Children and Teens

Having worked with children for many years, I understand the importance of getting help for children and teens when problems are beginning to develop. Working with issues when they first begin to appear is much more effective than waiting until they have become long term and ‘set’.
I use a variety of engaging approaches with children to help them quickly make changes. My main approach is Solution-Oriented, a technique that works well with children. I would describe my approach as gentle and direct, with the goal of helping children deal better with their lives as quickly as possible.

I am a strong believer in having parents involved in the counseling process. Children are strongly influenced by the adults in their lives, and by working together, changes can be more effective. In addition to working with your child, I will also help you, the parent, learn new ways of working with your child. As a parent, you have the expertise on your child and your family. As a counselor, I have the expertise in helping change happen. When we work together, the chance for change is much higher.

Here are some common reasons to seek counseling for your child:

Sleep Changes

  • Trouble falling asleep and/or staying asleep
  • Feeling un-rested even after a normal sleep cycle
  • Recurrent nightmares or fear of going to sleep

Behavior Issues

  • Significant disrespect toward parents
  • Defiance of rules at home or school
  • Increased irritability and a desire to bother others

School Issues

  • Low motivation
  • Difficulty starting or completing homework; losing assignments
  • Giving up
  • Decreased concentration and/or easily distracted

Anxiety Issues

  • Significant worry and focus on future issues
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Perfectionism and/or irritability
  • Repeated behaviors; needs things ‘just so’

Depression Issues

  • Sense of sadness and/or irritability
  • Negative comments about life
  • Loss of interest in sports, hobbies, etc.; isolation
  • Difficulty concentrating

Friendship Issues

  • Difficulty making or keeping friends
  • Difficulty in coping with teasing
  • Hanging out with a different peer group

If your child is dealing with some of the above issues, and you would like to know if counseling would be beneficial, please contact me. I would be happy to help you determine if counseling is the right approach.