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 worked with children and teens in various capacities for over 13 years. I am able to meet them on their level and communicate with them in ways they communicate best. I work with various issues children deal with including Trauma, ADHD, adjusting to change, and so many more. I love children and want them to be able to face this world with strength and dignity.

— Chandler Baggett Whitford, Counselor in Ayden, NC

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

Child and adolescent psychotherapy can assist your child to develop coping skills to manage anxiety, stress, depression, or other behavioral challenges. Through the use of evidence-based treatments such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, your child can learn to change distressing thoughts, emotions, or behaviors that may be holding them back.Family counseling can also support parents to strengthen parenting skills to help manage behavioral challenges such as impulsive or oppositional behaviors.

— Melissa Kramer, Clinical Social Worker in Middletown, NJ

Even if we grew up in a "healthy" household, that does not mean our emotional needs were met. What I mean by that is perhaps we had a roof over our heads, food in our bellies, and a tv. What we lacked though was a sense of emotional connection to a parent or caregiver. This can lead to feelings of loneliness and emptiness in our adult lives. So to cope with this, we try and fill ourselves with things that make us feel good temporarily: food, drugs, sex, gambling, pleasing others, caregiving. I am here to tell you that you are not alone and your childhood pain can be healed. You can feel whole and complete without any outside fillers. In fact, the best way to feeling peace and clarity is by looking inside and strengthening your inner truth. For adults who experienced childhood abuse by a neglectful, enmeshed, self-absorbed or narcissistic parent, I have created a treatment plan that will help you form new healthy relationships with others and with yourself.

— Roxanna Saremi, Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

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

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

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 Trumbull, CT

By creating a safe and comfortable environment in which you child can learn to use a variety of tools to understand their thoughts, feelings and behaviors in order to promote change. Younger children, including preschoolers, can also use creative activities, better known as play therapy, as a natural way to express themselves. Through a variety of tools, including dolls, sand tray, art, play, and dance/movement, younger children can communicate their thoughts and feelings.

— Michelle Magida, Counselor in Buffalo Grove, IL

I provide play therapy for young children. Often times, parents are included in the child's play. Child-parent therapy is an interactive, play-based approach in which I meet with you and your young child together. Child-parent therapy is an interactive, play-based approach in which I meet with you and your young child together. Sometimes, it's hard for parents to make sense of their child's cues and behaviors, resulting in tension and frustration for both the parent and child.

— Danielle Powell, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Kingston, NY

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

— Jennifer Wendt, Clinical Psychologist in San Diego, CA