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Child & Adolescent
Raising a child is incredibly rewarding but can be challenging at times. It can be difficult to know if troubling behavior in a child or adolescent is just a normal part of growing up or a problem that should be discussed with a professional. When emotional and behavioral symptoms persist for weeks or longer, cause distress and begin to interfere in with your child's functioning at home, school, or with friends; they may benefit from an evaluation and therapy.
How Can Therapy Help Your Child or Adolescent?
Child therapy helps children and adolescents explore their feelings and experiences in a safe, accepting environment. Mental health disorders can begin in childhood. Without treatment, these mental health conditions can prevent children from reaching their full potential.
I have specialized training and experience in child and adolescent development, as well as with issues young people face in everyday life. My training and experience allows me to assess, diagnose, and treat a wide range of mental, emotional, behavioral disorders well as other health or developmental conditions. I use a variety of evidenced-based treatment approaches individualized toward your child and their unique experiences. My approach with children and teens differs in some respects than adults. Rather than engaging exclusively in traditional "talk" therapy, I apply a more organic approach when working with children and adolescents. I frequently utilize specific forms of therapy including but not limited to: child-centered play therapy, expressive/art therapy, sand tray therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) as well as parent-child psychotherapy (PCP).
Parent involvement and collaboration in the treatment process is key. I can help you understand what behaviors are healthy and how to cope when new concerns arise. I can also teach you tools and new strategies to help your child or teen and support their well-being.
Some common presenting concerns addressed in child/adolescent therapy may include:
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)