Licensed Clinical Psychologist

"Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines." - Robert Schuller

Child & Adolescent Counseling

Some kids need help dealing with school stress like homework, test anxiety, bullying, or peer pressure. Others need help to discuss their feelings about family issues, particularly if there's a major transition like divorce, move, or serious illness. Therapy can help children and teens develop problem-solving skills and also teach them the value of seeking help.

Goals for therapy may be specific (reduced anger outbursts, improved relations with friends or family) or more general (less anxiety, better self-esteem). The length of psychotherapy depends on the complexity and severity of problems. Counseling sessions may involve just the child/adolescent, and other times sessions will include the child/adolescent, parents, legal guardians, or other significant family members. I believe when you work with a child or adolescent, you work with the whole family. Thus, regular parent communication is encouraged. Before a child or adolescent begins therapy, ALL legal guardians (including divorced or separated parents) must give their consent to treatment.

I use a collaborative approach to help children and their families with the ability to cope with stressful situations and to find ways to address emotional and behavioral issues. I currently provide counseling services to children and teens ages 9 through 19. I have afternoon appointments and early evening slots available to accommodate school schedules.

Should My Child See a Therapist?

Significant life events — such as the death of a family member, friend, or pet; divorce or a move; abuse; trauma; a parent leaving on military deployment; or a major illness in the family — can cause stress that might lead to problems with behavior, mood, sleep, appetite, and academic or social functioning. In some cases, it's not as clear what's caused a child to suddenly seem withdrawn, worried, stressed, sulky, or tearful. But if you feel your child or teen might have an emotional or behavioral problem or needs help coping with a difficult life event, trust your instincts.

Signs that a child may benefit from seeing a psychologist:

  • Behavioral problems such as excessive anger, acting out, significant irritability
  • Significant drop in grades, particularly if your child normally maintains high grades
  • Development of or an increase in physical complaints, such as headaches or stomachaches, despite a normal physical exam by your doctor
  • Signs of alcohol, drug, or other substance use (such as solvents or prescription drug abuse)
  • Problems in transitions following separation, divorce, or relocation
  • Episodes of sadness, tearfulness, or depression
  • Social withdrawal or isolation
  • Being the victim of bullying or bullying other children
  • Decreased interest in previously enjoyed activities
  • Learning or attention problems (such as ADHD)
  • Sudden changes in appetite, particularly in adolescents
  • Excessive school absenteeism or tardiness
  • Management of a serious, acute, or chronic illness
  • Bereavement issues