Child and Family Therapy
Children have many of the same emotional problems as adults, such as adjusting to loss or change, divorce, bullying, or other emotional trauma. This has been especially true during the world pandemic. However, they oftentimes do not have the words or ability to verbalize their emotions. Play therapy with younger children helps them to express their underlying feelings through themes in their play. I will work closely with the parents and caregivers to fully understand the problems and coach them on how to help the child at home.
Some problems such as developmental delays, mood instability, disruptive behaviors, inattention, and hyperactivity require psychological assessment to help clarify the diagnosis in order to formulate the appropriate treatment plan. For example, we may use a combination of techniques including behavior modification, parent training, play therapy, and family therapy. Older children and adolescents may be able to relate more verbally, but sometimes prefer less direct communication such as art therapy, and playing games to express themselves.
Teens face many more problems today than previous generations that include problems with social isolation during the pandemic, social media, cutting, and addictions to electronics, pornography, and substances. I will build a rapport and trust with the teen through a confidential relationship, but will also work with parents to help resolve family dynamics that may be contributing to the problems.