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 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 been trained to treat children and adolescents, particularly in developmental changes and trauma. I often utilize music and play therapy techniques to enter into a child\'s world and help them express what they\'re unable to process or say. I specialize primarily in working with teens and issues such as depression and anxiety, peer relations, parenting skills, and school concerns.

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

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.

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.

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

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 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 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.

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.

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.

From anger, defiance, aggression and mood changes to differences in development or difficulty communicating, I use a comprehensive assessment to take a look at the whole child in the context of family, peer relationships, academics, and physical and emotional strengths and challenges. Together we will find the best treatment plan for you and your child, to find lasting change together.

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 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\'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.

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 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.

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.

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 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.

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

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 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.

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.

It can be so frustrating and exhausting to find the right help for a child who is struggling. I provide individual therapy for children and teenagers, ages 6 and over. I like to use both talk and play therapy with younger kids, but counseling looks different for everyone depending on your child\'s age or personality. I will collaborate with you and your child to best meet your family\'s needs.

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.

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

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.

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 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.

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

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 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.

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

I work with youth ages 10 and up.

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 work with parents on really \'listening\' to what the child truly needs.

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

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.

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.

Worked for Catholic Community Services for 3 years as a child and family therapist.

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.

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 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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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 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).

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