Children and Teens Therapy

If daily life is becoming more and more challenging for both you and your child, therapy may be the answer.  In addition to receiving emotional support, your child or teen will learn to resolve conflicts in a positive way and will begin to more clearly understand their own feelings and problems.

Goals for Children and Teens therapy can include behavior changes and improved relationships with friends or family.  Experiencing less anxiety and exuding a better self-esteem may also be a focus.

Young children participate in play therapy where they express themselves through play and art.  Parents’ involvement in treatment helps progress the treatment. If necessary, therapy is used in combination with working with the child’s school.

Symptoms and behaviors that could represent a larger problem:

•           Anger and Irritability

•           Difficulty concentrating

•           Severe Anxiety/fearfulness

•           Pessimism/negative outlook

•           Grades dropping in a quick period of time

•           Increased difficulty completing assignments

•           Conduct problems at school

•           Arguing with family members

•           Difficulty separating, going to school, clinginess

•           Risk taking (smoking, drinking, sexual promiscuity)

•           Becoming quiet, sullen, down

•           Appetite changing suddenly

•           Difficulty managing responsibilities or staying organized

•           Difficulty making and maintaining friendships

•           Significant rigidity, bossiness, inflexibility, “needs to be right”

•           Growth rate slowing

•           Talk about death, suicide or violence

*Of course all children have bad days and the presence of any one symptom is not likely to be cause for alarm but experiencing one or more on a more frequent basis should be addressed.

Any talk of death, suicide or violence must be taken very seriously and appropriate actions should be taken right away.

Therapy is also a good idea for children experiencing life transitions such as:

•           Divorce

•           Death of a loved one

•           Parent marrying a new partner

•           Moving to a new neighborhood, change in school etc.

•           Sibling with a disability

Please call to schedule an appointment today and I will meet with you to gather information on the developmental, educational, medical, and social history of your son or daughter.

I will then want to meet with your child to better understand his/her perspective. Once I have all the information gathered, I will create a plan of treatment for your child. I will also work with your child’s school or other providers as necessary and can help you advocate for necessary services and/or accommodations if appropriate.