Freehold Child Diagnostic Center, Inc. - Child, Adolescent & Adult Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine



Ages 8-11 

Wed 5:15pm 

$50 per session

Work on building meaningful friendships
Social appropriateness
Being open-minded
Learning responsibility for actions,
Patience and self-regulation
Confidence building





Ages 13-18 

What is a Process Group?

Group therapy is a powerful tool for growth and change. In process groups, individuals meet face to face to share their struggles and concerns with the facilitation of a trained group therapist. The power of process groups lies in the unique opportunity to receive multiple perspectives, support, encouragement and feedback from other individuals in safe and confidential environment. These interpersonal interactions can provide group members an opportunity to deepen their level of self-awareness and to learn how they relate to others.

Group goals include: increased communication skills, building healthy relationships, managing anxiety, dealing with peer pressure, increased self-esteem and empowerment.


Social Skills Groups
Boys & Girls
8-12 years old- Thursdays at 5:00pm
Facilitated by: Kelly Rosenberg, LPC

Boys & Girls
13-18 years old- Tuesdays at 6:30pm
Facilitated by: Jessica Goncalves, LPC

Group Focus to include:
Social appropriateness
Positive peer relationships
Building self-esteem
Recognizing and identifying feelings
Understanding social cues/body language
Effective socialization skills
Improve communication skills
$75 per 1 hour session



Sand Tray Process Group
(Ages 8-12 for group)
Individual sessions available for all ages- please contact office to schedule

Playing in the Sand: What Is Sand Tray Therapy and How Can It Help?  by Michelle R. Klee, Ph.D.  
Whether on a stretch of beach along a lake front or in the sand box in our back yard, most of us as children have the experience of playing in the sand. Many people probably don't know that "playing" in the sand can also be used as a counseling technique for people of all ages.

What Is Sand Tray Therapy?

Sand tray therapy is a technique which can be used to facilitate healing in adults, adolescents, and children, allowing them to express their thoughts and feelings when words alone are not enough. In addition to its therapeutic use, sand tray can be a tool for personal growth and the development of creativity.

A sand tray therapist's office is equipped with a specially proportioned sand tray with a blue interior, water and a large collection of miniatures, including human figures, fantasy and folklore figures, animals, buildings, objects from nature, vehicles, and others. The miniatures represent all of the elements of life-the good, the bad, the beautiful, the ugly, the comforting, the frightening, the happy and the sad. The therapist, who has been specially trained in the use of the sand tray, provides an accepting environment in which the client is invited to create a world in the tray using the sand and miniatures.

Though some of the people with whom I have worked express concerns that they are not creative enough to use the sand tray technique, creativity is not a requirement. There is no right or wrong way to build a world in the sand. Some people use only sand or sand and water, though most include miniature objects in creating their worlds. After the client has finished building, she or he tells the therapist about the world, sometimes making up a story about it. Together the client and therapist then discuss the ways in which what has been experienced in the sand relates to the client's life.

How Does Sand Tray Therapy Work?

People think not only in words but in images. The use of the sand and miniatures activates this nonverbal manner of thinking, allowing the client to express images, emotions, perceptions, and conflicts about which they may not be able to talk. New solutions to emotional struggles can be experimented with through the "play."
The meaning of the work in the sand tray emerges as the client shares the world with the therapist. Through the use of the sand tray, emotional struggles which previously were not conscious or could not be talked about are brought into awareness so that they can be understood and resolved. An increased capacity for self-expression, self-awareness and communication can be developed through the use of sand tray.

Who Can Benefit from Sand Tray Therapy?

The use of sand tray is very effective with children who are not yet mature enough to express complex thoughts and feelings. Most children take to the use of the sand tray very readily.

However, sand tray therapy is also a powerful therapeutic tool for adolescents and adults, with whom it can be used along with verbal therapy. Working in the sand tray allows clients to move to a deep level more quickly than they might when relying on words alone. One might compare the world created in the sand tray to a waking dream.

In my clinical work, I have found sand tray therapy particularly helpful with adults and teenagers when they are "stuck" in verbal therapy. Using the sand and the miniatures can open the way to feelings which we have been unable to reach by talk alone. For people who tend to rely too much on their intellect to the exclusion of their emotion, struggle with perfectionism, have a history of trauma or loss, or have unresolved family issues, the use of the sand tray can be especially effective. Sand tray therapy can also be employed in counseling families or couples.

“The sand play method takes the limited therapeutic possibilities of language into account with great seriousness and offers alternative means of psychic expression.”

led by Kelly Rosenberg, LPC
$75 per one hour session



Dialectical Behavior Therapy
(Ages 18-24)

Runs for 10 weeks


Facilitated by: Kelly Rosenberg, LPC
$100 per 1½ hour session

501 Iron Bridge Rd, Suite 6 Freehold, NJ 07728


If new to the practice, to determine appropriateness and admission to the groups, an intake interview with the group facilitator is required. Fee $175

For more information or to registration please do not hesitate to contact us at 732-761-1900 or by email at

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