Parenting, Child, Teen and Family Therapy:
professional experience, combined with my personal experience raising children, has prepared me to provide excellent care for you and your family.
I understand the dynamics
and struggles of today's modern family
and the impact of technology, social media and popular
culture. I am
also familiar with the particular
challenges that parents
and teens face in our
I grasp how challenging it is to juggle everyone's needs and how humbling parenting can be, especially when you see your kids suffer or act out.
work with parents to untangle the issues when
they get overwhelmed,
create more balance in their marriages and families, and improve their parenting. I
can help you understand your children's problems, the underlying issues, and what you can do to help. We work together to decide if your children need therapy, what the goals are and what format will best meet your needs. Scroll to the bottom of the page to see some of the challenges with which I work.
Child Therapy: varies depending on the child's age. Small children communicate mainly through play and work out their problems using toys and dolls. I have a sunny playroom for smaller children, and many games and art supplies with which older children play as they learn to talk things out. Occasionally, we go outside for trust walks and I work with a therapy dog to help kids feel more comfortable and to open up.
In therapy, I help kids understand what troubles them, teach them to talk about their feelings and understand the relationship between feelings and behavior. I help them develop the tools to communicate their needs, think before acting, control their impulses, make compromises and resolve conflicts.
Children are usually very receptive to therapy, and grow and change quickly. The earlier a child can resolve their challenges, the stronger the child's foundation becomes: they are more likely to be able to concentrate and be successful at school, to have good family and peer relationships, and more easily resolve the challenges of each subsequent stage of their development-particularly at adolescence.
Therapy can help your children develop the life skills and healthy patterns, like insight, resilience and self-esteem, to cope with challenges and build a strong foundation for wellness and success for the rest of their lives.
Teenagers: Adolescence is a particularly challenging stage: in addition to outside stresses, teens are also dealing with the inner turmoils of hormones and issues around identity, sexuality and growing up. I understand the enormous stress and pressure our high achieving athletes and college bound students endure, and the toll it takes on their health and well-being.
Even successful kids from good families may begin to suffer from symptoms of distress or feeling out of control and need help coping in healthy ways. Even when they have good relationships with their parents, they may benefit from talking to an objective professional in a private context. Without help, some teens begin to use drugs or alcohol to manage their distress or bond with peers. Some teens can become very rebellious and challenging for parents to manage.While they desperately need us, they may shut us out or angrily push us away. When a child suffers or acts out, it can throw the balance for the rest of the family off. When a suffering teen makes bad choices and becomes out of control, it can lead to dangerous and life-altering consequences.
Their healthy, developmental need for independence and issues around blended families, sexuality and relationships, drugs and alcohol, values and their futures can make it very difficult for teens to talk to their parents. They may not act like it, but they may be suffering more than we realize. Teens are still children who need and want guidance, support and admiration. Some teens need help seeing their parent's perspectives, taking responsibility, developing self-discipline and impulse control, using good judgement and making healthy choices.
I enjoy working with teens, and have good success with them. They consistently find me to be "cool," "very understanding" and "easy to open-up and listen to.
In my experience, helping them to work through their issues, understand and communicate with their parents and stay on track at this critical stage has been invaluable.
Some of the challenges with which I work:
and Stress, Depression
, Suicidal Feelings or Gestures
Obsessive Compulsive Behavior
ADD/ADHD, Learning Disabilities
, Academic and Social Issues
Eating Disorders, Weight Problems
, Self-Destructive Behavior, Cutting
Relationship Problems, Bullying,
Withdrawal, Isolation or Alienation
Issues around Shame,
Self-Esteem, Gender or Sexual Identity
Destructive, Oppositional, Aggressive Behavior
Divorce, Grief, Loss or Trauma
Adopted, Step Children and Attachment Issues
Drug and Alcohol Use, Precocious Sexuality
Health Issues, Chronic Illness
, Encopresis, Nightmares, Sleep Problems