Kids & Teens
It is not easy being a child in today’s society. In addition to all of the challenges associated with growing up, which have affected children across all generations, 21st century children face unique stressors.
Kids today deal with things that previous generations never even dreamt of including the rapid and persistent onslaught of information from digital technology, cyberbullying and image management on social media, and threats of school shootings.
I help children who need support as they figure out how to express themselves in the face of all of these challenges. In particular, I help children and teens who are dealing with:
- Anxiety including school stress
- Behavioral problems and acting out
- Chronic illness including both mental and physical illness
- Depression including withdrawal and self-harming behavior
- Family issues including divorce
- Learning issues including ADHD, concentration, and focus problems
- Self-esteem challenges
- Social challenges including peer pressure and bullying issues
- Trauma including grief after a death
Young adults face very unique challenges. They are no longer children, but they may still struggle with some of the same issues that face teenagers. At the same time, they are thrust into roles requiring adult responsibility, which adds additional stressors to their lives.
I help young adults dealing with myriad of issues relating to this particular period in their lives. Those issues include:
- Changes in the parent-child relationship now that the child is an adult
- Educational issues including stress, organizational challenges, and procrastination
- Financial challenges and money management issues
- Identity formation issues that may arise particularly around sexuality
- Social stressors including friendships, dating, and cyberrelationships
Young Adults Coping with College Issues
I am happy to help young adults dealing with any of these issues. I am especially passionate about helping them navigate the challenges they may face regarding college.
More and more young adults, especially young men, are dropping out of college.
I help young adults who have already dropped out of college. I also help those who are struggling in school and are thinking about dropping out.
This increasingly common issue is very unique. There are usually a variety of stressors and intersectional challenges related to the issue of dropping out. I can help young adults understand and work through all of those related challenges.
Children don’t exist in a vacuum.
When a child has problems, the entire family has problems. Likewise, when there are stressors in a family, the child expresses those through emotional and behavioral issues.
I help families as they go through the normal challenges of life. Issues related to parenting as well as to the parents’ relationship with one another can cause stress in the family.
Therapy can help everyone in the family, reducing conflicts and strengthening how much you each understand one another.
Families come to therapy for many different reasons. Oftentimes, they are related to periods of change. For example, I help families adjust to a “new normal” during and after:
- Birth or adoption of a new child
- Death of a family member
- Separation or divorce
- Marriage or remarriage
- Traumatic events including unemployment and illness
I also help families who are dealing with long-term problems that may or may not relate to transitions. Families come to therapy to get help with things such as:
- Children’s problems including emotional and behavioral issues at home or school
- Fighting among two or more family members
- Health challenges including mental health and physical health problems
- Problems arising in blended families, co-parenting situations, and multi-generational households
- Substance abuse issues
Individuals and Families with Type 1 Diabetes
One of my unique specialties is that I help individuals and families who have a diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes.
Diabetes is a chronic autoimmune condition that will likely impact you for the rest of your life. Naturally, this can wreak havoc with your mental health as you cope with it.
There are certain common issues that arise upon diagnosis. Other issues arise at different life stages, such as after the birth of a child or when disease progression requires new treatments.
Diet plays a key role in diabetes treatment. However, food is a complex issue in our society. As a result, you may find emotions about diabetes get triggered during holidays and other times when social pressure places food concerns at the forefront.
Diabetes doesn’t just affect the individual who has it. It affects the entire family. I have a deep understanding of this. I can help you work through the many issues that arise related to it.