Children and adolescents

In my experience, by the time parents begin investigating treatment options, they are already feeling frustrated with or distressed about their child, and often a bit undermined in their ability to parent effectively.

I view parents as experts on their children and feel that their love, support, and knowledge of their child are crucial elements to successful treatment. Though the process of starting therapy with children and adolescents often involves some parental coaxing, we have found that once it begins kids discover that they can be remarkable students of their internal life and behaviors, and ultimately greatly value their experience in treatment.

Life stressors

I offer individual treatment and parent-child (dyadic) treatment for children and adolescents, as well as individual parent consultation meetings for a range of mental health concerns and life stressors detailed below:

Diagnostic specialization includes:

  • - Eating Disorders

  • - Emotion Regulation Difficulties

  • - Substance Use Disorders

  • - Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

  • - Generalized Anxiety Disorder

  • - Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

  • - Panic Attacks

  • - Social Phobia

  • - Separation Anxiety

  • - Depression

  • - Oppositional Defiant Disorder
    (e.g. child who frequently argues with adults, often loses temper)

  • - Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

  • - Reactive Attachment Disorder

  • - Developmental Trauma Disorder to the Diagnostic Specialization

Life stressors specialization includes:

  • - Academic Pressures

  • - Post-Adoption Issues and Parent-Child Attachment Related Concerns

  • - Bereavement

  • - Divorce

  • - Parenting Conflicts and Dilemmas
    (e.g., conflicts with spouse or partner about how to discipline, excessive worry about how to parent your child, difficulties handling your child’s new stage of development)

  • - Medical and Health Issues
    (e.g., mental health issues related to or resultant from acute or chronic medical illnesses)

  • - Trauma
    (e.g., childhood physical or sexual abuse, car accident)