WORKING WITH CHILDREN

When does my child need therapy? 

When you or your child's teacher notice that your child is struggling, it can be difficult to determine the next step. Sometimes children go through phases, sometimes they need more structure, hugs, information, discipline, and sometimes just more time to grow. However, if you think you child suffers from depression, anxiety or is having trouble socially it maybe time to check in for some professional help.  

Kids struggle for a variety of reasons including life or family changes, struggles at school, learning problems, divorce, grief, loss of a pet or many other reasons. As adults we too sometimes struggle to express how we feel and what we need to help us feel better. Kids can often act out and display behavioral problems and when you ask them "why are you acting like this?" they simply can't tell you! They are not trying to keep it in they just do not know. 

Is therapy right for my child? 

If you are trying to determine if therapy is the right next step for your child, we'd love to help. Give me a call and I can help you assess the possible benefits. I provide child counseling and parenting coaching, in my office and via telehealth throughout CA. 

Speaking The Right Language

Because children relate to the world differently than adults do, it’s required to speak the language of a child; play. Children express their feelings through play and non-verbal behaviors.  I can help your child with negative behaviors, expressing feelings, increase self-worth, emotional strength and develop better relationships.  Give me a call at for your free 10 minute phone consultation. 

ADOLESCENT THERAPY

Support Understanding Feelings and Challenges

Adolescence is an important part of life for exploration and growth, yet it comes with many challenges for the adolescent and the family. Most adolescents and families are having to juggle puberty, school, family, friends, and relationships. Adolescence can be a confusing time figuring out self, who they want to be, and how they will fit into this world. Through adolescent and family therapy, teens and parents can work to prevent current struggles from worsening and becoming a chronic problem through adulthood. Some of these struggles may be:

  • Relational, peer, and family conflict

  • Anxiety and depression

  • Sexuality

  • Poor performance in school

  • Alcohol and substance abuse

  • Disordered eating

  • Sexual trauma

  • Self harming behaviors

 

Further, adolescent and family therapy can help adolescents and parents develop:

  • Positive coping skills

  • Effective communication

  • How to improve relationships

  • How to regulate and understand emotions

  • Greater self esteem and self confidence

  • A solid sense of self

  • Positive family dynamics

  • Healthy relationships with parents, siblings, and friends

  • An understanding of their sexuality