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 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

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
 

I have been utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Focus Cognitive Behavior therapy, and play therapy successfully since 2000 as a tool to help children learn how to communicate their feeling while learning to control their emotions effectively.

— Nina Fox, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Clarksville, IN

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
 

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

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
 

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

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 Edenton, NC
 

I am trained in Experiential play therapy and Filial play therapy (parent/child) and enjoy working with children and their parents to decrease difficult behaviors like physical and verbal aggression and meltdowns.

— Kim Surve, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in New Brighton, MN

I provided school-based therapy services for over three years.

— Sarah Cox, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Valdosta, GA
 

I have a certificate in Play Therapy and believe strongly in the power of play. Play is a child’s natural language. Using Play Therapy provides a therapeutic approach that is child-centered and evidence based. It helps children process a variety issues from anxiety, traumatic experiences, social difficulties, life changes and many more issues. Through attuning with the child the therapist builds trust, helps with social and emotional regulation and improves communication skills.

— Jessamy Whitsitt, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Seattle, WA

Over a decade of experience caring for children in non-clinical settings, graduate level courses in clinical treatment of children, and over a year of supervised clinical experience working with children with special needs and severe emotional disturbance.

— Sophia DeVito, Social Worker
 

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 , CA

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 ,

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. Valentin, Clinical Social Worker in Middlesex, NJ