I know that the process of considering counseling and starting counseling is hard, whether it is for yourself or your child! I try to make it comfortable by having a confidential but frank intake discussion with you by telephone in order to determine if my services will fit your needs.
I offer individual counseling services to children and teens using a cognitive-behavioral orientation. This means that I would be teaching your child or adolescent specific physical and cognitive strategies that will help them cope with their unique stressors. While I maintain the confidentiality and priviledge of the child/adolescent, I often recommend specific behaviorally-based techniques to parents in order to support the child’s changes.
Counseling goals might include improving a child’s understanding of their learning differences, reducing maladaptive levels of procrastination, enhanced personal and interpersonal functioning, interpreting other people in novel ways/using perspective taking, increased self-awareness, developing emotional regulation skills, recognizing and modifying the effects of video games/media use on personal functioning, managing attention deficits, reducing anxiety about school or interacting with peers, or coping with difficult circumstances.