Children & Adolescents

What is Child Therapy?

Approaches for child therapy can vary broadly across the spectrum. My therapeutic approach involves a comprehensive overview of the child and family history to determine the best treatment plan for your child.

Using principles of CBT and mindfulness, among other therapies, I work with the child or teen to provide insight into their struggles. My sessions with children and teens help to improve emotional regulation and change difficult behaviors, resulting in a more peaceful home life for the whole family.

In some cases, such as attachment and trauma, individual child counseling is just one part of the puzzle when children are in therapy. The key to a successful therapy outcome is when all those who are involved in the child’s life take an active role in helping make sure that those goals for the child are maintained. In an accepting environment, I help teach families (and all important members of a child’s life) how to bring a mindful understanding to their child’s behavior. This collaborative relationship promotes awareness and helps set realistic and achievable goals for the child.

Signs your child may benefit from a consultation with a therapist:

  • developmental delay in speech, language, or toilet training
  • learning or attention problems (such as ADHD)
  • behavioral problems (such as excessive anger, acting out, bedwetting or eating disorders)
  • a significant drop in grades, particularly if your child normally maintains high grades
  • episodes of sadness, tearfulness, or depression
  • social withdrawal or isolation
  • being the victim of bullying or bullying other children
  • decreased interest in previously enjoyed activities
  • overly aggressive behavior (such as biting, kicking, or hitting)
  • sudden changes in appetite (particularly in adolescents)
  • insomnia or increased sleepiness
  • excessive school absenteeism or tardiness
  • mood swings (e.g., happy one minute, upset the next)
  • development of or an increase in physical complaints (such as headache, stomachache, or not feeling well) despite a normal physical exam by your doctor
  • management of a serious, acute, or chronic illness
  • signs of alcohol, drug, or other substance use (such as solvents or prescription drug abuse)
  • problems in transitions (following separation, divorce, or relocation)
  • bereavement issues
  • sexual, physical, or emotional abuse or other traumatic events

What I specialize in:

  • ADHD
  • Autism
  • Coping Skills
  • Developmental Disorders
  • Family Conflict
  • Oppositional Defiance
  • Peer Relationships
  • Self Esteem
  • Asperger’s Syndrome
  • Chronic Impulsivity
  • Depression
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Parenting
  • Relationship Issues
  • Trauma and PTSD

*Child EMDR: EMDR is useful for: ADD, trauma, anxiety, and phobias.