Child Psychotherapy

It is common for children to experience occasional problems as they grow and mature. They encounter problems with parents and peers as they attempt to establish a personal identity and practice relating to others. They experience conflict with teachers as academic and behavioral demands increase. Psychotherapy offers children the opportunity to identify, discuss, and understand problems and to develop necessary coping skills. It also provides the opportunity to address parental concerns, educate parents regarding their child’s unique needs, and assist them in meeting these needs in appropriate, effective and safe environment.

Signs that a child may benefit from seeing a psychotherapist include:

Developmental delay
A significant drop in grades, particularly if your child normally maintains high grades
Excessive school absenteeism or tardiness
Problems in transitions (following separation, divorce, or relocation)
Learning or attention problems (such as ADHD)
Behavioral problems (such as excessive anger, acting out, bedwetting or eating disorders)
Episodes of sadness, tearfulness, or depression
Social withdrawal or isolation
Being the victim of bullying or bullying other children
Overly aggressive behavior (such as biting, kicking, or hitting)
Sudden changes in appetite (particularly in adolescents)
Insomnia or increased sleepiness
Mood swings (e.g., happy one minute, upset the next)
Development of or an increase in physical complaints (such as headache, stomachache, or not feeling well) despite a normal physical exam by your doctor
Management of a serious, acute, or chronic illness
Signs of alcohol, drug, or other substance use espcially with teenagers
Bereavement issues
Therapy following sexual, physical, or emotional abuse or other traumatic events