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 a passion working with adolescents, and their passion for life. Adolescents present with a unique perspective on life, which is encouraging to experience.

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

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 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.

Adolescence is a time of becoming, working to understand ones\' self, and leaning more fully into an authentic lived experience. This transition period can be one of anxious excitement or stressful angst, but often it is a mix of the two. I value creating space for all experiences and helping adolescents discover and establish their values for a life worth living.

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 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.

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.

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 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).

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.

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 work with children 0-6, within the context of family therapy with their caregiver.

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

I have special training in child development, parenting support and Child-Centered Play Therapy (CCPT), an evidence-based treatment approach for working with children ages 3-10. I have experience working with children, and their families, facing social, emotional, or behavioral challenges, or life transitions.

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 work with children and adolescents who experience anxiety or depressive symptoms, adjustment and attachment related symptoms and difficulties at home, school or in the community. I also support young people through identity formation, and gender and sexual identity exploration. I will meet kids where they are at and help them learn skills to help them associate well within their environments.

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.

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.

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.

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 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

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.

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

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.

Children frequently have difficulty talking about what is bothering them or talking about events that have occurred in their lives. Our approach to counseling children and adolescents is to use a prescriptive method of play or expressive arts therapy (using the best fitting evidenced based practice that meets the needs of your child, integrated into hands-on work that brings counseling to life).

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: tantrums, anger/defiance, aggression, difficulty with transition to school or pre-school, sibling conflict, etc.

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 dedicated my training to issues pertaining to child and adolescent mental health, including difficulties associated with parenting children whose moods and behaviors can be challenging to predict and manage.

In my private practice I treat children/adolescents from the age of 10 and up. Common issues I have experience treating are mood disorders, ADHD, adjustment issues, victims of bullying, cutting, family issues, peer problems, divorce adjustment, and LGBTQIA2+ affirmative therapy.

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.

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\'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.

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.

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

Completed fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at OHSU

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.

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.

Western culture is void of markers that signal to youth their impact and need of by those around them. Without these rites of passage or meaning-making milestones in a young person\'s life, they can become easily adrift. I aim to support a sense of agency and being needed within young people, in an effort for them to find meaning in the lives they choose to lead.

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.

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 have worked with youth since the beginning of my practice in 1999. Attachment impacts each of us in significant ways including brain development. I have always been drawn to this work in hopes of supporting clients in addressing struggles early to potentially avoid or diminish life long struggles with anxiety and depression.

Kids and teens have specific needs in therapy. They\'re facing increasingly complex and challenging situations earlier, and more frequently. They also don\'t always have the verbal skills to adequately explain or identify their inner struggles. We can use art, games and movement to help kids begin to create a vocabulary for noticing and labeling their feelings.

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.

Being a preteen or teen is tough, and youth today seem to be facing more challenges and decisions than ever. Often, youth simply need a space free of judgment to explore who they are and where they're going. I believe in the transformative power of a safe, supportive relationship to explore identity issues, mental health diagnoses, relationships, and family conflict.

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.

It\'s tough being a kid today. Heck, it was tough being a kid when we were kids. I have worked with kids of all ages for over 10 years. I am specifically trained as a child and family therapist, and have worked with some of the toughest social/emotional/behavioral challenges out there, including anxiety, depression, self-harm, aggression, school problems, ADHD, Autism.

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 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.

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 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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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 have experience working with adolescents assisting them in navigating the complex issues they face during this stage of development. I assist them in gaining insight into themselves and developing coping skills to manage their experiences.

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.

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