Child or Adolescent Issues
Most children and teens, even those who seem very well adjusted, will face bumps in the road occasionally. As part of growing up, they may go through tough periods of atypical behavior. Sometimes, there may be an underlying issue that the child or teen has trouble managing on their own. Things like divorce, adoption or bullying can be difficult for a child to work through without help. Additionally, children and adolescents can suffer from many of the same problems facing adults, including depression, insomnia, anxiety, poor self-esteem or eating disorders. A qualified therapist can help a child or adolescent to develop healthy ways to cope with whatever issue is on their mind.
Local Experts in Child or Adolescent Issues
Kids who come to see me often learn how to tame big feelings, make sense of their experiences--even hard ones, increase resilience, and learn new ways to express needs. I use play therapy, family sessions, and art materials to help kids build skills, develop new perspective, and feel understood by the people they love. I especially enjoy working with kids 3-12.
Behavior struggles, trauma, identity, social skills, adapting to middle school, high school.
I bring in-depth knowledge of adolescent development and experience in helping older adolescents pursue growth-enhancing relationships, post-secondary education, and work.
For three years I worked in a secure dual diagnoses facility with clients ages 12-18 helping them with all kinds of different struggles, whether it was PTSD, suicidal thoughts, anxiety and/or addiction. Teenagers go through a lot and usually don\'t have many people they can actually trust to go and talk to. Schedule an appointment today to see if I would be a good fit for your son or daughter.
Therapy can become a safe place for teens to share their thoughts and feelings with a trusted counselor that can help them navigate the teen years, which are full of choices that can leave a significant impact on their life. Many teens struggle to find their identity during these years, peer approval and friendships become the main focus and often teens start to seek some autonomy from parents .
I have specialized experience working with adolescents, teenagers, and their families, to navigate an array of issues, to include: depression, anxiety, transitions and change, and sexual orientation/gender identity. I am most interested in working with teens who are interested in engaging in therapy and have family members who are available and willing to be part of the change process.
Mental health professionals have long realized that children and adolescents need different approaches to therapy than adults do. I have worked with hundreds of children and teens and I understand their unique development, needs, and limitations. I also know that the most proven effective therapy for a young person includes the family's participation.
I have years of experience working with children and adolescents in community mental health settings, helping families address a wide range of behavioral issues and diagnoses. Although I have a strong grounding in trauma recovery services, I treat children without trauma histories as well.
I have been working with youth well over ten years first as a teacher and then as a mental health therapist. My graduate training emphasized the unique developmental needs of children, effective treatment strategies and how best to engage the entire family system in therapy. I enjoy working with families, supporting their relationships with one another as they work towards making positive changes.
I've seen children and teens develop a sense of personal strength when given the opportunity to help create their own counseling journey. As a therapist, to be a part of this process is a privilege and an honor. I work with kids & teens using expressive therapies and play therapy techniques, empowering them to find positive ways to work through life's challenges & transitions.
I specialize in supporting children and teens through difficult times, including gender and identity exploration, depression, anxiety, and adjustment to changing life circumstances. Art therapy is an excellent tool for helpful young people navigate their feelings.
Completed fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at OHSU
There are many issues that are common for this age group that I treat. Common issues I see are: emotional distress from first time romantic relationships , sexuality exploration, using self harm for coping, distress resulting from childhood trauma, problems with social media, and more. I use an integrative approach tailored to the needs of the client and the values of the family.
Melanie has extensive experience working with at-risk youth and families, using the Collaborative Problem Solving approach to reducing family conflict.
I specialize working with pre-adolescent and teenage girls. Issues I help with include stress management, social media, family separation, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, alcohol and drug abuse, self-harm, body image, and self-esteem.
Children and Adolescents: Drawing on my 10 years as a special educator at the elementary and middle school levels, I am familiar with the broad range of emotional and behavioral challenges parents often face. Using a structural family systems approach, I work directly with the parents, children, and the overall dynamic within the family system. Coupled with my own experience raising a daughter.
