We understand that by the time parents are seeking a psychologist for their child, they are often feeling frustrated or distressed. It can be hard to know what to do. We can help!
Our psychologists are here to work with children and teens in a helpful, empowering way to help them learn new, more adaptive ways to cope with their problems and relate to others.
What concerns can therapy address?
Therapy can help kids and teens with a variety of emotional and behavioral issues. We find that therapy can help children and teens learn to understand themselves and their emotions better, as well as develop coping skills for difficult situations.
We specialize in the following issues:
- Anger management
- Anxiety, worry, and excessive fears
- Attachment problems
- Depression and sadness
- Life events/ stressors
- Obsessions/ compulsions (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Parent/child relationship problems
- Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
- Separation anxiety
- Substance use
- Teen identity concerns
What does therapy look like for children and adolescents?
The psychologist will meet with the parents the first session. We view parents as the experts on their children and believe that the parents’ love, support, and knowledge of their child are vital to successful therapy. The goal of this session is to obtain information about what brings the child to therapy, answer any questions the parents have, and develop a plan together for the therapy process.
After this initial intake session, the psychologist will begin meeting with the child every week for approximately 45-55 minutes. If the child is young (approximately ages 4-8), they will engage in play therapy rather than traditional “talk” therapy. Therapy will be tailored to the child’s unique concerns and goals. Our psychologists integrate a variety of techniques and theories into their therapy, drawing from interpersonal, psychodynamic, and Cognitive-Behavioral (CBT) techniques.
How old does a child need to be to attend therapy?
Our office provides therapy for children ages four and older. (For children younger than four, we typically work primarily with the parent rather than the child.)
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