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July 26 2015

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Kids, like adults, can benefit from therapy and counseling.  Child Therapy for younger children and adolescents helps them with problem-solving skills and helps them cope with stress and other emotional / behavioral issues. While some kids may need therapy to deal with the stress of school, anxiety and bullying, others may need help dealing with family issues.

The following are signs that your child may need to consult with a Child Therapist:

  • Are they displaying signs of Behavioral problems, such as excessive anger, acting out, bed-wetting or eating disorders?
  • Do they display aggressive behavior, such as biting, kicking, etc.?
  • Do they have trouble sleeping at night? or increased sleepiness
  • Have they recently had a significant and abnormal drop in school grades?
  • Do they have a hard time paying attention and/or overly hyper active?
  • Are they always in a sad or depressed state?
  • Do they display dramatic mood swings on a regular basis?
  • Are they not comfortable in a normal social setting?
  • Do they have a decreased interest in previously normal activities?
  • Have they recently missed numerous days from school activities?
  • Have they been a victim of bullying? or have you recently discovered they are bullying other children?
  • In adolescents, do they display signs of alcohol and/or drug abuse?
  • Are they dealing with divorce issues, loss of a loved one and/or have they faced a traumatic event

For more information regarding issues affecting children, please see KMHIP

As a licensed psychotherapist, my specialties in child psychotherapy include: 

  • Emotional struggles (anxiety, depression)
  • Major life transitions (divorce, change of school, introduction to a new sibling)
  • Anger management
  • Bullying
  • Attention and hyperactivity problems
  • Sudden drop in school functioning

I focus on the various methods in order to tackles the issues pertaining to your child:

Traditional Therapy

This type of therapy uses dialogue and evaluation to help the client come to personal realizations about areas of their behavior or emotions that need to be challenged or changed.

Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

This type of therapy is a conjoint child and parent psychotherapy approach for children and adolescents who are experiencing significant emotional and behavioral difficulties related to traumatic life events.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

This type of therapy focuses on the thought process of an individual. Activities used will help the client identify and change problematic behavior through assignments, homework and behavior modification.

Play/Art/Sand Tray Therapy

All these forms of therapy enter into the child’s expression of emotions and behaviors through play. Play/Art/Sand Tray Therapy uses play tools as the medium to help the child identify emotions, problem solve and develop new behaviors.

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