Child Counseling

Counseling for Children

As a parent or guardian, you are motivated to love, support and nourish your child in every way possible. You strive to create an environment for them to grow and flourish on a daily basis. Similarly, if you are concerned about some aspect of your child’s life – a new behavior or a shift in their mood – you likely want to support for them in a way that allows them to continue on to thrive and grow. You may also just have questions about the recent changes you have noticed in your child – especially if it is impacting your child’s day-to-day life at home or at school. Either way, a phone consultation could help to provide some clarity and guidance for you and your family.

Reasons Children Enter Therapy

Problematic behavior
Difficulty with attention
Loss of a parent or guardian
Separation from a parent or guardian
Anger problems
Academic difficulties
Conflicts with siblings or peers
School refusal
Social anxiety

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.