I've been working with children and teens for seven years. I am passionate about allowing children to have a safe place to process difficulties in their lives, encourage empowerment and emotional expression. I do this through the use of expressive therapies and play therapy. I work with children and their families to move through challenging situations and improve troubling behaviors.
Kids face unique challenges as their identities emerge and they start to figure out who they are and how they fit in. Refresh Therapy is here to support kids as they work on becoming their best self and prepare for teen years.
My extensive training includes working as a Child Advocate for court involved youth, co-facilitating art therapy groups, working 1:1 with 'at risk' youth, facilitating a girls life skills group, teaching an anti-violence & domestic violence curriculum in elementary thru high school classrooms, as well as seeing young clients in my office with behavioral/emotional issues.
I have over thirty years of psychotherapy experience with children and adolescents dealing with a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues in several settings. As a member of the Child Therapy Study Group for over ten years, I received individual consultation on my child therapy cases with psychoanalytically trained professionals and met with colleagues for ongoing clinical discussions.
Helping children and teens learn to manage their feelings and behaviors and find more helpful ways to get their emotional needs met.
Your kids are held up and nurtured by many different relationships. From siblings, to parents, to grandparents, to friend, and teachers, your child thrives when they are connected to many safe and caring people. When your child experiences a difficulty, they need a therapeutic approach that takes into account their most essential relationships.
As an art therapist, children, 'tweens', and teens often have difficulty expressing themselves verbally. Often times, they don't feel like they are listened to/understood by the adults around them; keeping them silent & hurting. Art therapy gives them a safe way to express themselves and to feel heard. This builds trust, allowing them to communicate, learn coping skills, and heal.
I\'ve been working with kids and teens for over 10 years in schools, treatment centers and in private practice. When family dynamics change or a kiddo starts to struggle with anxiety or depression an objective listener can often be the catalyst to change and encourage the communication and life skills that every parent wants their kids to learn.
Youth today face an ever-growing number of challenges. From family stress, school deadlines, social pressures. If left to spiral, these can result in them suffering from depression, stress-related conditions, low self-esteem, drug and alcohol abuse, and relational difficulties. Therapy can help support your child/teen cope with life stress in a creative and interactive approach.
I have worked with teens and their families for over thirty years as a therapist and school counselor.
Working with children and adolescents is a passion of mine. Treatment usually includes an individual and family component. Depending on what the issues are and the age of the child, together with the family we develop a plan for treatment to address the issues at hand. Playful and creative activities are almost always part of the process for children and families.
I have experience and specialized training in the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents. I have provided comprehensive psychological evaluation for learning disabilities, ADHD, social, behavioral, and emotional functioning, and various child and adolescent issues. I have been trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Children (TF-CBT).
Prior to beginning private practice, I worked as a Child and Family Therapist in an intensive outpatient setting for Trillium Family Services which is Oregon's largest provider of mental and behavioral healthcare for children and families.
I work with parents on really \'listening\' to what the child truly needs.
Teens and preteens have been my focus for 30 years of practice.
Adolescence is a time of tremendous growth and change. Sometimes teens benefit from exploring problems within a trusting therapeutic relationship. Some concerns young people bring: depression, anxiety, concerns about peers, sexuality/sexual identify, pressure to achieve, worries about the future, school / home challenges, substance use, self-harm, referrals from school counselors and doctors.
An adolescent experiences and expresses their feelings differently from adults. I help each build tools for communication and expression to cope with a range of challenges, from a major life change such as parental divorce or death to struggles in school, relationship problems, low self-esteem, sexuality, peer pressure, or adjusting to a new school or home.
I have many years of experience working with adolescents and their families. From crisis counseling to developmental issues, I have helped address a range of concerns for today\'s adolescent. For eight years, I taught a course on adolescent development and psychopathology at Marylhurst University. I enjoy engaging with the unique challenges of the adolescent stage of life.
I've worked many years with teens. You/they can see right through someone that is inauthentic and will call them on it. It is for this reason I take a no-nonsense approach when working with teens. I have had great success with teens that have come in with issues such as optional behaviors, cutting, huffing, bullying, being bullied, and suicidal thoughts.
extensive experience using art, play and family therapy interventions to address child and adolescent mental health and behavioral problems.
