“A person’s a person, no matter how small.”
Dr. Seuss, Horton Hears a Who! (1954)
At the core of parenting is the fundamental challenge to nurture both attachment and autonomy. Children need counseling in order to learn how to bond emotionally with others, navigate appropriate boundaries, and self-soothe difficult emotions, and they cannot do it alone.
Parents and children have an enormously significant influence on each others’ identity, confidence, and behavior. Families absorb anxiety and shoulder responsibility for challenges in child’s sibling relationships, discipline, social interactions, and even learning.
I facilitate a process for children to broaden understanding and accept greater personal ownership. This therapeutic relationship can act as a catalyst for healing changes in patterns of thought, emotion, and behavior, family relationships, and social decision-making.
I also coach parents to respond to their child’s emotion in ways that nurture confidence, responsibility, and positive social behavior. I encourage creative and playful parenting and confront misguided beliefs about problems and the children who experience them.
I specialize in troubled youth treatments, by facilitating supportive and directive family therapy sessions to address problems relating to attention, behavior, anxiety, depression, anger, social identity, coping with chronic medical conditions, divorce adjustment, and parenting struggles.
I have provided therapeutic services with children, teens, and their families in residential treatment, outpatient clinics, school-based therapy, and churches since 2001.
I work with boys and girls, individually, with parents, and with entire families. To consider whether individual or family sessions may be the best fit, view the page Individual vs. Family.
AAMFT Consumer Updates-Children
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