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 offer play therapy for children struggling with anxiety or difficult situations at home or school. I specialize in supporting children with sensory, social, and learning differences.

— Karen Wolfe, Marriage & Family Therapist in San francisco, CA

When working with children, I provide a fun and safe environment by incorporating aspects of play into every session,allowing the child to feel comfortable and motivated to participate in the counseling setting. I teach creative coping skills that are fun to remember and use when they experience an uncomfortable emotion. Areas of focus are on social/emotional development with identifying and expressing emotion appropriately, reducing anxiety & anger, and enhancing peer relationships.

— Jamie Given, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Montrose, CA

I work with kids + teens that have been through tough stuff. I help them make sense of what has happened to them so that they can begin the healing process sooner rather than later.

— Kait Marcil, Licensed Professional Counselor in Watertown, CT

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 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

Hi, parents! Hey, kids! I am a child & adolescent psychologist and I love to work with families, to learn to get along better & share a happier household. I say "families" because I've only seen children progress when their parent figures 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

I love working with children who tend to worry a lot, and expect a lot of themselves. I also work well with adolescents that want to come into therapy, and want to understand more about their symptoms or behaviors. These can range from general anxiety to self-harm.

— Natalia El-Sheikh, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Castro Valley, 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

Play Therapy is a great option for young children and builds on the way they naturally explore and interpret the world. Through playful interaction, adapted games, role playing, movement and music, therapeutic toys, sand tray, and art activities, children are able to work through challenges, learn self-regulation, and build skills for leading a happier life.

— Kristen Felter, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Austin, TX

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

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, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Berkeley, CA

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

I provide nurturing therapy services for children and families in the Parker, Colorado area. My specialty is working with children and their mothers, supporting them to understand one another and grow together, feeling connected each and every day. I’m trained in EMDR and specialize in working with kids with trauma, providing EMDR with an attachment and somatic approach to facilitate healing of the child and the family system after trauma. In addition, I am a certified yoga teacher and use yoga, mindfulness and meditation to address numerous mental health concerns. I provide play-based therapy with sand tray play interventions while utilizing the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics to direct my counseling with kids with: ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Adjustment Disorders, and other Mood Disorders.

— Amanda Edwards, Licensed Professional Counselor in Parker, CO

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!

— Dawn Hamilton, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Redlands, CA

I provide comprehensive and highly individualized psychological evaluations to children and youth ages 6-23 for concerns with emotional, behavioral, social, or learning difficulties. I use a therapeutic, collaborative model to focus on your assessment questions and to obtain such results as diagnostic clarity and treatment recommendations, and a written formal report. I also help you find answers, new perspectives, and a deeper understanding of your child’s strengths and needs.

— Elena Baikova, Clinical Psychologist in Dublin, CA

One of my passions and specialties is working with children and families. I have worked for several years providing care to children and their families in addressing mental health, adjustment, ADHD and emotion regulation concerns.

— Anna Gavrishova, Counselor in Vancouver, WA

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

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

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 have worked with children who have difficulty with self control and emotional management. I use knowledge of social, physical, mental, and neurological development to create realistic goals for each child, and work toward them gently and patiently. I create a safe, non-judgemental, and fun experience for children while guiding them toward greater self management.

— Sue Wilhelm, Licensed Professional Counselor in Saint Louis, MO

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

— Jennifer Wendt, Clinical Psychologist in San Diego, CA

You have probably tried multiple things before you got here. You have read books, followed advice, talked to teachers but it hasn't been enough. I praise you for taking this step. It's never too early to start therapy, and, most importantly it is ALWAYS better to start early. If your family is stressed because the tantrums seem to go on forever, if your child is too concerned about having to do everything perfectly, if they worry too much or you are concerned that they might be depressed, I may be the right person for you and your child.

— Natalia El-Sheikh, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Castro Valley, CA

As we grow up, we often forget the difficulties childhood can present. Whether your child is struggling with anxiety, depression, behavioral issues, unresolved trauma, grief and loss, stress, or struggling to adjust to a new stage of life--I can help. For children who may be struggling, it is helpful to have a resource outside of school and family life. It is helpful to have a non-judgemental space where the child can feel special and empowered. I use creative approaches in my work with children including directive and non-directive play therapy. I also implement art therapy, writing, and sandtray therapy when fitting. For children who have experienced significant trauma, I am a trained EMDR child specialist and can help your child move past trauma so your child does not have to continue to carry the weight of the trauma.

— Ilyse Kennedy, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Austin, 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

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

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

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

I have experience working with children and adolescents who experience anxiety or depressive symptoms, difficulties at home or school, adjustment and attachment related symptoms, struggles with identity formation, bullying, and gender and sexual identity exploration. I enjoy building relationships with the children I work with, to aid them in the felt safety and their ability to learn. I will meet kids where they are at and teach them skills to help them associate well within their environments.

— Ande Cappellano, Social Worker in Portland, OR

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

— Jennifer Wendt, Clinical Psychologist in San Diego, CA

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

When working with children with behavioral and emotional regulation difficulties, I first create a safe and non-judgemental atmosphere as I explain what counseling sessions with me will be like. I use knowledge of social, mental, physical, and neurological development to understand and support the needs of each child.

— Sue Wilhelm, Licensed Professional Counselor in Saint Louis, MO