Child and Adolescent Therapy
My Child & Teen Clients
The kids that I see for counseling are usually 10 and above. I generally tend to use talk therapy rather than play therapy and my approach may not fit younger children's needs. Some of my clients struggle; academically at school, finding a group to belong, or discovering competence in activities that develop their confidence and positive sense of who they are becoming. Teen clients may strain to identify and communicate their feelings, manage their actions/reactions to family as they develop their own independence and identity. Many of my kid clients are experiencing difficulty in relationships from parents to peers and don't know how to shape their own behavior or advocate for change with others. While some children are temporarily challenged by adjusting to new situations or growing responsibilities, others may discover they are feeling a level of worry or sadness that seems to be more than they expected and more than other kids their age.
Often kids and teens find it useful that I understand and have skill in working with the complicated relationships and reality of living in a two-home family*. I use many approaches and strategies in therapy, but with children I emphasize working from a family systems approach and often ask that parents participate in sessions independently for parent coaching and/or with their children as needed and appropriate. (Note that children over the age of 13 have confidentiality and choice to include/not include others in their treatment)
*Because of my writing and work in divorce, children are often referred to me for counseling and I appreciate their good regard. However if children's parents are currently in the divorce process, I prefer to see parents as a Child Specialist. I urge parents to first address the important work of learning skills and focusing on relationship with their parenting partner before asking children to effect change. Even if there is high conflict, parents have much more power to boost their children's healthy adjustment than children themselves- even with a good therapist's support.
Anxiety (general, specific phobias, school/performance, social)
Childhood in a Two-home family
Body Image, Eating Disorder Prevention or in Recovery
Forms for New Clients
It would be very helpful for you to complete the first two forms: the New Client Information and the Minor Health Intake forms. Bring these forms with you to your child's first appointment.
If you would like me to share or coordinate with another provider or person, please complete the Consent for Exchange of Information. (Children over 13 must sign to allow the sharing of information, including their parents.)
If children are in a two-home family, I require both parents permission and signature on the Guidelines for Child Therapy for Two-Home Families (choose the appropriate form for your child's age)
If requested, please provide a current copy of your parenting plan.
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