Child and Adolescent Counseling

Few things hurt like conflict and pain in our close relationships, especially those relationships with our children or teens. I hope clients can see early in our sessions is that it can get better – that the arguing, the loneliness, the disappointment and the uncertainty can come to an end. I can help your child or teenager identify what behaviors and patterns are keeping them stuck and teach them how to shift into more productive, healing conversations and behaviors. I would be honored to help you and them walk from this difficult season towards that better day.

Child and Adolescent Counseling Services

Services are available to help kids understand their emotional needs and struggles and to aid parents in supporting children and teens during the process. Symptoms that your child or teen might be experiencing that counseling could address include:

  • Anger, arguing
  • Not listening, defiance
  • Anxiety
  • School avoidance
  • Academic problems
  • ADHD
  • Low self esteem
  • Lying, sneaking out
  • Depression
  • Self harm
  • Friendship/peer group issues
  • Using drugs or alcohol

Frequently Asked Questions about Child and Adolescent Counseling

My child is nervous about coming to counseling. What can you do to help that?

Counseling is a brand new concept for most kids, so its common to be nervous.  First, parents are always in the room for the first session and I only meet with children alone once they are comfortable in session.  I will explain to kids why families come to see me and then spend time getting to know your whole family. We will usually talk, do some drawing or play with toys together as family.  Finally, we try to save adult topics or discussions about behavior problems for when children are not in the room.

Will you do sessions with my child alone?

Yes, when they are comfortable, we will usually have some individual sessions. However, parents and families are heavily involved throughout treatment.

Will you tell me what my teenager says?

As a parent, you have rights to access your minor’s medical records. I usually ask parents to agree to the boundary that parents will be informed of goals and treatment progress but the specific content of an individual teenager’s session will be kept private.  The exception is if I learn about any risky or unsafe behavior, then we will address that as a family.