CHILD / TEEN THERAPY
My role is to create a safe and positive space for your child or teen to express their feelings and learn new ways to cope with their problems. We will figure out what is getting in their way of being happy and content. Through the use of talk therapy for teens and art therapy, if appropriate, we will work together to come up with better solutions in dealing with their stress and conflicts. For younger children we will use games and art to help them work through their issues in a less threatening, and more comfortable, familiar manner. I will work closely with you, as the parent, in the sessions providing family therapy if needed, as well as parental coaching. Trust is an important component in therapy for children and teens. They appreciate when they know I am working with them to create a more positive experience.
Telemedicine is a convenient way to have therapy sessions from the comfort of your own home or office. It helps take the burden off and saves you time sitting in traffic or bad weather.
Children (Ages 7 to 10)
When I work with younger children, you, the parent, are actively involved in the treatment. Depending on the child's issue, you may be present in the sessions often. Other issues require the child to meet with me individually and I meet collaboratively with you on a regular basis without the child present. I often will need permission from you to speak with teachers, psychologists, and other professionals involved in order to get a better picture of what is happening in your child's life.
Pre-teens and Teens (Ages 11 to 18)
When working with pre-teens and teens, I often meet with them first to help them feel more comfortable and trusting of the process. Teens need to feel they have some control and choice in the therapeutic relationship. Respect is key to making this work. I will then meet with you and the teen together to continue the assessment. If need be, I will work with you and the teen in family therapy or if appropriate, refer you to another therapist for parental support.