Therapy for Children & Teenagers
I believe that parents are the experts in their families, but sometimes an outside "consultant" can help.
I enjoy working with children, teens and their families. I specialize in working with boys and teen males. I bring to this work my years of experience as a therapist and also my past experience as a social worker in the schools. As the parent of two young-adult sons, I have personal experience with the complexities of parenting.
In my work with younger children, I utilize art, games and therapeutic play to help them resolve anxieties, improve self-esteem, make friends and get along better with others.
When working with teens, I empower them to find their own voice, identify and express their own feelings and to learn skills they can use throughout their lives for dealing with challenges they may face.
I have training in the use of EMDR with children and teens and have found it to be very effective. For more information on EMDR, click here.
I commonly address the following concerns with children and teens:
- Anxieties, phobias, worries, somatic complaints
- Stress related to transitions or changes in the family such as moving or divorce
- Depression, low self-esteem, crying, sadness
- School issues, academic struggles
- ADHD, impulsivity, difficulty focusing
- Difficulties making friends, social anxiety, bullying
- Trauma, grief and loss
- Anger, tantrums, argumentative or defiant behavior.
Additionally, I work with children and families with special needs, including children on the autism spectrum and their siblings.
If you believe your child, teen or family might benefit from therapy, please do not hesitate to contact me.