My Approach to Helping
When a child is struggling in school, you need to find out why. If you are concerned about a child's learning, academic progress, social skills, or behavior, a comprehensive assessment is the first step to developing a plan to help. I offer private cognitive, social-emotional, and achievement for children 2-18 years old.
Assessment includes intake with child & parent, formal assessments, report including recommendations, and informational session to review results.
As a parent, it can be hard to know when your child’s behavior is just a part of growing up or a sign of a bigger issue. There are several things a child and adolescent mental health professional will look at to determine if a child or teen’s behaviors are problematic. All children are different, and even the most typical child or teen may engage in “problematic” behaviors from time to time, especially when they are tired, stressed or sick. However, if your child or teen repeatedly engages in inappropriate or unwanted behaviors, consider meeting with me.
Primarily I work with children 4-14 years of age, for individual and group counseling. I use a combination of play, art, CBT, DBT, emotion identification, social skills, and mindfulness to treat children with depression, anxiety, fear, ADHD, family issues, school issues, and social skills delays. I typically start my sessions by working through emotional identification. A child can not help themselves or others without knowing how and being able to label how they feel. I then work with the child to self-regulate through different techniques such as mindfulness and DBT.
I also offer continuation of care consultation between family and school.
More Info About My Practice
Voice: To assess the ways children express themselves. To examine children’s: problems, struggles, thinking, attitude and opinions. Ways to express can be through play, art, dance, writing, actions, words, achievement abilities, IQ, what they wear, hobbies, andor interests etc.
Voice: To teach children how to express their thoughts and feelings through words. To teach children to communicate to others what they need andor want and be understood. When a child is able to have a voice they have stronger self confidence and self esteem. To allow the child to project their personality through their voice.
Voice: To be a child advocate. To make sure a child’s life happenings are in their best interest. To build a safe and trusting relationship so I can be their voice when they feel they don’t have one. Children need help to navigate life after experiencing: trauma, stereotypes, bullying, biological concerns, family dynamics, depression, anxiety, suicide ideation, etc.
Children: Children believe in a better tomorrow, they have hope in mankind. The emotional, social, and development of young children has a direct impact on the adult they will become. Children need our love, our trust, and our belief that tomorrow can be magic.
Therapy: Treatment intended to relieve or heal emotions, beliefs, relationship issues, somatic responses andor behavioral issues by working together with a trained person.
How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist
I've been there, done that. I have struggled my whole life with personal, family, and school issues. I understand what our kids today are going though. I also know parenting is difficult and sometimes you are at a loss for what to do. I believe having experienced my own struggles has made me a better therapist because I can put myself in their shoes. I know the hurt, the pain, the worry, the overwhelmed, and the joy. I work to give children and teens skills to help them move through life. I can't make the problems disappear but I can give them the tools to make life easier.