Child, Tween & Teen Therapy

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I am committed to helping children learn how to fully communicate big feelings and how to respond to them in a healthy and productive way. Giving feelings words and helpful ways to communicate can play a vital role in aiding children in getting the support that they need. Most often, adults believe the myth that a child is ‘too young’, can’t experience grief or loss or ‘won’t remember’ disturbing, traumatic, or painful events when in fact this could not be furthest from the truth. In fact, anything that affects older adolescence and adults in a family can also affect children, preschoolers and toddlers. Grief and trauma can seriously disrupt important aspects of child development such as bonding with parents, managing emotions and social skills. Providing supports to help the family rebuild a safe, secure and nurturing home will help your child have a healthier recovery.

 

 

Signs that your child may need therapy

  • Has experienced grief or loss of someone or something significant

  • Has problems in multiple areas of life, such as family relationships, academic performance, leisure activities and friendships.

  • Makes comments like “I wish I weren’t here,” or “Nobody would care if I ran away.”

  • Starts feeling bad about themselves, less confident or less effective.

  • Withdraws from family, friends or activities they used to enjoy.

  • Has a significant change in sleep-habits or appetite.

  • Shows excessive worry about the future.

  • Engages in negative behavior more frequently.

  • Talks about or engages in any kind of self-harm or talks explicitly about suicide

  • Expresses hopelessness

     

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As we grow older, we begin to fine tune our interest, make remarkable discoveries about our identity and continuously learn ways to enhance our sense of self. We may begin to explore and seek answers to questions about ourselves that may lead us feeling overwhelmed, lost or

confused. I am focused on strengthening and enhancing children’s tool box of coping skills to help manage big emotions and increase self-regulation. I work with children from as young as 2 years of age to 20 years of age and utilize different modalities including but not limited to play therapy, behavioral modification therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy trauma- focused (CBT-TF). I am also trained in Trauma and Grief Component Therapy for Adolescents (TGCT-A), which is for trauma-exposed or traumatically bereaved older children and adolescents between the ages of 12- 20 years of age. Whether your child needs help navigating normal developmental challenges or is dealing with something more serious, seeking help can make life easier and happier for all of you.

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