It’s A Whole New World…
The expectations for children and adolescents today to perform and achieve are higher than they’ve ever been. While young people are given more opportunities to excel and are more connected to the world than ever, our world is also filled with unanticipated stressors and traumatic events, whether experienced directly or witnessed via multiple media outlets.
We are in a technological era where children–in part–grow up on social media. The beauty of this revolution is that children and teenagers are actively engaging with cultures worldwide.
Because of this digital paradigm, however, there is also an epidemic growing amongst our children.
As our digital age evolves, many children are spending more time in front of a screen and less time with actual people. Children are losing important interpersonal skills and abilities, which is having a deep impact on how our children are functioning and engaging with the world.
Helping children and adolescents through challenges and difficult times can be quite a puzzle. As parents, you may be surprised by changes in behavior, emotional outbursts, and subsequent withdrawal or isolation by your child. You want and try to help in every way you know how and may feel frustrated or even angry when your attempts to connect fail and your child or teen won’t share their burdens.
You are not alone, and together we can help your child learn how to:
- Calm down when feeling big emotions or high energy
- Identify and express feelings and thoughts
- Utilize practical skills and coping tools to regulate through difficult moments
- Respond rather than react to feelings and situations
- Increase self-esteem and confidence
- Create and respect boundaries and limits
- Control impulses
How I Can Help
There’s a lot to take into consideration when trying to understand your child or teenager’s behavior. Many factors go into shaping how a young person acts, including experience, genetics, and environment. Further, in childhood and adolescence, the brain is still growing and skills associated with executive functioning are not fully developed. This is evident in their abilities to concentrate, make decisions, plan, judge situations, control impulses, regulate emotions, and elaborate on thoughts and emotions. They physiologically may not be able to verbalize what is happening to or within them. That is why traditional therapy doesn’t always work for young people.
Whether your child has suffered from the negative impact of the digital era or from another issue, I will help them fully realize their strengths and abilities and learn how to adjust behaviors and thoughts for a healthier way of life. No two people are the same, and, as such, I tailor my therapeutic approach to meet the specific needs of each individual child.
If they are struggling with anxiety, depression, or other emotional or cognitive difficulties, my primary focus will be to help them gain greater self-awareness while they learn to feel safe and calm in the present moment. From this healthy internal space, they can learn how to express themselves and choose responsible actions that will lead to positive outcomes in their lives.
My practice specializes in treating individual children and adolescents, as well as consulting parents in how to better understand and relate to their child. I see behavior as a symptom and believe that beneath the action lies emotional struggle, negative self-concepts, or needs that are not being adequately met. In both individual therapy and parent consultations, I will work collaboratively with your child or you to discover the root of the challenge and find the best and most fitting solutions.
Some common issues that I specialize in:
- Trauma (PTSD)
- inattention, hyperactivity (ADD/ADHD)
- impulse control
- frustration tolerance
- adjusting to change and life transitions
- emotional identification and expression
- self-esteem, confidence
- anger and aggression
- identifying authentic self
- substance abuse
Read on to learn more about individual counseling for children, teens, and young adults or parent consultation:
Pay Therapy & Child Counseling Pre-Teen & Adolescent Counseling