Children & Adolescents

Children & Adolescents

  • Has your child experienced a difficult life event, such as divorce, abuse, trauma; major illness in the family; or a recent loss such as the death of a significant person or a parent leaving on military deployment?
  • Has your child experienced an increase in physical complaints such as headaches, stomachaches, or general malaise, despite a normal physical exam?
  • Is your child becoming absorbed in computer/video games?
  • Does your child feel pressure to overachieve?

Children sometimes need help to express and cope with difficult emotions, life stresses, and significant life events.  Psychotherapy can help children develop understanding of the underlying issues or needs that create problematic beliefs, emotions and behaviors, and move them toward solutions. It can also teach them stress management, coping strategies and communication skills.

I work collaboratively with parents to support their understanding of their child’s needs, and to foster a close and meaningful connection.  Depending on a child’s particular challenges, I may recommend psychological testing, individual therapy, sessions with parents and children together, or parents-only sessions.  I also provide consultation with school personnel and health care professionals to help support the child’s healthy development.