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 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

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

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

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 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

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

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 Red Bank, NJ

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

— Jennifer Wendt, Clinical Psychologist in San Diego, CA

Preteens, or those children who are age 9 - 11, are in a unique stage of life where they are no longer children, but are not at the stage where they are comfortable sitting across from an adult for a traditional therapy session. I work to tailor my approach to your child's unique communication abilities.

— Raeleen Davis, Licensed Professional Counselor in Rochester Hills, MI

As a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor I have advanced training and education in child behavioral and mental health issues. I have worked for 16years with children and families. I use play therapy, expressive arts, sand tray and use other sensory activities to help children with developmental, behavioral and mental health needs. Children communicate through play; toys are their words and play is their language. When children come from hard places, have developmental needs and/or mental health needs this further complicates their ability to communicate often times leading yelling, screaming, hitting and kicking. Many times we expect children to sit across from an adult and answer questions; even when this is hard for us as adults. Children are able to communicate their feelings using play. They are able to gain skills and mastery over their feelings. They learn self control.

— Danyale Weems, Counselor in Carrollton, GA

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 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

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 use a variety of techniques to help children feel safe, comfortable, and able to express themselves. I believe working with children is a collaborative process. Before I meet your child, I will complete an extensive parents-only session to focus on your child’s current challenges, their developmental history, and explain what you can expect during the therapeutic process.

— Sherry Fleydervish, Counselor in Chicago, IL

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

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

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

— Jennifer Wendt, Clinical Psychologist in San Diego, CA