It can be hard to get around your young clients’ defense systems so that the good, therapeutic information gets through.

That’s why Charlotte Reznick, author of The Power of Your Child’s Imagination, uses “animal friends” with her young clients—imaginary creatures she helps kids invent to express their feelings, cope with problems, and even practice new behaviors in therapy and outside.

In this brief video clip, Charlotte explains how you can do this too.

Charlotte Reznick

Charlotte Reznick, PhD, an educational psychologist, is associate clinical professor emeritus of psychology at UCLA. She’s the author of The Power of Your Child’s Imagination: How to Transform Stress and Anxiety into Joy and Success.