Child Issues

Today’s children face a variety of unique issues. As children grow, they go through many mood and behavior changes. Although these changes can be difficult – both for the children and for the caregivers – they are usually normal, predictable and no cause for concern. However, when a child is having trouble at home, school or with friends, or is struggling to process a routine or traumatic event (for example the birth of a sibling, death of a loved one, bullying, or abuse), the help a professional may be needed. A mental health professional who specializes in child issues can be a great asset in helping a child (or their caregivers) navigate this distinctive time in their lives. Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s experts today!

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I adore working with youth and discovering their unique potential. Kids learn by doing. In sessions, I teach acceptance and commitment therapy skills to help children manage emotions and build resilience. This can be done by using activities to teach about feelings and coping skills. I may also teach mindfulness and breathing techniques as a way to self-regulate. Most importantly, I help kids the skills they learned by playing games or solving problems.

— Lindsay Lorson, Clinical Social Worker in La Vernia, TX

Childhood is a period of rapid growth and change. Their lives are often in the hands of their parents, which means that life transitions, move, and family dynamics may happen and bring up complex feelings and fear. As a child therapist, my primary goal is to create a safe space for children to explore the world that is moving around them and help them find their unique place in the chaos. My balance of play and talk will help them develop productive ways to express the complex emotions of life.

— Cristina Shea, Psychotherapist in New York, NY
 

I have worked with children with issues of bullying, family dynamics, navigating life transitions, school stress or difficulties, and more.

— Elizabeth Latsos, Social Worker in New York, NY

Kids let us know what they need through the way they act - shyness, self-criticism, sensitivity. They don't always have to words to express what's happening inside and so they often show us something is wrong by acting differently. Shutting down, not speaking up in class, not making friends, separation anxiety, spending a lot of time alone, saying mean things about their bodies - these are all clues that something else is going on. I'd love to connect and hear more about what you're noticing.

— Sarah Jane Thomas, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA
 

When there is conflict in the parent-child relationship levels of stress for anyone in the family increase. It is important for parents to be able to have a space to process and sort through the experiences they are having with their child, so they can choose a path that leads to less distress and more enjoyment. The work can be to learn new tools to navigate parenting, and to learn new concepts to understand the child better. Parents need a safe space to explore their experiences in parenting.

— Luisa Bakhoum, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate

I have been working with children under that age of 10 using play therapy and art therapy. I truly enjoy working with this population and continue to attend continued education courses to gain more information and insight on how best to work with children and their changing needs.

— Lindsay Callahan, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Colorado Springs, CO
 

If being a parent in 2022 is difficult, being a kid in 2022 is near impossible. I am passionate about working with children and adolescents in close collaboration with parents/care-givers to assist in a myriad of issues, including anxiety, depression, school avoidance, bullying, self-esteem, divorce, co-parenting, and trauma. I utilize a unique combination of interactive play therapy, relational therapy, and EMDR (if appropriate) in order to give your child the most effective therapy experience.

— Nicole Bermensolo, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

I am currently a Foundational Level Theraplay practitioner and am also pursuing a credential to become a Registered Play Therapist (RPT). The RPT credential is designated to therapists who have a met a certain level of education and as well as a certain level of hands-on experience using play therapy to work with children and families. I have currently completed 2/3 of my training and hands-on experience.

— Christine M. Valentín, Clinical Social Worker in Middlesex, NJ
 

I am a registered play therapy supervisor, with specialized training in treating children and adolescents through the language of play. Yes, this can be done via telehealth! I will provide a packet to children under 12 with resources to utilize during sessions. For adolescents, I provide specific skills training and creative therapies to aid in regulation of emotion.

— Elizabeth Reed, Clinical Social Worker in Charlotte, NC

Working with children and families is one of my great joys. I have significant experience working with children, teens and their families. My work with children and families is based in family systems theory, which means that I believe that each component and relationship of the family deserves attention. Therapy with me would include sessions with parents, child/teen and at times, all of us together. I want to be a supportive and caring change agent for your family.

— Kayla Tsongas, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Los Angeles, CA
 

I have worked with children and young people for over 15 years across multiple settings including schools, outpatient mental health clinics, adoption organizations and in private practice. I have extensive training in child-centered therapies and am passionate about working with children by speaking their language using play therapy, EMDR for children and Theraplay, a family-based play therapy to strengthen and build the parent-child relationship.

— Robyn Holmes-Cannon, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA

Kids are so fun and difficult to figure out. They can have "big feelings" and responses that confuse us adults. I have extensive experience with Play Therapy. Play is the language of kids and helps them identify and express their feelings, regulate emotions, learn new skills, and process current and past feelings. Whether experiencing parent separation, loss, anger, anxiety, school stress, or disconnection; play can help. I also use books, art, narrative therapy, and skill building.

— Susan Ponton, Clinical Social Worker in ,
 

I am certified in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, which is an evidence-based therapy for children ages 2-7. As caregivers, you desire to have a close, loving, and fun relationship with your child. When this is not the case, time with your child can feel frustrating, overwhelming, and exhausting. With PCIT, you can learn some fun ways to play with your little one and some healthy and effective ways to increase compliance.

— Ally Monarch, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

My passion is supporting parents! Are you exhausted by your child’s whining, tantrums or refusals to listen? Are you embarrassed by their public meltdowns? I understand because I’ve been there myself. If your child refuses to follow directions, is easily upset or irritated, throws things, hits, bites, or struggles with attention on schoolwork, sitting still at mealtimes, or has difficulty with bedtime, I can help with Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT).

— DC Hamilton, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Claremont, CA
 

My passion is supporting parents who have children ages 1-10 with disruptive behaviors that are not responding to traditional parenting. Sometimes parents just need special skills to bring peace and warmth back to their homes. I also provide Trauma-Focused CBT for children who have experienced a life stressor like a natural disaster, car accident, abuse, grief from loss of a family member, recent parent separation/divorce among other stressors. Healing is possible!

— DC Hamilton, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Claremont, CA

Child/Play Therapy helps children to improve communication and interpersonal skills. It focuses on a child's interests and encourages interaction based on the child's favorite activities. Our professionals, collaborate to help children deal with emotional trauma, anxiety, grief, behavioral problems, neurological conditions and mental illness.

— Washington Psychological Wellness, Mental Health Practitioner in Gaithersburg, MD
 

Working with children and families is one of my great joys. I have significant experience working with children, teens and their families. My work with children and families is based in family systems theory, which means that I believe that each component and relationship of the family deserves attention as well as the family as a whole. Therapy with me would include sessions with parents, children and sometimes all of us together. I want to be a change agent for your family.

— Kayla Tsongas, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Los Angeles, CA

Working with children and families is one of my great joys. I have significant experience working with children, teens and their families. My work with children and families is based in family systems theory, which means that I believe that each component and relationship of the family deserves attention. Therapy with me would include sessions with parents, child/teen and at times, all of us together. I want to be a supportive and caring change agent for your family.

— Kayla Tsongas, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Los Angeles, CA
 

At Newport Academy, we believe that true transformation occurs as our teens learn to see themselves as beautiful, bright, and powerful people who can take control of their own lives. In order to help our patients achieve that goal, we maintain the highest possible standards for our services, and commission third-party evaluations of our programming. By consistently gathering and analyzing data related to our outcomes, we’re able to make more strategic and tailored decisions for our patients.

— Newport Academy, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Orange, CA