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

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\'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.

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

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

Therapy can become a safe place for teens to share their thoughts and feelings with a trusted counselor that can help them navigate the teen years, which are full of choices that can leave a significant impact on their life. Many teens struggle to find their identity during these years, peer approval and friendships become the main focus and often teens start to seek some autonomy from parents .

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.

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.

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 extensive training and experience working with teens and pre-teens. Adolescence is a period of stress; both for teens and the adults that love them. With stress comes growth and teens are growing a lot! They are managing day to day life and developing personally, cognitively, and emotionally. I enjoy supporting parents and teens navigating this important life transition.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Completed fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at OHSU

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.

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.

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

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

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 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.

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 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 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 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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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 extensive experience & training working w/ children, adolescents and their families on a range of concerns to include issues related to past and present family conflicts, children/adolescent negative acting out behaviors, engaging in high risk behaviors such as drugs/alcohol/cutting, issues related to divorce, domestic violence, eating disorders, gender identity, LGBTQ issues, and parenting

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 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.

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.

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

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 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 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 coordinated a public school counseling program and was a K-12 School Counselor for 16 years. I met with students with personal, academic, career, and family issues (caseload 400+ students). I dealt with just about any problem you can imagine, and did so in an easy going yet structured way students related to.

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.

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

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.

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

I specialize my practice in providing services for the unique needs of infants, toddlers, and children.

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.

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 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

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.

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.

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 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.

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 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 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 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.

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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