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


Developing a trusting relationship with you and your child is key to a successful therapeutic experience. I will spend time getting to know you and your child to create this bond. For children, a safe place is created through play therapy. Whether counseling is focused on one person or the family as a whole, I make sure to provide the support you need.

— Jeanine Rousso, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Santa Rosa Beach, FL

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 Alameda, CA

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

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 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 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 am a Registered Play Therapist, which means I have received specialized training and supervised experience in helping children as young as three work through issues and heal through the natural language of children, play.

— Brent Sweitzer, Counselor in Cumming, GA

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 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

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

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

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

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 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 work with children and adolescents who experience anxiety or depressive symptoms, adjustment and attachment related symptoms and difficulties at home, school or in the community. I also support young people through identity formation, and gender and sexual identity exploration. I will meet kids where they are at and help them learn skills to help them associate well within their environments.

— Ande Cappellano, Social Worker in Portland, OR