Child Psychotherapy (1- 12 years)

Children are unique.  Their ability to cope, adapt, and thrive is remarkable.  Unfortunately, there are times when social, family, school, and biological stressors can throw children off their normal developmental track.

With children, I utilize cognitive-behavioral therapy, play therapy, parent guidance, and mindfulness, with immediate tools for effective change. Using a holistic approach, I collaborate closely with parents from a family systems and developmental perspective. I also collaborate closely with schools, pediatricians, and psychiatrists to enhance a team approach.

I specialize in:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • School Difficulties/School Consultations
  • ADHD/Learning Difficulties
  • Giftedness
  • Family Conflict
  • Divorce
  • Parenting
  • Developmental Issues
  • Adoption
  • Psychological and Psycho-educational Assessments

Getting Help for Your Child

It is when we see a child struggling with sadness, anger, frustration, withdrawal, eating and sleep difficulties, school problems, and unusual behaviors that we realize that now is the time to get help.  Moreover, when it comes to children, the sooner the help is provided, the better.  The longer the delay in helping your child understand and cope to diminish symptoms and negative behaviors, the harder it becomes to help your child get back on track.

Children can suffer and express their underlying emotional, social, and biological struggles in many confusing ways.  Parents are often overwhelmed in supporting, understanding, and changing their child’s behaviors, attitude, and symptoms.  Power struggles are not unusual in the developmental process, and conflict and anger often follow, which further exacerbate difficulties.

How I Work with Children and Parents

I work closely with you as parents to empower you via effective parenting techniques, and simultaneously work closely with your child to enhance his/her strengths and coping skills.

When working with children, I understand the expressed difficulties as being part of a complex system.  I pay close attention to developmental processes and appropriate parent guidance.

  • I first assess your child developmentally (cognitive, social, and emotional aspects) to better understand his/her unique strengths and vulnerabilities, which will serve as a guide for goals and interventions to facilitate your child’s development.
  • I also assess the family dynamics to pinpoint how the family roles, expectations, and support system may be influencing the child.
  • It is also critical for me to understand the stressors, recent and past, which may have impacted your child.

As a child and family specialist, I identify problems in a multi-contextual way (development, home, school, and peers), and work closely with your child to facilitate his/her strengths, adaptation, and coping skills.  I also work closely with you as parents to assist your understanding of your child’s anxieties, depression, anger, academic, social, and behavioral difficulties.

It is my goal to provide you with the appropriate and effective parenting tools and education via parent guidance so that you can continue to be the primary vehicle for your child’s successful development over his/her lifetime.

If you are in the San Diego, California area, please contact me to see how I may be able to help you and your child.