Counseling for Children & Teenagers

Solid Child-Clinician Relationship

We begin by getting to know your child. We might just talk, or we might focus on non-verbal activities, such as playing a game, building something, or doing a craft together. Our goal is to establish good rapport, to help your child open up to us.

Measurable Goals

We can help define and understand the issues your child is facing, including:

  • Depression / Frequent Sadness
  • Anxiety / Increasing Worries
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Substance abuse/misuse
  • Over-Sensitivity
  • Pervasisve Development Disorder
  • Adjustment Issues
  • Screening for ADHD
  • Management of ADHD
  • Anger and aggression
  • Self-injury
  • Oppositional and defiant behaviors
  • Peer/Friendship difficulties
  • Communication issues
  • Low Frustration Tolerance
  • Coping with parent divorce
  • Issues with Bullying
  • School Refusal

However, for counseling with children to be effective, we strive to take these subjective issues and create measurable goals, so that we can achieve real results. The older the child, the more involved they are in defining those goals with us. Together, we’ll ask and answer questions like:

  • What will make a difference for you?
  • If things do get better, how will you know?
  • What signs can you look for to determine whether we’re making progress?

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Our objective always is to help your child move forward.

Whole-System Perspective
Our counselors and child psychologists bring a unique depth of experience, to reach beyond the standard behavioral therapy framework and draw on additional resources as needed. This broad perspective is particularly helpful with:

  • Addressing developmental delays
  • Children with autism spectrum disorder
  • Coping with divorce
  • Collaboration in education planning/academic difficulties
  • Coping with past traumas
  • Behavior Management
  • Improving sibling interactions and relationships
  • Strengthening parent/child communications

We will also work with your child’s school and pediatrician to keep everyone connected and informed, for the benefit of your child and your family.

If your child has a diagnosis or difficulties which affect performance in the classroom, it will be important to maintain continuity between home and school. We offer several services to help optimize success at school, both academically and socially.

  • School Staff Consultation
  • IEP Development Consultation