In addition to my work with individual adults, I also offer my counseling services to children and adolescents. One of the many challenges that parents face is in determining the difference between developmentally appropriate “growing pains” in their children and those challenges that may call for extra support or intervention.
There are many reasons parents or caregivers might seek counseling for their child. Often parents or caregivers seek counseling for their child when a known stressor has occurred, such as a divorce or bullying at school. Sometimes parents notice that their child always seems to be angry or worried or withdrawn. Other times counseling is sought when parents notice a change in their child’s behavior that warrants concern.
Whatever your particular reasons for considering counseling for your child, I will maintain close contact with you throughout the assessment and treatment process. While I hold what your child shares with me in confidentiality (unless your child shares information that requires an emergency response) I will also provide you with feedback and offer recommendations based on my work with your child. Collaborating together in this way allows you to be an active support person in your child’s capacity to integrate his or her experiences in counseling into daily life.
I have worked with children and adolescents in a variety of settings and I have extensive experience offering support to young people struggling with:
- anxiety and depression
- self-esteem and body image
- alienation and belonging
- separation and divorce
- adoption issues
- bullying and self-empowerment
- alcoholism/addiction in the family
- cutting and self-harming
- transitions and rites of passage