FOR PARENTS

As a parent, you want your child to be happy, healthy, and successful. When you notice that they are struggling in one of more areas of their life, you want to do everything that you possibly can to help them get back on track. Therapy is one of the best ways to achieve this, and a large part of my training and experience has been focused on helping children, adolescents, and families improve their overall functioning, as well as their relationships with each other.
 
If your child is struggling with one or more of the following, let’s discuss how to help them and your family:

  • Is exhibiting symptoms of ADHD, such as difficulty sitting still and focusing and concentrating at school

  • Has a hard time making friends and interacting with their peers, and appears to have social skills deficits (e.g., has difficulty picking up on nonverbal cues from others)

  • Worries about everything or exhibits fear related to specific things or situations, including social situations where they perceive that they are being judged or evaluated in some way  

  • Has experienced a significant change in their mood, sleep, appetite, behavior, energy/activity level, and/or academic performance

  • Has difficulty regulating their emotions, and becomes upset, angry, or irritable easily 

  • Has difficulty expressing their emotions where they either withdraw and shut down, or throw a temper tantrum, including hitting, kicking, yelling, screaming, etc.

  • Has a history of trauma, including abuse, neglect, and/or witnessing violence (e.g., witnessing domestic violence)

  • Does not listen, follow directions, or comply with requests, intentionally annoys others and breaks rules, and can be physically aggressive towards people or property

  • Is the victim or perpetrator of bullying, and appears to have low self-esteem

When working with children and adolescents, I work closely with their parents and other caregivers so that they are able to incorporate the tools, skills, and techniques that are being introduced in therapy into their child’s day to day lives. Sometimes certain family members or even the entire family is the focus of treatment, and interventions are aimed at improving relationships and communication.