Raising kids is tough! So much has changed in the last couple of decades with technology and culture that adolescents today experience numerous problems we never had to deal with growing up (and some we did!). I have worked with kids and families on a variety of topics in home, community, and school-based settings, so I have a variety of tools to address common problems.
I've been working with teens since 1998 when I began volunteering as a mentor for at-risk youth in Portland. Since that time I've worked extensively with teens and families within a wide range of contexts and backgrounds. I typically connect well with teens and parents. Depending on the circumstances, I may work with parents, teens, siblings, the whole family or combinations.
My clinical focus is working with children and adolescents. I have extensive experience working with children and adolescents with behavioral and mental health difficulties. I have worked in a residential treatment center for children and teens as well as in a shelter for at-risk youth. For the last several years, I have been a child and family therapist in a community mental health agency.
Can you imagine being a child dropped off in a strangers office and asked to sit on a couch to talk about your feelings? Play is the language of children and toys are their words. For children I will meet them where they are developmentally through Child Centered Play Therapy. For adolescents, I will also meet them where they are and empower them to express themselves in a productive way.
Facing the challenges of childhood and adolescence can be daunting at times. I enjoy supporting our children and youth in attaining their goals and making positive changes in their lives.
Teens and pre-teens, you are not alone. Whether your parents have signed you up for counseling or you suggested it yourself, I look forward to meeting you. I value the thoughts, feelings and ideas you want to share. I will also honor the thoughts and feelings you prefer keeping to yourself. My goal is to help you feel comfortable and create a space where whatever you're experiencing is welcome.
Worked for Catholic Community Services for 3 years as a child and family therapist.
As a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern, I have specialize academic training in family systems, youth and adolescent development. I also have a background in community mental health working with youth and families in a residential setting.
I work using a variety of modalities, including talk therapy, Child-Parent Psychotherapy, Play Therapy, and attachment based Drama Therapy. I have clinical experience working with a variety of issues and have specialized in early childhood, child sexual abuse treatment, adoption, and family therapy with children in foster care.
I have over ten years experience working with children and their families around abuse, neglect, ADHD, anxiety, school issues and family conflict. Over the years, I have attended many trainings focusing on these issues.
Children and teens require a unique approach to therapy--not just an adaptation of adult techniques. I have extensive experience working with clients aged 5 - 25 who are experiencing many different concerns, ranging from behavioral issues to trauma & beyond. My ability to achieve rapport with kids who may be initially uncomfortable with the idea of counseling is something I pride myself on.
I completed an internship whilst at the Anna Freud Centre in child and adolescent mental health and have worked in private practice for 8 years, community agencies for over 10 years and hospitals for over 5 years, gaining a broad range of practical clinical experience helping adults, teens, children and couples to deal with a range of different life challenges.
For 10 years, I've worked with children, teens and young adults at the K-5, middle, high school and college level. I help children age 8 & up with mental health and its impact on their scholastic and general self-esteem. I'm interested in working with children and adolescents coping with anxiety, bullying issues and children who perceive themselves to think and feel differently than others.
I have a passion working with adolescents, and their passion for life. Adolescents present with a unique perspective on life, which is encouraging to experience.
We have an early childhood building devoted to kids. Also, children and adolescents do particularly well in an environment free of walls.
Whether you're child is struggling in school, has behavioral issues, been diagnosed with ADHD, a learning disorder, or is on the Autism Spectrum, I can help with learning more about how to manage behaviors and work with the children on understanding, coming to terms with, and overcoming their symptoms.
Adolescents face a host of challenges that can get in the way of stability and life satisfaction. Relying on their family support system is often not an attractive option for young people. It can be helpful for youths to seek support outside the family. I strive to be down to earth, nonjudgmental, and relatable. I have spent around eight year working with teens in a variety of contexts.
With over 18 years of experience of working with adolescents in schools and community settings, I enjoy the turbulence, independence, emotions, life challenges, peer and family relationship struggles that the adolescent years bring. I enjoy working individually with the youth and engage the family to support the youth.