It’s so hard when your child is struggling.
Perhaps you’re not sure if you need help, or if your child’s problems will go away with time. Perhaps your child’s school has said it’s time to “see someone.”
It can be confusing and frustrating.
Many children struggle with emotional and behavioral issues at some point while growing up. Many parents feel they have tried to help their child, but things are just not getting better.
It doesn’t have to be so hard. You can help your child.
I’m a clinical psychologist with over twenty years’ experience helping children become their best selves. I will create an individualized treatment plan for your child, drawing on the best practices in child psychology, including play therapy, relaxation, social thinking, cognitive-behavioral, and other strategies. Your child will leave many sessions with “homework” (sometimes family homework), designed to make change and build a positive connection to therapy.
I also believe that parents are the most important people in their children’s lives. Collaborating with you, so you can help your child long past our time together, will be essential to our work.
Here are some of the common problems I treat in my practice:
Anxiety in children is on the rise. And if you have an anxious child, you know that her worry can impact the whole family. Sometimes, “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree,” and it’s hard to help your child manage her worry when you are dealing with your own.
Perhaps your child:
- Asks for reassurance over and over, but never feels better.
- Wakes you up every night, too afraid to sleep in his room.
- Has a meltdown if you leave him with a babysitter on Saturday night.
- Constantly thinks she is going to throw up.
- Needs to do all his homework “perfectly” and always ends up in tears.
- Feels too scared to try new things, like soccer or camp.
With therapy, anxiety doesn’t have to run the show.
Therapy teaches children how anxiety works. They learn to be the “boss of their worry.”
Imagine having a child who can try new things, and feel confident and independent. With therapy, your child will learn that even when life feels scary and challenging (and it will!) she will know how to handle it.
To learn more about how I can help you and your child with anxiety, click here to schedule a free phone consultation.
It’s challenging to raise a child with ADHD.
It’s not so easy to be a child with ADHD, either.
As a parent, you may know that children with ADHD have difficulties paying attention and staying focused. You may know that they are often “hyper” and impulsive.
Years of research on ADHD has shown that the disorder effects much more than attention, concentration, and how hard it is to sit still.
ADHD also causes children to have difficulty with:
- Making friends.
- Feeling motivated to work hard.
- Sticking with activities, sports, or hobbies.
- Handling their feelings, especially anger and frustration.
- Understanding social situations.
- Feeling like they fit in.
- Being flexible.
- Doing their best in school, even if they are on medication.
Therapy and Parent Counseling can help.
With Parent Counseling, parents learn:
- How ADHD is really impacting their child academically, socially, and emotionally.
- How to help their child make friends and do better in school.
- The best way to set limits.
- How to have a happier, healthier relationship with their child.
Children can learn:
- How ADHD impacts them.
- How to handle frustration.
- How to deal with recess and playdates.
- How to become more flexible.
- How to stick with homework.
Your child may have ADHD, but life can be easier.
To learn more about how I can help you and your child with ADHD, click here to schedule a free phone consultation.
Girls and ADHD
Did you know that a boy is four to five times more likely to be evaluated for ADHD than is a girl? That means boys who are possibly suffering with ADHD are four to five times more likely to get the help they need in terms of academic, social, and emotional support.
This bias exists for many reasons: very little research has been conducted on girls with ADHD. In addition, their behavior may be misinterpreted. For example, when a girl is struggling in school she may be seen as “anxious” rather than quietly distracted and unable to focus. If a girl is getting in trouble for talking all the time in class, she may be seen as “too social,” instead of exhibiting the verbal hyperactivity common in girls with ADHD.
Does it seem that your daughter:
- Daydreams a lot in class, and that it interferes with her learning.
- Has to read the same passage over and over.
- Can’t keep up with homework or long-term projects.
- Has trouble making or keeping friends.
- Gets really upset over small things.
- Does her work at the last minute.
- Is extremely disorganized.
- Can’t seem to find activities she really enjoys.
- Is struggling more and more in school as time goes on.
Girls with ADHD may seem quiet and shy, or loud and overwhelming. They may also be struggling with learning disabilities. They may have developed anxiety as a result of dealing with ADHD.
Parents, siblings, and teachers are often frustrated and confused by their behavior. When ADHD is left untreated, girls’ academic performance and self-esteem can plummet.
I understand the unique needs of girls with ADHD. I am passionate about helping them get accurate diagnoses and therapy so they can become their best selves.
To learn more about how I can help you and your daughter with ADHD, click here to schedule a free phone consultation.
Preschool Behavior Problems
You’ve heard of the “terrible twos.” Who knew three and four could be so tough?
Three and four-year-old children often take parents by surprise. Unlike with toddlers, it’s not so easy to distract them when they’re upset or angry. Preschoolers have strong opinions, and they want to have a say in their lives. This is a healthy and normal part of development.
It also means that preschoolers can give their parents a run for their money. You are not alone if your preschooler:
- Argues over what to wear, so you can barely get out of the house.
- Refuses to get ready for bed, or stay in bed.
- Is not happy about the new baby.
- Can’t give up pull ups.
- Clings to you like velcro at the playground.
Therapy for preschool behavior problems is short-term and effective.
I collaborate with parents so they can learn:
- What’s really making their child frustrated
- The healthiest ways to handle an unhappy preschooler.
- How to end bedtime battles.
- How to prevent meltdowns.
- How to handle fears and phobias.
- How to deal with morning rush and “witching hour.”
Life with a preschooler can be easier and even fun.
To learn more about how I can help you and your preschooler, click here to schedule a free phone consultation.
You may notice that your daughter:
- worries about the same things over and over again.
- gets really anxious about tests and projects.
- has friendships that come and go.
- feels she isn’t good enough.
- just can’t seem to find her way.
- is underperforming in school.
- is really sensitive to criticism.
- doesn’t want to try new things.
Sometimes girls’ problems speak more loudly.
You may notice that your daughter is:
- easily angered.
- breaking rules.
- harming herself (cutting).
- dropping activities.
- floundering in school.
It doesn’t have to be this way.
Therapy can help girls thrive.
Therapy helps girls:
- find a sense of purpose.
- learn how anxiety works and how it impacts her thinking and body.
- learn how to use her thinking to cope with anxiety.
- learn relaxation and other mind-body skills to handle stress and anxiety.
- learn how to handle upsetting emotions.
Therapy helps parents:
- build a healthier relationship with their daughter.
- learn positive ways to communicate with their daughter.
- help their daughter develop the coping skills she needs.
ADOLESCENCE ISN’T ALWAYS EASY. BUT IT IS AN OPPORTUNITY.
To learn more about how I can help you and your teenage daughter with anxiety, click here to schedule a free phone consultation.