Caring For Kids & Families.
Sometimes kids ask for help; sometimes their parents ask for them:
In either case, both you and your child should feel comfortable with me and have confidence that I will apply my developmental knowledge and therapeutic skills to identify and relieve symptoms, facilitate healthy change, and help resolve conflicts. Creating open, trusting, and collaborative relationships with you and your child establishes the foundation of an effective therapy relationship. We’ll begin building this foundation from our first conversation.
For nearly two decades, I have helped children and families learn to manage complex symptoms and difficulties related to anxiety, depression and other mood disorders, neurodevelopmental and learning delays, acute and chronic medical conditions, trauma, as well as adjustment to family change or loss. I also specialize in treating the unique psychological challenges and dynamics of families with children adopted from the U.S. and around the world, many of whom have special needs.
Utilizing a solution-focused, family-centered approach, I help my clients attain greater levels of comfort, coping, and growth. Though individual concerns vary widely, goals always include the development of pragmatic tools and skills necessary for feeling well, as well as repairing and/or maintaining healthy family and social relationships. In all cases, parents and children actively engage in the process of identifying resources and enacting the strategies necessary to sustain the desired changes.
Parents as Partners:
Parents are necessary and active participants and collaborators in each child’s therapy. While I have expertise in children’s emotions, learning, and behavior, you are the greatest expert on your own child. From our initial consultation onward, we will work collaboratively to enhance our understanding of individual and family difficulties and design individualized, effective tools and interventions to help your child (and you!) feel better as soon as possible.
How to Begin:
During our first conversation, we’ll discuss your concerns and the need for psychotherapy and/or psychological evaluation services. Part of the beauty of being a pediatric psychologist is being able to provide both! For more information about the types of psychotherapy and evaluation services I provide, please visit my Services page.
Psychotherapy for Adults:
While I specialize in treating children and families, I provide trauma treatment for adults, too. Please see my EMDR page for more information about this effective psychological treatment for trauma and other life disturbances.