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

Gina Parks, QMHP is a pre-licensed intern who is trained in Art Therapy. She specializes in children and adolescents with anxiety and trauma, integrating play therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and collaborative problem solving for a client centered approach. \n

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 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).

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Teens and preteens have been my focus for 30 years of practice.

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.

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 been working with teens for many years, and they are my passion. I know how to connect with adolescents, help them understand their needs, and identify their strengths. I advocate for them because they don’t know how to do this for themselves, and I work to give them hope and courage to be authentically themselves.

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.

We have an early childhood building devoted to kids. Also, children and adolescents do particularly well in an environment free of walls.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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 work with youth ages 10 and up.

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.

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.

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.

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 10 years providing mental health therapy to children and adolescents in residential, outpatient, home-based, and school settings. My graduate training took place in child and adolescent clinics and I received intensive training in family therapy during my internship year. I have also worked as a research interventionist at University of Oregon on child issues.

I love helping kids by offering a supportive adult outside the family. I work with kids who are feeling anxious, sad and overwhelmed by the demands of school, friends and family.

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.

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 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.

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

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 experience working with children and adolescents who experience anxiety or depressive symptoms, difficulties at home or school, adjustment and attachment related symptoms, struggles with identity formation, bullying, and gender and sexual identity exploration. I will meet kids where they are at and teach them skills to help them associate well within their environments.

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.

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.

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'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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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 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 work with parents and caregivers who have children with significant behavioral issues as a result of pre or post natal “toxic stress” such a prenatal substance use exposure or pre and post natal trauma .

I have worked as a Child and Family Therapist in community mental health for the last 5 years. My experience includes supporting families through transition, assisting parents in restructuring expectations and setting limits, and increasing communication within family system. My work also includes running girls groups for adolescents that target self esteem, social expectations, and self worth.

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.

I have 7 years experience working with children, teenagers, and young adults. I prefer to work with adolescents and young adults.

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 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.

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 have extensive experience and training in issues around child and adolescent mental health issues, including eating disorders, body image issues, and substance abuse. Through therapy, I support children and young adults in expressing and exploring their lived experience and understanding of things, resolving emotional blocks, and ultimately, heal and grow.

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.

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 have extensive training in using child-centered play therapy with young children where play is the child's language and toys are their words. I also often incorporate the expressive practice of Sandtray therapy into my work with adolescents.

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.

I have worked with youth and their families for over 30 years (as a youth mentor for 20 and in the schools for seven as a school counselor). I love helping young adults find a path to their future and help parents become the best consultants they can!

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.

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