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!

Meet the specialists

I have 20 years clinical experience working with children through various developmental phases.

— Jennifer Wendt, Clinical Psychologist in San Diego, CA

I conduct psychotherapy for children and adolescents (as young as age 3) on a variety of issues, including behavioral issues, autism/Asperger's, anxiety, depression, divorce, grief and loss, anger, making and keeping friends, handling peer pressure, low self-esteem, inattention and difficulty focusing, and poor school performance. Addressing these concerns can increase your child's self-esteem, improve their social relationships, and help them to reach their full potential.

— Miranda Gabriel, Psy.D., Clinical Psychologist in Campbell, CA

I work with very young children on up with anxiety, fears, phobias, nightmares, separation anxiety, perfectionism, OCD and everything else.

— Shelly Scamardo, Psychologist in Barrington, IL

Whether your child/teen is experiencing anxiety, disruptive behaviors, difficulties in school, or another concern, or you would like some new positive parenting strategies, I am here to support your family's growth. When working with children, I collaborate closely with their parents and caregivers in order to practice new skills outside of therapy.

— Annie Holleman, Psychologist in Austin, TX

I have experience and specialized training in the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents. I have provided comprehensive psychological evaluation for learning disabilities, ADHD, social, behavioral, and emotional functioning, and various child and adolescent issues. I have been trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Children (TF-CBT).

— Alana Duschane, Clinical Psychologist in Portland, OR

One of my passions and specialties is working with children and families. I have worked for several years providing care to children and their families in addressing mental health, adjustment, ADHD and emotion regulation concerns.

— Anna Gavrishova, Counselor in Vancouver, WA

Children have alot of stimulation to manage in a day! They can struggle with self-control of their feelings and behavior, their ability to manage the social complexities of peer and family relationships, and their own self-confidence. They and their parents can benefit from therapy for development and coaching in stress management skills, for learning to talk about feelings instead of acting them out, and for confidence in learning and independence.

— Cathleen Rea, Clinical Psychologist in Charlottesville, VA

I have 8 years of experience working with children and adolescents in mental health settings including residential and hospital settings, day treatment programs, and outpatient care. I specialize in working with children with severe behavioral difficulties such as aggression, self-harm, and defiance. I have expertise in treating trauma, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Reactive Attachment Disorder, and more.

— Kendra Phoumivong, Clinical Social Worker in Pooler, GA

I love working with children who tend to worry a lot, and expect a lot of themselves. I also work well with adolescents that want to come into therapy, and want to understand more about their symptoms or behaviors. These can range from general anxiety to self-harm.

— Natalia El-Sheikh, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Castro Valley, CA

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 Lakewood, CO

I have worked with children with ADHD, ASD, ODD, CD, DMDD, RAD, and other behavioral issues. I use Applied Behavioral Analysis to take data and determine a treatment plan with effective interventions. I teach you the tools to help your child manage their behavioral challenges, as well as provide the child techniques to better cope and express themselves appropriately.

— Heather Soellner, Counselor in ,

I have specialized training in working with young children, ages 0-6, using interventions such as Child-Parent Psychotherapy, and the Pyramid Model for Supporting Social Emotional Competence in Infants and Young Children.

— Caitlyn Dunham, Clinical Social Worker in Auburn, MA

I utilize Play Therapy & Expressive Art Therapy to work with children as young as 4 y/o to work on a variety of issues from ADHD/ADD, depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders, bullying, school issues, behavioral issues and sibling conflicts. We work on ways to cope and develop healthy strategies to empower the child to begin the healing process. Kids are more equip to deal with their struggles after Play Therapy because it relates to them where they are.

— Julie Goch, Counselor in Canton, OH

When your child is struggling, you feel their pain. Anxiety, depression, anger, trauma, and self esteem issues can impact school, family life, and friendships. I help you child or teen develop the skills to cope with big feelings and challenges. I also support you in helping your child manage issues in a warm and caring way.

— Heather Chamberlain, Clinical Psychologist in San Rafael, CA

Children under age 10 benefit from Play Therapy to assist with emotional regulation, frustration tolerance and impulse control. In addition, I provide parent sessions to assist with interventions at home.

— Sally James, Counselor in Spring, TX

Working with children is one of my specialties. I see all sorts of issues that children may be experiencing.

— Doris Curry, Psychotherapist in Fayetteville, NC

I have 20 years clinical experience working with children through various developmental phases.

— Jennifer Wendt, Clinical Psychologist in San Diego, CA

Many children have difficulties verbally expressing their thoughts and feelings due to difficulties identifying and labeling their emotions. I meet the child on their level--through play--to help them process stressors and learn concrete coping and social skills.

— Anthony Dimitrion, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Ridgewood, NJ

I've worked with kids for over 20 years in a variety of settings, from day treatment to preschools. Kids love to connect with me, and I use playfulness and curiosity to meet them where they're at.

— Nikole Williams, Art Therapist in Saint Paul, MN

I am trained in Collaborative Problem Solving and have had several years of experience working with children and adolescents - ages 3-20 both in and out of the school setting. I have worked within the Special Education system and can assist families with what is an often confusing process. I use art and play techniques, interactive activities, EMDR, and include parents and other family members in therapy

— Carly Henderson, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

My background in Applied Behavior Analysis enables me to provide direct, usable help for issues that parents are often faced with in dealing with their children. I offer insight into why your are dealing with the issues that are occurring, and help for improving the situation.

— Christa Vermillera, Counselor in Melbourne, FL

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 therapy for kids to safely process their challenges in a place of warmth without judgments or conditions.

— Joy Cannon, Counselor in Cedar Park, TX

I am currently pursuing certification as a Registered Play Therapist (RPT), which includes a minimum of 500 hours of play therapy specific experience, 150 hours of play therapy training, and 50 hours of play therapy supervision from a play therapy supervisor.

— Jenna Lavoie, Licensed Professional Counselor in Charlotte, NC

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!

— Dawn Hamilton, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Redlands, CA

I have experience working intensely with children, adolescents, and families with significant behavioral and mental health struggles that put kids at risk of removal from the home.

— Kelsey Crabtree, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Asheville, NC

Preteens, or those children who are age 9 - 11, are in a unique stage of life where they are no longer children, but are not at the stage where they are comfortable sitting across from an adult for a traditional therapy session. I work to tailor my approach to your child's unique communication abilities.

— Raeleen Davis, Licensed Professional Counselor in Rochester Hills, MI