul, MD, faculty, Department of Psychiatry, Mt. Sinai Medical Center and Columbia University

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