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.