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

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 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 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.

It is difficult being a child or teenager in today's world! And developmentally this is a very important time in one's life. I began working with adolescents in 2004, and have gained in-depth experience with developmental, social, and intra-personal teenage issues.

The adolescent years are filled with immense physical, emotional, and cognitive change. While this developmental period is undoubtedly exciting, it can also present adolescents and families with newfound challenges. My previous experiences—as a therapist, coach, and teacher—have given me exposure to the unique challenges of adolescence.

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

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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 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

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.

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 sigiifcant experience working with youth of all ages, including those who are extremely at risk.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Completed fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at OHSU

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

Melanie has extensive experience working with at-risk youth and families, using the Collaborative Problem Solving approach to reducing family conflict.

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.

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.

As a child and adolescent therapist, I have supported youth in processing and coping with environmental and developmental stressors . Some of the stressors include, but are not limited to bullying, adjusting to family/parental transitions, social pressure, body and gender issues, and self-harming/suicidal ideation.

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.

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.

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 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 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 began my clinical work with children and adolescents in 2006 in Massachusetts on a psychiatric unit. I have since worked in hospitals,as well as working in inpatient and outpatient care running therapy groups and working with individuals.

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.

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.

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 primarily work with teenagers.

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 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 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.

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.

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