Child Psychotherapy

For every parent, there are times where it becomes difficult to understand what you child may be needing.

You may have noticed a change with your child that leaves you feeling confused as to what to do to help your child. Children are often communicating their needs within their behaviors, and it is often within the experience of negative behaviors that many of the conflicts and difficulties between parent and child arise. Early intervention can reduce longterm negative effects, and increase a child’s success in self-confidence, school, and staying out of trouble.

Counseling for children allows your child to have a safe place to experiment and express difficult feelings, feelings that they themselves may not understand.

I pay close attention to what your child is communicating, that I may help the child begin to better cope with the troubling feelings. Over time, those feelings can become less overwhelming and far more manageable.

I am a Child Mental Health Specialist, and I am passionately committed toward helping families find support through difficulties. I use elements of play therapy and psychoanalytic psychotherapy in my work with young people. Play is how children often communicate for what they don’t yet have the ability in language or the cognitive development to put into words.

I keep in close contact with you, the parent, giving you support in your role as parent, as well as allowing space for feedback in your understanding of how the treatment is progressing at home.

Adolescent Psychotherapy

In my work with teenagers, I’ve seen teen guys and girls who are defiant and angry, isolating and depressed, have experienced physical or sexual abuse, teenage girls who are struggling in relationship with their parents, and teenage boys who are shy, or struggling with their identity.

I have seen young people who are really struggling in life, or those that are just needing a safe place to talk.

My work with adolescents is using elements of what is called Relational, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. I use a natural candor, and well as a persistent desire to know your teen as someone who is caught in a bind of being in-between a child and an adult. Some of the the challenges of this confusing period in life are attributed to grieving the loss of childhood and anticipation of adulthood. It is confusing, infuriating, and painful for parents as well as the youth.

Therapy can often restore relationship between you and your teenager, as well as provide a space for your teenager to form their identity and independence.

I do not work in a behavioral modification modality, meaning I don’t work toward changing child or youth’s behavior through reprimand or correction. It is my belief that a child’s behavior is a symptom of the underlying problem, and that the behavior will change as the underlying issue is addressed. Sometime’s I will bring in a teaching style in what is called Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, which is a type of therapeutic skill building that helps with managing stress, emotions, and communication skills.

I have worked with many children and adolescents with a vast variety of issues, complexities, and severities. Within much of my work, patients, parents, and families have eventually found therapy to be fun, meaningful, and transformative. This has often come from those families who are willing to change. Many families often don’t want to change until the act of NOT changing becomes unbearable. But as the family fully enters into courageous hopefulness, lasting change can happen for everyone.