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

Behavior struggles, trauma, identity, social skills, adapting to middle school, high school.

Adolescence can be a confusing and difficult time for both parents and teens full of behavior and emotions that teens and parents don’t always understand or know how to handle. I work with families to address specific emotional and behavioral concerns including adolescent depression, anxiety and high risk behaviors.

I am a Registered Play Therapist trained in Child Centered Play Therapy.

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 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.

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.

Helping children and teens learn to manage their feelings and behaviors and find more helpful ways to get their emotional needs met.

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.

I enjoy working with both children and adolescents, along with their parents/families, to address challenges that are negatively impacting their lives at home, at school, and with friends.

extensive experience using art, play and family therapy interventions to address child and adolescent mental health and behavioral problems.

I am trained in working with children and adolescents, and I specialize in working with young children. I am trained in Child Parent Psychotherapy, an approach suited for young children who have experienced trauma or loss or who require support in strengthening the parent-child relationship.

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.

Therapy can help children & adolescents adjust to life transitions, improve social skills & self-esteem, manage fears/worries, better understand & regulate their emotions and heal from difficult or traumatic experiences. I love working with children & adolescents (and their families), using techniques such as play therapy, art, humor, talk therapy and skill-building activities.

Extensive training and experience working with the problems associated with adolescence.

I remember how difficult it can be to be a teen- confused about who I am and what I want out of my life, feeling pressure from adults to be a certain way, not sure what to do with my intense emotions. Sometimes just talk therapy isn't helpful for teens and I offer a variety of ways to explore their experience and learn how to navigate lifes ups and downs.

I enjoy working with children and families to find ways to communicate more clearly, work together to support growth and navigate challenging times. I have spend a significant amount of time with adolescents, both individually and with their families to find pathways towards healthy and sustainable living in the relationships to themselves and the world around them.

I have thirty years experience working with children and adolescents adjusting to developmental issues, family issues, disabilities, and academic issues.

I am experienced working with children with a variety of behavioral and emotional challenges. I work from a systemic perspective, believing that you, as the person who knows your child the best, are a critical piece of your child's therapy. I support the parental role, and believe in the good intentions of parents. You are the expert on your child. We will collaborate to help your child.

I work with parents and caregivers who have children with significant behavioral issues as a result of pre-natal alcohol and drug exposure.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

I love kids. I love teens. I have worked with kids and teens in a variety of roles for over 20 years, and I connect with them easily. Most kids and teens won't sit and talk about their struggles. Art therapy and play therapy (which I also have a lot of experience in) can provide a mode of communication and insight.

Some issues that we struggle with as adults begin in childhood, and many of us wish we would have learned strategies much earlier in life. Because of this, this age group is one of main interests. I have experience working with adolescents in my practice, as well as at an at-risk high school, and teen pregnancy shelter.

I have worked with adolescents in clinical settings as a group leader, alcohol and chemical dependency counselor, and school-based mental health counselor. I particularly enjoy helping adolescents, young adults, and their families navigate the often-challenging transition to a healthy adulthood, including issues around problematic substance use and questions around gender or sexual orientation.

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.

I am nationally certified in three evidence-based interventions for children ages 0-17, but predominantly serve children ages. My methods address many symptoms your child may be experiencing: anxiety (including separation anxiety), tantrums, anger/defiance, aggression, sleep/feeding problems, depression, toileting problems, difficulty with transition to school or pre-school, sibling conflict, etc.

My truest focus as a therapist is working with young people, & whatever issues or struggles they may be facing, with a developmentally & culturally relevant approach. All theoretical or practical training has been filtered through this lens, leading to a specialized style of building strong therapeutic relationships, supporting & facilitating young clients' ability to navigate their way through...

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.

I have worked with teens and their families for over thirty years as a therapist and school counselor.

I co-developed a reputable program in schools entitled REACH (Reaching for Educational and Counseling Harmony). There I worked with students faced with various challenges including academic/social/emotional regulation difficulties, trauma and abuse, divorce, grief and loss. I have taken numerous workshops focused on suicide prevention, trauma resolution, and mindfulness practice.

I have over four years of experience providing mental health and addiction treatment to children and adolescents in Nebraska, Oregon and Washington. I have over 100 hours in ongoing education working with this population and am certified as a child specialist in the state of Washington.

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.

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.

Our child therapy specialist works with kids of all ages. Her approach to child therapy is welcoming, creative, and individualized for each child that walks in the door. She involves parents in the therapeutic process to help bring about positive change, increase bonding, promote open communication, and teach skills can you can apply outside of the therapy room at home or school.

The Caring Discipline approach provides researched-based, yet simple guidelines, tools, and practical examples that explain specific ways to help you feel in control of the adult/child relationship so both adult and child will feel respected, secure, and loved. Our classes are appropriate for children ages 2-18.

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.

I have been extensively trained in issues around adolescent mental health through my academic and professional background. I support teens in developing a healthy values system and sense of self as they navigate their transition to adulthood. Working with teens is unique, delicate, and extremely rewarding, as their growth and change seems to be accelerated and magnified in this stage of life.

Children and adolescents go through many developmental stages and periods of atypical behaviors that may be difficult to manage and cope with. With training in human growth and development, play therapy for children and expressive arts therapy, I will meet your child/adolescent where they are and help them increase their self-esteem, develop coping mechanisms and build/strengthen relationships.

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 have worked with adolescents and their families on an off for 12 years in a variety of settings. Treatment focuses on the reduction and resolution of family conflict, support with stages of development and maturation and individuation. I strive to provide adolescents with some of the tools they need to individuate successfully.

I am trained in Collaborative Problem Solving and have had several years of experience working with children and adolescents - ages 3-20 both in and out of the school setting. I have worked within the Special Education system and can assist families with what is an often confusing process. I use art and play techniques, interactive activities and include parents and other family members in therapy

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.

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 have years of experience working with children and adolescents that have experienced loss, trauma, abuse and behavioral issues. I feel very passionate about working with the young population and feel confident that I can connect to them.

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.

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.

My experiences as a Special Educator have prepared me with a clear understanding of adolescents. My goal is work collaboratively to help adolescents navigating this confounding stage of development.

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.

Family is the organizing principle that allows each of its members to grow and prosper. When family is going well, each individual is stronger for the experience; when it is not going well, all members suffer. I have helped thousands of families as they struggle with barriers and find solutions to harmonious living that supports the individuality of each of its members.

With teenagers, I prioritize skills for adulthood, and improving communication with adults and family members. I prioritize working with parents getting simple and effective strategies in place to reduce stress and create more positive support for launching their child into independence.

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.

Children often don't yet have the ability to engage in 'talk therapy'. I use play and art therapy to meet children and adolescents where they are and allow them to process the things that are challenging them in their own way and in their own time. Please ask me about these techniques if you would like to know more.

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.

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.

Completed fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at OHSU

Young children: emotional regulation difficulties, frequent tantrums, low frustration tolerance, defiance, anxiety/fears, low social skills, depression, trauma recovery. Teens: depression, anxiety/stress, self-harm, chronic suicidality, low self-esteem, social difficulties, defiance/rebellion, trauma recovery.

I bring in-depth knowledge of adolescent development and experience in helping older adolescents pursue growth-enhancing relationships, post-secondary education, and work.

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