It can feel overwhelming when you decide your child needs professional help.

Here's how I help simplify the complicated.

SPECIALTY AREAS FOR CHILDREN

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Family issues
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD)
  • Adjustment and transition issues with middle school or grade school
  • Learning or school issues
  • Disobedience and/or defiance
  • Divorce/blended families
  • Complex parenting issues
  • Obsessive compulsive behavior
  • Autism spectrum
  • Overcoming bullying
  • Stress management
  • Social anxiety
  • Developing healthy social skills
  • Panic attacks and phobias
  • Chronic health issues
  • Grief and loss
  • Eating disorders and appearance concerns
  • Bedwetting/soiling
  • Recovery from abuse or trauma

What does a counseling session with me look like?

My style is personable, caring, and non-judgmental. I’m a good listener, and my sessions are interactive and unique to each client. My focus is to help your child develop healthy coping styles. The techniques I use in my therapy are supported by research that proves their effectiveness.

I don’t simply sit back and nod my head during a session with a child. I use therapeutic play techniques, games and other interactive exercises to improve your child's skills.

Each time we’re together, we’ll come up with suggestions or homework to help your child work on helpful changes until we meet again. At the end of the session, I may have your child teach you some of the techniques we've covered.

Having a parent practice the techniques with their child helps cement the new coping skills they learn in each session.

How do parents play a role in their child’s therapy?

For children under the age of 14, I meet with you before I meet with your child. There, I get an understanding of what’s worked so far, what hasn’t worked, and where we’re at in the treatment process. I’ll give you and your child an assessment to complete before we get together next.

After I meet with you, I’ll meet with your child. They’ll have toys to play with during our time, and I'll ask them some simple questions to get to know them better. At the end of our time, I’ll bring up the tough issues that brought them in and discuss how I can help them.

Our third session starts with you to go over the test results and discuss what I think the issues are. There, I'll propose a treatment plan and set goals for your child.

Going forward, each session starts with an opportunity for you to fill me in – either privately or with your child – on what’s happened during the week. Depending on what we’re working on, you may come back in the session at the end to review new strategies and homework until we meet again.

With your permission, pediatricians, school counselors and teachers can be kept up-to-date on the strategies and progress with your child.