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 offer highly attuned, empowerment-based, relevant and uniquely tailored long-term therapy to teenage girls and women. My work emphasizes the cultivation of mindfulness and meaning-making capacities, so that teens learn to navigate the complexities and challenges of life in a way that is true to their authenticity and supports healthy decision-making.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Using art and creative modalities, play and talk therapy, as well as working with the parent and child together, I have a broad sense of how to support children through challenging times including parents\' divorce and separation, school anxiety, and social-emotional skill building.
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 specialize my practice in providing services for the unique needs of infants, toddlers, and children.
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.
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 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 am primarily a Child and Family therapist.
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.
Melanie has extensive experience working with at-risk youth and families, using the Collaborative Problem Solving approach to reducing family conflict.
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 work with children 0-6, within the context of family therapy with their caregiver.
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.
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 adjustment, and behavioral/emotional issues.
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 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.
Helping children and teens learn to manage their feelings and behaviors and find more helpful ways to get their emotional needs met.
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.
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 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 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 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!
Teens and preteens have been my focus for 30 years of practice.
My approach is both child-centered and whole-family oriented. I am curious about your child\'s mind, bring playfulness and creativity to the space and stay keenly tuned to your needs as a family. Through the use od play, sandtray and mindfulness, I see therapy is an opportunity to fortify the security of the relationship.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 bring in-depth knowledge of adolescent development and experience in helping older adolescents pursue growth-enhancing relationships, post-secondary education, and work.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.