I specialize is working with children ages 6-10 years-old. Child therapy can be helpful for kids to explore a variety of emotional and behavioral concerns. Childhood is full of challenges, growth, and ongoing transitions, which can be overwhelming and difficult to express throughout developmental stages. As a Child Mental Health Specialist, I have experience working with children for an array of reasons. Children in counseling need a safe and comfortable space to express their thoughts and feelings. I utilize various techniques and modalities that are unique to each youth's individual needs. Issues and symptoms I help children and adolescents:
Adoption, Adjustment in school or home, ADHD, Anger Management, Anxiety or Fear, Attachment Issues, Autism, Behavioral Issues, Blended Families & Remarriage, Coping Skills, Communication Issues, Depression & Mood, Divorce, Emotional Abuse, Emotional Disturbance, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems & Conflict, Grief & Loss, Health & Body Image, Identity Issues, Impulse Control, Life Coaching, Life Changes, Low Self-Esteem, Oppositional Defiance, Peer Relationships, Physical Abuse, Relationship Issues, Self-Harming, Sleep Disturbances, Social Skills & Challenges, Suicidal Ideation or Suicidal Thoughts, Transitions, Trauma and PTSD
How long will my child be in therapy?
Therapy is unique to each individual child. The length of therapy will vary for each youth and there is no "set" amount of sessions that is required, it is dependent upon each child or adolescent's journey. A timeline can be discussed at anytime, as well as progress and current therapeutic goals.
My child is hyper- will they have to go on medications?
Therapy can help provide awareness of behaviors and actions, in addition to learning coping skills that can help reduce hyperactivity. It will be important to consult with a medical provider such as a psychiatrist, doctor, or psychiatric nurse for additional information regarding medications.
My child refuses to go to therapy; Now What?
It's important to recognize that it may be anxiety of the unknown, which is driving children to refuse talking to a counselor. I have discovered that once children attend the first therapy session, they realize that it is a safe and comfortable space that is non-judgmental. They often recognize how much they enjoy talking to somebody that is solely there to listen to them, as well as having an objective point of view.
Ages I work with:
Young Adults (19-25ish)