Therapy with Children and Adolescents

As a parent...

I know from personal experience that there is nothing more excruciating than seeing your child in distress. All of our impulses and instincts urge us to fix it,  make it better and bring their smiles and giggles back again. 

Unfortunately, sometimes our kids need more support than we know how to give. 

In those instances, kids  may need the expertise of a psychotherapist who has been specifically trained to treat children and adolescents. 

Your child may need support from a counselor if they are experiencing:

 changes in mood


 sleeping or eating more or less than they normally do 

 or having difficulties in school or with peers. 

Some children may act out while others may become withdrawn and lose their enjoyment in activities or friendships they once loved. When a child has difficulties in multiple areas (school, home & peers, for example) this can also be a sign that your child may need additional support from a therapist.

If you're feeling overwhelmed and at a loss, scared and unsure about how to best support your child, I can help.  I want to help you determine what will be most helpful for your child while also providing a space for you to vent, problem-solve, share progress, and gain strategies that are individualized to suit the needs of your child and your family. 

 I can help your child and family navigate feelings of caregiver fatigue, self-blame, guilt, shame, grief, anxiety and uncertainty. Most importantly, I will help you and your child discover  and embrace their unique gifts and talents!

I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT #102816) with years of previous experience at non-profit agencies working with families, children and youth of all ages. I have worked with clients with a diverse range of challenges, diagnoses, family and life circumstances.  

My clients find me gentle, compassionate, genuine, and playful with a rich sense of humor. I strive to provide my clients with a knowledgable, encouraging and loving ally as they navigate parenting challenges and joys. 

 I have a bright, welcoming child therapy room filled with toys for play therapy. I also have a sand tray and expressive arts therapy room where kids can paint or draw or use the sandtray to find expression for what they may not be able to put into words just yet. 

 Some of my specialties are:

  • helping families adjust and move forward after a child or teen's diagnosis (ADHD, depression, anxiety, PTSD, Trauma response, disruptive behaviors etc).
  • helping families with children/youth who have developmental, or learning differences
  • working with attachment disruptions and temperamental fit issues. 
  •  feelings identification and expression 
  • mutually respectful, non-violent communication skills for both children & families
  • treating risky behaviors, self harm or suicidal thoughts
  •  acting out or other behavioral issues which stem from mental health issues or trauma
  • the complex challenges of families with children on the Autism spectrum
  •  age appropriate mood regulation and mindfulness practices 

I am trained in and use evidence-based practices, including Dialectical Behavior Therapy, trauma-informed practices, art and play therapy, mindfulness and meditation. 

If you are concerned about your child and wondering whether or not to seek therapy, I have placed links to several articles to the right that will hopefully help you  and give you some good information as you make your decision. 

You are also welcome to call and speak to me about your child's issues and your concerns. Phone consultations are absolutely free and as someone who is passionate about the well being of children and families, I very much enjoy speaking with parents regardless of whether or not they choose to pursue therapy at this time. 

Also, please check out the calendar page for local parenting workshops, support groups and speaking engagements which are designed to support the mental health and well being of parents and children.