Psychotherapy can help children and adolescents in a variety of ways. They can receive emotional support, resolve conflicts with others, understand feelings and problems, and try out new solutions for problems. Goals for therapy may be specific (improved relations with friends or family) or more general (less anxiety).
Adolescence—the teenage years—is a difficult time in everyone’s life. While there are many opportunities there are specific challenges that adolescents go through and need guidance to help them get on a good start to adult life.
But it is important to know that psychotherapy with children or adolescents is often not a quick fix or the easy answer to an immediate problem. It is a complex process that, over time, can reduce symptoms, provide insight, and improve a young person’s functioning and quality of life. While this is a busy time of life, building a relationship and establishing the trust necessary to do work in psychotherapy takes some time.
Parents often feel confused when their child needs services due to special needs. I can collaborate with your child’s school counselors, teachers, special education staff, and school administrators to ensure that your child gets the services that he or she needs. I can attend Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meetings and other school meetings with you to help you advocate for your child.
I’ve worked as a school psychologist in the past, but now I work directly with families as an advocate for their children in the educational system. I remain involved in the school reform movement and am familiar with a wide variety of educational interventions.