No parent likes to watch their child struggle and feel unable to help. Every parent wants to feel like they can help their child when they are having difficulties. However, sometimes children experience problems that can’t be managed as easily by their parents, no matter how skilled and loving those parents may be. Sometimes children experience stress, anxiety, depression or other difficulties navigating the challenges of growing up. Behavioral changes may show up only at home or at home and school or day care. When this happens, you may feel inadequate or powerless to help your child return to the carefree childhood they deserve. It is okay to seek help. A Child/Family Psychologist or counselor can help you in a number of ways. I can help you and your child by:
– assessing the extent of the problem whether it is educational or learning difficulties, or social and emotional, provide recommendations and work with your child or refer you to someone who will implement my recommendations.
– conducting therapy with your child and the family, as needed, to help you and your child develop strategies to reduce those difficulties.
Answers to some common questions you may have:
What will therapy be like with my child?
Young children do not always respond well to “talk therapy.” Their attention span is limited and they are often better able to express themselves through creative play. I work with children through art, games, sand play and books, along with cognitive-behavioral coaching. Older children respond more fully to this cognitive-behavioral approach (CBT) that is more similar to having a great conversation. CBT includes the development of realistic thinking, exposure to fears and relaxation skills through humor, creativity, art and teaching.
Is there anything I need to be concerned about during therapy?
Both play therapy and cognitive-behavioral treatment are effective, safe and empirically validated treatments for children and adolescents. Child and adolescent counseling is goal oriented and we have parents involved in the process of change through the use of specific skills and family coaching.
How Long will therapy last?
Sometimes a problem can be remediated through several sessions but in some situations there may be a need for more in depth work with your child and/or family. With your permission, we may also work with your child’s educational providers.
What challenges do you treat in children?
Commonly treated issues include: anxiety, depression, anger management, pervasive developmental disorders, the psychological impact of health-related concerns, social skills deficits, behavioral difficulties, family stress/conflict and mood-based issues.