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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Often children have a presenting behavioral issue — such as acting out, withdrawing, or signaling distress to adults and caregivers — and I provide a safe and exploratory environment in which children can process their internal world and the world they inhabit.

— Jasmine Gelber, Licensed Master of Social Work in New York, NY

Child Therapy helps children under 12 years of age to work through issues of trauma, stress, emotional, and social obstacles, as well as to increase their enjoyment, relaxation, and ability to learn. I often blend play therapy with cognitive behavioral therapy in a developmentally appropriate, meaningful way. This helps encourage children to master their fears and impulses, and promotes the development of coping skills, and changing negative behavior patterns.

— Samantha Serbin, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in Austin, TX
 

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

When working with kids, I create a safe and playful environment to build confidence and self-discovery. With younger children. I utilize play therapy as toys and symbols are the language they use to communicate. With teens, I focus more on their personal growth, meeting them where they are at, and collaborating on goals. With both kids and teens, I tend to use what the client is interested in to assist with therapy.

— Eric Norton, Mental Health Practitioner in Minnetonka, MN
 

Parents often come to my practice wondering what they can do when their child is struggling in school or finding it hard to make friends. Children develop at very different rates and it isn’t always clear when getting in trouble is something to be concerned about or just kid stuff. I offer a comprehensive suite of services and will coordinate with teachers, related service providers, pediatricians, and, of course, parents to ensure that the work we do is generalizable and effective.

— Jordan Conrad, Clinical Social Worker in New York, NY

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
 

Your kid is into art? Let's do all the art therapy activities. Got a kid who can't stop moving? We can walk and talk, play freeze dance, explore fidgets, and other ways to move their body. And while we do that thing that connects with your kid, we'll talk about feelings, learn about the brain, and work on whatever is causing struggles in your lives. I'll also talk to you as parents, while balancing privacy and trust for your kid. It's a collaboration, with the child as the priority.

— Lindsay Garrett, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Shenandoah, TX

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
 

I serve clients across the lifespan. However, I have significant experience working with minors ages 4 to 17 in private practice, community clinics, ADHD camps, and school settings. My approach is to "keep it real" with my tiny human clientele and integrate evidence-based interventions that fit THAT client with THEIR identities in their current life situation. I prioritize strength-based approaches and help reframe client behavior from "attention-seeking" to "connection-seeking."

— Casey Brasfield, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in Winston Salem, NC

I spent eight years as a therapist and then Assistant Director of Clinical Services at the Dallas Children's Advocacy Center working with children and non-offending caregivers that experienced neglect, emotional abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse, or witnessed a violent crime and supervising other therapists. I have extensive training and experience in child development, assessment of children, parenting, play therapy, TF-CBT, and EMDR. I am a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor.

— Leslie Boutte, Licensed Professional Counselor in Dallas, TX
 

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 Asheville, NC

I work with children 0-5 years old using play based models. I work closely with the parent to help the understand age appropriate and developmental concerns. I help the parents with behavior modification and how to handle negative behaviors. I use different approaches that help your child respond better to you.

— Kemi Alemoh, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in San Dimas, CA
 

If being a parent is difficult, being a kid is near impossible today. 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, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Monica, CA

Children's play therapy is a natural, self-guided, self-healing process. Using sand tray, art, games and other tools to guide and facilitate healing, I create a safe space for them to explore all aspects of their inner world.

— Nicola Gosen, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Bellingham, WA
 

Play therapy helps children by providing a safe and non-threatening environment for them to express their thoughts, feelings, and experiences safely. Through play, children can communicate and work through their emotions, develop problem-solving skills, improve self-esteem, and learn coping strategies. Play therapy allows children to process and make sense of their experiences in a developmentally appropriate way, which can lead to healing and positive behavioral changes.

— Karen Poynor, LPC, NCC, RPT, Licensed Professional Counselor in Tucker, GA

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
 

As a Registered Play Therapist, I have found that it is essential to understand a child’s developmental needs and use a therapeutic approach that works with that. A child’s natural communication and learning style is through play, so it is through their play that they will build confidence, learn to manage emotions and have healthier relationships.

— Olivia Nash, Psychotherapist in Virginia Beach, VA

I have helped countless children and their families overcome a wide range of issues. The family has to be a part of this process, as the hope is that therapy continues outside of sessions and into the homes and school.

— Brent Harrison, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in LOS GATOS, CA