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 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

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

I work with children ages 6yrs and up to increase social and emotional learning skills. I use a heavy emphasis on mindfulness activities as well as emotional regulation skill building.

— Hope Perini, Counselor in Barre, VT

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, Mental Health Counselor in Atlanta, GA

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

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

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

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

Ms. Escalante has training in Child-Parent Psychotherapy, Play Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Behavioral Modification to assist children in addressing a wide range symptoms, behaviors, and stressors. Sarah has 7 years of experience serving children and adolescents in outpatient settings. Prior to private practice, Sarah worked at a school district providing school based counseling.

— Sarah Escalante, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Newport Beach, 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

I work with kiddos suffering from anxiety, depression, self esteem, ADHD, and behavioral issues. It’s important that a child’s mental wellness is attended to from an early age so that as they go through life they have the tools they need to be successful. I view this work as a team effort between you me and your kiddo. I want to make sure you have a solid collaborative relationship that will last forever, so your kiddo knows you are they’re greatest supporter and they can always ask for help.

— Alisha Olson, Licensed Clinical Social Worker - Candidate

I've worked with kids both as a therapist and a teacher and truly understand children's developmental needs. I specialize in working with kids (ages 0-18) with special needs, mental health issues, or both.

— Lianna Purjes, Clinical Social Worker in Denver, CO

Child issues including anxiety, depression, self esteem, and poor coping abilities. Stressors to explore include bullying, family transition or changes, or social skill challenges.

— Heather Silivanch, Counselor in Morristown, NJ

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

Children’s therapy looks different from adults or adolescents because typically, children are better able to express themselves through their play and art than just through words. Using these methods, I will help your child express and understand their feelings and problems.

— Julie Klamon, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Agoura Hills, 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 ,

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

My heart goes out to the overlooked people of the world, sometimes that is our littlest ones. I believe in the resilience of children and am honored by the creative, brave families I've met. It's my goal to build up the support system around the child as well as provide individual play therapy for kids to safely work through their challenges in a developmentally appropriate way without judgments or conditions.

— Joy Cannon, Counselor in Austin, TX

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