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 help tweens learn how to process and communicate their emotions in healthy ways, changing self-defeating behaviors and improving their sense of self. Identifying ways for tweens to cope with anxiety and depression is also part of my work. Some of the common issues tweens come to see me about are Anger expression Suicidal thoughts and behaviors Self harm Depression Social media (over)usage Bullying Acting-out behaviors and aggression Low self esteem Anxiety

— Jennifer Trinkle, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Berkeley, CA

I have been working with children for the last three years. I was part of a Child and Family Program at an Outpatient Community Mental Health setting for the last 2 years where I have experience working with foster parents, co-parenting, single parents and their children. I have experience working with children with a trauma history, who are struggling with anxiety, ADHD, life transitions, and who have been struggling in school. I encourage caregiver involvement.

— Rebecca Garetz, Counselor in Portland, OR

Play Therapy is also offered in our dedicated Play Therapy room for children 3 & up. Play Therapy allows young children to express their feelings, thoughts, and needs through creative play with a trained therapist. I work closely with parents/caregivers to address their child's emotional, behavioral, & cognitive needs through Parent Consultations & Coaching.

— Ronda Wegman, Licensed Professional Counselor in Houston, TX

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

Your child looks to you first for guidance and support in navigating the challenges they’re faced with. I am here to connect with your child and help everyone involved create an environment that actually works for your family. I am able to see a child for who they are and, by connecting in a respectful way, I help them learn how to communicate their needs more clearly, build confidence, and cope effectively so that the family as a whole will have new ways to move forward together.

— Al Hoberman, Creative Art Therapist in New York, NY

Specializing in ADHD, Autism, Anxiety and Depression, School Problems, Trauma, and Divorce for children ages birth to 10 years old.

— Erica Petree, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in San Diego, CA

Just as children learn about life through play, in play therapy, they heal and resolve issues through play. I help children learn more adaptive behaviors when they have emotional or social skills deficits. In cases of past trauma, the positive relationship with the therapist, as well as safe re-enactment, provide a corrective emotional experience. Issues targeted are anxiety (including OCD), depression, ADHD, aggression, social struggle, grief and loss, divorce, and learning differences.

— Ofra Obejas, Clinical Social Worker in Redondo Beach, CA

I specialize in childhood emotional and behavioral challenges at home and school, including anxiety, depression, trauma, ADHD, and defiance. I work with families and schools to help meet each child's individual goals and to build children's social and coping skills. I enjoy incorporating art, play, music, and biblio therapy to tailor treatment to each child and make therapy fun and engaging for kids. I use a holistic approach that focuses on mindfulness and work with the child and family on heal

— Anna Fadem, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in SAN DIEGO, CA

I am a Registered Play Therapist, which means I have received specialized training and supervised experience in helping children as young as three work through issues and heal through the natural language of children, play.

— Brent Sweitzer, Counselor in Cumming, GA

I work with children, adolescents, families, and parents providing support for many different challenges. Helping children with: Big Feelings, Highly Sensitive Children/Shy, Anxiety, Rigid Behavior, , Transitions, Self-regulation, Aggression, ADHD, Self-esteem, Divorce, and Loss. Supporting teens with: Anxiety, Highly Sensitive Teen/Shy, Academic Pressure, Peer Pressure, Self-esteem, Grief/loss, Divorce, and Bullying,Identity,Exclusion,Friendships, Family Dynamics, Body Image, and Loneliness.

— Jerrica Danhoff, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in San francisco, CA

Children often are not developmentally able to put into words what is troubling them. Instead, their struggle often presents by tantrums, acting out, crying, whining, sleep issues, somatic complains, clingyness, anger outbursts, to name a few. Childhood is not supposed to be this constant struggle! In my career, I use developmentally appropriate ways of helping children regulate and parent-child feel connected again, including Play and Sandtray Therapy while incorporating latest brain science.

— Isabel Decian, Counselor in Auburn, WA

Helping children express their thoughts and feelings and parents support their child's growth and development.

— Christine Brent, Clinical Social Worker in Rochester, NY

Child counseling is a specialized area of psychology focused on working with children who have a mental illness, have experienced a traumatic event, or are facing a difficult family situation. Child therapy focuses on breaking these problems down so that children can understand and make sense of them. Our therapist have experienced utilizing PCIT or (Parent Child Interaction Therapy) and Trauma Focused CBT to address your child's needs.

— Livewell Behavioral Health, Marriage & Family Therapist in Fresno, CA

I have been working with very young children and families for nine years. I am trained in numerous evidence-based interventions, including Child-Parent Psychotherapy (for kids aged birth to five and their caregivers), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (for ages three and older) and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (to help parents manage challenging behavior in young children ages three to eight).

— Samantha Pugh, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Lafayette, CO