Therapy for Kids & Teens

I provide therapy to children and adolescents who have difficulty with behavior and emotions. I believe in partnering together with parents, since they know their own kids better than anyone else does. Parents of younger children are expected to attend sessions quite frequently, since their involvement is crucial to lasting improvement. In the treatment of preteens or teens, frequency of parental involvement depends on the nature of the issues. I work with a wide variety of challenges faced by our youth. Some have simple resolutions, which can be achieved in a short amount of time. I also work with some children whose difficulties are long-term and extremely debilitating.

Through my past experiences, I have found that communication and collaboration with school and other providers (e.g. pediatrician, psychiatrist) results in more successful treatment. This, of course, depends on parental consent. Though parents often seek treatment for their children because they want to eliminate symptoms, treatment also focuses on improving strengths. This way, therapy does not feel like punishment, but a process that can be fun and rewarding.

Here are some examples of treatment goals:

  • Develop better social skills
  • Improve self-esteem
  • Learn to be more responsible
  • Learn to be less forgetful
  • Manage impulsive and high activity level
  • Improve conversational skills
  • Learn more effective coping skills
  • Develop better control over emotional outbursts
  • Be kinder to classmates
  • Learn to respond effectively to bullying
  • Be less argumentative
  • Learn to spend leisure time safely and appropriately
  • Learn to play nicely with other children
  • Feel happier and develop a sense of purpose
  • Learn to respect self
  • Exhibit fewer and less intense temper tantrums
  • Learn to be more patient
  • Feel more confident
  • Be less nervous and fearful
  • Seek attention in appropriate ways
  • Learn to communicate as a family