Child and Adolescent Therapy

 

San Francisco Child Adolescent Therapy

Child Therapy

Children experience the world in fresh and unique ways. Change is to be expected: the challenges of today may not be the challenges of tomorrow. I have extensive experience working with young children around the myriad issues they face. My goal with children is to help them build a secure inner foundation that allows them to be open and curious to all the world has to offer.

From a child development perspective, we need to realize that each child is unique – very unique. The expected gains and behaviors for one child may be fully inappropriate for another child, and I am sensitive to the individual needs of a specific child. The family environment, the home/school relationship, the word of friends and siblings . . . . . . children need help navigating all of this as they build their personalities and characters.

I use many techniques in working with children: play therapy, expressive art, talk therapy and EMDR among them. Using these tools, I help children work through the many issues they face.

Child Therapy Specialties

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Trauma
  • Learning Challenges
  • Social-Cognitive Disorders (Autism, Asperger’s, Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities)
  • ADD and ADHD
  • Adoption
  • Divorce Adjustment
  • Illness and Chronic Pain
  • Attachment Disorder

Adolescent Therapy

Adolescents can be creative, interesting, exciting, inspired; they can also be moody, self-centered, secretive and impulsive. It is often difficult to tell if these moods and behaviors are in keeping with typical adolescent development, or if therapy could be helpful to put them on course for a happy and productive adulthood.

I have worked extensively with adolescents on issues that include school, family relations, peer acceptance and choice-making. I carefully determine the best way to include the family in adolescent treatment while still maintaining the essential autonomy of this emerging adult.

Teen Therapy Specialties

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Trauma
  • Sexuality
  • Relationship struggles
  • Eating disorders
  • Substance Abuse
  • School phobia

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Psychotherapy, Consultation and EMDR
Hayes Valley, San Francisco

(415) 238-7624