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

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

Working with child issues is one of my passions! Whether your a parent or guardian trying to find answers for your child, I’d be happy to walk with you through that journey and not just keep referring you out if it’s unnecessary.

— Shelby M. Upton, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Fort Worth, TX

I have completed special training in Child-Centered Play Therapy (CCPT), an evidence-based treatment approach for working with children ages 3-10, and child development. I have experience working with children and their families, helping them navigate social, emotional, or behavioral challenges, or life transitions.

— Katrina Thatcher, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Portland, OR

I specialize in work with children, including play therapy and trauma therapy. To learn more about the services I offer, visit

— Kaci Ott, Licensed Professional Counselor in Pittsburgh, PA

I have worked with children and teens for my entire career as a therapist, and even before. Along with being a therapist, I am a Registered Children's Yoga Instructor and the Lead Trainer for a program that specializes in teaching adults how to teach yoga and mindfulness to children. I have training in play therapy, art therapy and animal assisted therapy to be able to provide unique modalities to connect with children.

— Courtney Hart, Clinical Social Worker in Havre de Grace, MD

I have 6 years of experience working with children and adolescents while collaborating with their significant support persons while helping with a spectrum of behavioral and emotional issues, such as depression, anxiety, oppositional defiant disorders, attachment issues and more.

— Elena Gonzalez, Marriage & Family Therapist in Oceanside, 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 Lake Oswego, OR

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

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

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

10 years working in elementary and middle schools, plus college advising; teaching credential K-5; college advising certificate; bio-parent to two children under 15yo

— Amy Singer, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA

I am an early developmental Child Psychologist. I enjoy working with children from preschool to middle school and adolescence. I work with children who are experiencing stress from life transitions and are either acting out or experiencing anxiety and depressed mood. My work is often times art and play based. I use creative ways to engage your child and work with them on finding the root cause of their issues as well as creative ways to build mastery and confidence over their worries.

— Ashley Boyer, Psychologist in San Francisco, CA

With so few or no spoken words, how do children communicate? With play therapy treatment, a child’s struggles become clear and play becomes the vessel for communication. Through play, a child can be heard and understood, can become self-empowered, and can ultimately heal. Play is essential to a child’s development and helps build trust, express feelings, and inspire creativity. Play therapy is useful for children and families recovering from trauma, struggling with parenting and children’s behavioral issues, coping with grief and loss, families of divorce and separation, recovering from abuse, school issues and academic struggles, as well as many other difficulties. Through creative mediums, children find a path to healing that traditional “talk therapy” just cannot tap into.

— Christy Livingston, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Healdsburg, CA

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

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

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

Children often experience social, emotional or behavioral challenges in life, just as adults do. I primarily work with young children (ages 2-6), but also have experienced working with adolescents and young adults through age 21. I enjoy helping children learn coping skills, as well as helping them process and mange any anxieties, depression, or other concerns. I primarily use play therapy techniques, and enjoy creative interventions at all ages.

— Clara Rivers, Clinical Social Worker in Roseville, MN

I provide developmentally responsive therapy that addresses many childhood issues, including aggression, opposition, defiance, impulsivity, attention issues, anxiety, attachment disruptions, depression, grief, difficult peer/sibling relationships, parental divorce, high-conflict parental relationships, school refusal, and poor academic performance. My training has a special focus on the unique needs of young children.

— Jennifer Cobb, Associate Professional Counselor in Charlotte, NC

I work specifically with children experiencing behavior difficulties, which could include ADHD, Autism, outbursts, anger, sadness, divorce, anxiety, perfectionism, school behavior concerns or academic concerns, and many other issues.

— Brandy Ray, Counselor in Lake St. Louis, MO

I have a BA in Psychology with a concentration in child psychology. I have worked with kids, especially those on the spectrum and with IDD for most of my career.

— Julie Salitros, Counselor in Savannah, GA

Hi, parents! Hey, kids! I am a child & adolescent psychologist, and I love to help families learn to get along better & be better able to share a happier household. I say "families" because I've only seen children progress when their adults are involved & invested. So if you're looking for someone to drop your kid off with so that she'll "cure" them, I'm probably not the therapist for you! But if you're looking to get on the floor with us & get to work, I am ready when you are. Give me a call.

— Dr. Michelle Alvarez, Clinical Psychologist in Asheville, NC

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

I've worked with children of all ages and in many settings - school, preschool, foster care and private practice. I utilize play therapy with young children as well as art and sandtray for all children. I've attended training on ARC (Attachment, Regulation and Competency) for children and youth who've experienced trauma.

— Suzy Heltzel, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Los Altos, CA

We all know raising a child requires a village, but becoming the parent you would like to be also takes one. Examine your feelings and parenting goals in a safe, judgement free zone.

— Stephanie Borer, Psychotherapist in Decatur, GA

I have worked with children from age 4-18, I specialize in working with the tween and adolescent population helping them work through current life stressors, increased anxiety and related mood disorders.

— Jennifer Bordner, Licensed Professional Counselor in Moorestown, NJ

I have conducted evaluations for the Babies can’t Wait Program for 10 years. I have a great understanding of the developmental issues of toddlers-teens. I am comfortable with treating Autism, Aspergers, Learning And Physical Disabilities, Genetic disorders, ADHD, OCD, ODD, behavior disorders.

— Julie Carbery, Licensed Professional Counselor in Dallas, TX

Are your child's behaviors of concern to you or maybe teachers? If you are noticing that your child is struggling to tolerate transitions, seems nervous, easily cries, has difficulty separating from caretakers, has a hard time following directions, or acts out, you have come to the right place. As a Child and Adolescent Psychologist, I have significant training and experience working with children who present with complex issues or may just need a place to express themselves and learn skills.

— Paola Granados-Radlick, Clinical Psychologist in Miami, FL

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