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 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

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

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 see children ages 5 and up as well as parents with younger children. Much of my professional experience has been working with children and teens who have experienced trauma, have high amount of conflict with parents, and have experienced suicidal thoughts.

— Clarissa Harwell, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Campbell, CA

All those parenting books that are supposed to help prepare you for certain developmental milestones just don’t seem to fit your gifted child. In fact, those milestones seem to have come way earlier than you expected. And as the parent, you’re left struggling to meet your child’s needs while also dealing with the pressure that parenting a gifted child should be easier than it really is. I'm here to support you and your child in navigating the experience of growing up gifted.

— Madeline Stein, Counselor in Denver, CO

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

Is your child having trouble with peers, feel bullied? Maybe your child feels alone, isolated from others? Is the school calling more about negative behaviors with peers and teachers? Does your child often say "everyone hates me" "I have no friends"? Do you find yourself worried and out of ideas about how to help? You're in the right place, I can help! Counseling can be extremely effective in helping children/teens learn to express themselves in healthier ways.

— Cathy Sharer, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Cardiff, CA

I have been an Infant Mental Health Specialist for 10 years. IMH focuses on supporting children from birth to 5 yrs old related to mood, behavior and attachment concerns. I work with the parent and child together in session so the parent can build confidence in parenting skills and their relationship with their young child.

— Katie Pollak, Clinical Psychologist in Valrico, FL

In addition to my private practice, I have worked part-time in schools as an on-campus therapist since 2013. I absolutely love working with kids and teens! I have worked with kids who are holding trauma, working with symptoms of anxiety, shyness, autism spectrum, ADHD, depression, grief, and self-harm.

— Josanna MacCracken, Marriage & Family Therapist in Berkeley, 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 treated mildly autistic children, children in chaotic home environments, and children who are stressed in immigrant homes and are treated as an IP in a system that is broken. I'm able to support the child and make a connection with them, sometimes through art work and other times through play or talk therapy. I am warm and engaged with them and when I have built a safe rapport, I strategically work with my minor clients to implement change. Working with children is fun and challenging.

— Michelle H. Kim, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Pasadena, CA

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 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

For children and adolescents, the approach of play is less intimidating than talk and speaks to their language. Play is the natural expression of children. Children do not often have the verbal abilities to express their feelings and thoughts. Play is a great way to aid children in exploring their feelings and to address any difficulties they have. Play therapy is a method of meeting and responding to the mental health needs of children and is extensively acknowledged by experts.

— Mary McInerney, LCSW, RPT, Clinical Social Worker in Winter Park, FL

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

Children have alot of stimulation to manage in a day! They can struggle with self-control of their feelings and behavior, their ability to manage the social complexities of peer and family relationships, and their own self-confidence. They and their parents can benefit from therapy for development and coaching in stress management skills, for learning to talk about feelings instead of acting them out, and for confidence in learning and independence.

— Cathleen Rea, Clinical Psychologist in Charlottesville, VA

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 worked with children aged 0-18 in a variety of settings. I utilize play, art, talk and sand therapy with interventions unique to each child. Creating connection with children with a wide variety of abilities and experiences comes naturally to me! I offer an effective approach with children which incorporates family involvement as needed.

— lynne cole, Counselor in aurora, CO

I specialize in working with children and adolescents and offer Child-Parent Psychotherapy to address factors of trauma and strained relationships. My degree emphasis is in Child/Adolescent Therapy.

— Charles Strong III, Counselor in Gretna, LA