During treatment, I actively work on balancing three equally important roles as a professional working with children: therapist, teacher and coach. As a therapist, my goal is to validate a child’s experiences and feelings, with the goal of providing an environment where they feel safe and understood. As a teacher, I work to provide them with appropriate coping skills they can use to help themselves to feel better. Finally, as a coach encourage them to practice and develop habits that will contribute to their overall sense of well-being.
No one knows a child better than their parent or guardian, and I rely on information from parents/guardians throughout the course of treatment. Parents/guardians provide invaluable information about their child’s mood and behavior at home, including interactions with family members, and how they spend their free time. In addition, parents/guardians often provide crucial information that may be missing from a child’s self-report.