Therapy for Children & Teens

I work with children and adolescents to address emotional, social and behavioral issues, as well as family transitions and crises like divorce, illness, and grief.

Child Therapy

With my youngest clients, I combine child-centered play therapy, which utilizes children’s natural means of self-expression (play), with other approaches, to give children tools for adjusting to change, expressing feelings, regulating emotions, and gaining confidence. Some of the other therapeutic approaches I incorporate into my work with children and families include: play-based cognitive behavioral therapy, filial therapy, and Theraplay.

Parents are very much kept in the loop during treatment. I meet with parents regularly for updates, parenting support, and sometimes to recommend parent-child sessions. In addition, I am available to collaborate with teachers and any other providers supporting your child.

Therapy for children can address:

  • Anxiety, irritability, and depression
  • Emotional dysregulation and big feelings
  • Behavioral issues,
  • Trauma and grief
  • Family transitions, such as new siblings, divorce, and blending families
  • Self esteem and self-confidence
  • Medical issues and physical challenges
  • Learning differences and challenges
  • Challenges related to attachment and adoption
Therapy for Children and Teens

In partnering with children and families, I strive to be a playful and accepting team mate to my youngest clients, while also providing parents with the support and tools they need to raise healthy children, while feeling fulfilled and effective themselves.

Adolescent Therapy

Being an adolescent has always been tough.  Add COVID, politics, climate change, academic pressure, and social media to the mix, and it is no surprise that the rate of mental health issues among tweens and teens is very high.  Providing your child with a safe place to talk about their emotions, relationships, identities, and opinions is a great gift.  While most teens like to flop onto my couch and talk, some also reach for the art supplies, games and play materials to help regulate their emotions and express themselves.  My approach to working with teens incorporates Internal Family Systems, play therapy, somatic approaches, and cognitive behavioral therapy.

Teens are developing independence.  Therapy works best when they establish their own goals for therapy.  Teens also require more privacy in therapy than younger clients. I do, however, collaborate with my teen clients to involve parents as needed and appropriate, particularly when safety is a concern.

Therapy can help teens to:

  • Develop healthy skills for coping with stress
  • Experience a safe outlet for stress
  • Express emotions and advocate for themselves
  • Make healthy choices
  • Improve problem-solving skills
  • Build self-esteem and resilience
  • Explore and clarify their goals, values, and identity
  • Reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression
  • Find their way through the complexities of peer relationships and social media
  • Cultivate healthy relationships and boundaries
  • Recover from upsetting experiences and trauma

In-Person Therapy & Virtual Therapy