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

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
 

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 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 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

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
 

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

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
 

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

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
 

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 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
 

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 in ALBANY, NY

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
 

I have supported parents, caregivers, and future parents and their children in addressing emotional, relational and behavioral needs. I am rostered in Child-Parent Psychotherapy through the UCSF Child Trauma Research Program. I completed my Post Master's Clinical Fellowship at UCSF Children's Hospital in Oakland in the Early Intervention Services Department where I received specialized training on child-parent therapy.

— Shohreh Schmuecker, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Lafayette, CA

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
 

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

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
 

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