Child Therapy

I enjoy working with children, teens and their families and assisting them to navigate the fast paced growth and changes they experience.

Specialties for children, teens, and families include:

  • Decreasing behavioral issues
  • Elevating depressed mood and coping with anxiety
  • Assisting with school problems
  • Improving self esteem and social skills
  • Addressing cutting and substance abuse
  • Assisting young adults to become self-sufficient
  • Strengthening parenting skills
  • Adjusting to blended families
  • Single parent issues

Why do Children and Teens need Therapy?

Children experience rapid growth as they go through the various developmental stages in which they acquire improved language, cognitive, motor, social and emotional skills. As children are experiencing these changes their emotions and behavior are impacted. Children tend to have limited ways to express themselves, which can lead to feelings of frustration and acting out behavior. Rapid mood changes and not understanding can cause parents to feel confused and unsure about the best way to respond. My work with children is focused on assisting them to learn to identify their feelings, gain skills to cope with them and express them appropriately, improve behavior, and assist caregivers to reinforce these skills.

Adolescence is both an exciting and challenging time where significant social, emotional, intellectual and physical growth occurs. Often adolescents can experience challenges and struggles throughout this developmental stage that can lead to acting out behavior and emotional problems. Anxiety, depression, loneliness, low self-esteem, school problems and drug use can become more prevalent during this time. I have extensive experience working with teens with emotional and behavioral problems and feel passionately about supporting teens through the time of adolescence. My specialties with teens include decreasing behavioral problems, assisting with academic difficulties and low motivation for school, enhancing self-esteem and social skills, and assisting with the elevation of sad and anxious moods. I involve parents in the process as much as possible.

What does Psychotherapy for Children and Teens Entail?

For children the therapy I provide involves assisting them to communicate their thoughts and feelings through verbal and nonverbal means, such as talk, art therapy, and play. Children receive assistance to learn how to express their thoughts appropriately and cope with their feelings in non-destructive ways. I highly involve parents when their children are in therapy. Parenting skills are strengthened to reinforce the therapy and support the child’s growth. These include improving the ability to set limits, increasing structure at home, and utilizing positive reinforcement and age appropriate consequences.

What potential benefits are there from child therapy?

The therapist and client, and often other family members, discuss a myriad of issues, events, experiences and memories for the purpose of creating positive change so the youth can experience his/her life more fully. Participating in therapy may result in a number of benefits for children and teens including reduced stress and anxiety, increased self-confidence, a decrease in negative thoughts and self-sabotaging behaviors, improved interpersonal relationships, increased comfort in social, school, and family settings, and increased motivation for academics. However no particular outcome or prediction on length of treatment can be guaranteed, as success depends on numerous factors including the varying nature and severity of problems, the individuality of each patient, the child’s willingness to participate and the parent’s level of involvement.

What communication will I have with you when my child is in therapy?

Teens and children benefit most from psychotherapy when his/her parents are supportive of the therapeutic process and work collaboratively with the therapist. Therefore, we encourage family involvement. Parents should be aware that psychotherapy can only be effective if there is a trusting and confidential relationship between therapist and client. Although parents can expect to be kept up to date on their child’s progress in therapy, parents will typically not be privy to detailed discussions between therapist and client. However, parent’s can expect to be informed in the event of any serious concerns therapist might have regarding the safety or wellbeing of their child.