Children

The job of parenting today seems to be increasingly nuanced and challenging.  And as much as we try to protect our children from harm, there are many difficult and sometimes frightening circumstances facing school age children today.  Those challenges may be in the classroom, the home, or the content on a screen.  Whether you are raising child(ren) as a single person, couple, or blended family, there may be times when you need guidance in better understanding your child and the disruptive behaviors, in building a deeper connection with your child, and in finding the right tools to heighten your child’s and your strengths, shift unhealthy thinking, and decrease and stop your child’s negative behavior.  


I begin my therapeutic work with children by first meeting with you, the parent(s) as I believe that you have the most significant relationship with your child.  Understanding your perspective of your child and the presenting problems is therefore crucial.  By listening to your family story and learning about the experiences that may have contributed to or created the current situation, I can make clinical recommendations and outline the best treatment for your child and family.  I support and guide children and their parents by finding the right tools to best help your child through individual therapy with your child, as well as family therapy, parent and child sessions, and parent coaching.


Working with children is especially rewarding for me.  Your child has the benefit of a young, flexible brain that can more easily adopt new tools to shift negative thinking and behaviors than our older, adult brains.  Therapy sessions with your child needs to include fun and laughter as well as growth and learning and practicing these new tools.  We will play, act, draw, talk, plan, laugh, and cry.  As the parent, you will play a significant role through supporting your child in therapy and at home, encouraging the therapeutic tools that your child is learning, and attending parent consults where we exchange information of what is and is not working.  Because you are the most important person in your child’s life, often the best way to help your child is for you to learn new parenting tools.  By my coaching and guidance, you will gain a greater understanding of your child, your role and influences, and the best tools to help you and your child in your parent-child relationship.  


Experienced and trained in working with children who are challenged by:

  • ADHD, ADD, Non-Verbal, and other learning difficulties

  • Anxiety/Worry/Panic Attacks

  • Depression/Sadness

  • Grief/Loss

  • Impulse Control Issues

  • Managing Difficult Health Issues

  • PDD Spectrum

  • Phobias and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

  • School-Related Difficulties

  • Sleep Issues

  • Social Challenges

  • Transitions - Divorce, Moving, New Family Structure, etc.

  • Trauma


Services Offered:

  • Behavioral Treatment Plans

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • EMDR

  • Family Systems Therapy

  • IEP Consultation and Support

  • Mindfulness

  • Parenting and Co-Parenting Support and Coaching

  • Play Therapy

  • School Observation and Consultation with Teachers

  • Solution Focused Therapy