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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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

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
 

We treat and evaluate a large range of child issues including developmental disorders (Autism Spectrum Disorder), anxiety, video game addictions, ADHD, anger management/emotional regulation, parenting strategies, and depression.

— Quintessential Health, Clinical Psychologist in ,

Working with children and families is one of my great joys. I have significant experience working with children, teens and their families. My work with children and families is based in family systems theory, which means that I believe that each component and relationship of the family deserves attention. Therapy with me would include sessions with parents, child/teen and at times, all of us together. I want to be a supportive and caring change agent for your family.

— Kayla Tsongas, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Los Angeles, CA
 

Working with children and families is one of my great joys. I have significant experience working with children, teens and their families. My work with children and families is based in family systems theory, which means that I believe that each component and relationship of the family deserves attention as well as the family as a whole. Therapy with me would include sessions with parents, children and sometimes all of us together. I want to be a change agent for your family.

— Kayla Tsongas, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Los Angeles, 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 certified in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, which is an evidence-based therapy for children ages 2-7. As caregivers, you desire to have a close, loving, and fun relationship with your child. When this is not the case, time with your child can feel frustrating, overwhelming, and exhausting. With PCIT, you can learn some fun ways to play with your little one and some healthy and effective ways to increase compliance.

— Ally Monarch, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

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 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

My work with children and adolescents fills me up! I love seeing a kid's face light up that moment when they start to realize how awesome they really are. I especially love working with kids who feel like an outsider--the ones who feel like life has let them down and struggle to fit in. I became a therapist because I have seen too often how unequal power dynamics can harm folx. I love seeing kids feel empowered & feeling like the experts on themselves.

— Ariel Morado, Counselor in Austin, TX
 

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 extensive experience working with children that have difficulty identifying their emotions and helping them learn to manage them. I additionally teach parents helpful approaches that actually work, including offer education consultation for 504 & IEPs for special education services.

— Dotti Howe, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in WALTON, NY
 

I focused my studies at UCONN School of Social Work on child and adolescent mental health issues, and went on to train and work for almost a decade at the Yale Child Study Center - working with children, adolescents, parents and families both in-home and through outpatient services. I believe in the motto "Children do well when they can." I work through a strengths-based lens that allows me to be more effective in helping my clients develop the skills and mindset they need to succeed.

— Camilla Schnaitmann, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Fairfield, CT

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
 

Are you stressed about your child having tantrums, anger outbursts, hyperactivity, defiance, impulsivity, or huge emotional meltdowns? Do they have a hard time getting along with other kids or get phone calls from the teacher about their behaviors in class? Or perhaps you're concerned about something related to Autism, ADHD, trauma, or other life stressors? It can feel overwhelming, but I'm here to help you navigate these challenges!

— Madison Crook, Licensed Professional Counselor in Greenville, SC

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

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