Child, Adolescent & Family Therapy
It can be difficult for your entire family when your child is struggling. As a child, adolescent, and family therapist, I have expertise in helping get your family life back on track. I can help families in the Chicago and Northwest Suburban areas with a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues including:
- Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
- Temper Tantrums
- Oppositional or Defiant Behaviors
- Trauma History
- Non-Suicidal Self-Injury
- Eating Disorders (bulimia, anorexia, binge-eating)
- Pediatric Anxiety Disorders
- School Refusal/School Anxiety
- Major Depression and other Mood Disorders
- Drug/Alcohol Abuse or Dependency
- Coping with Divorce
- Coping with Juvenile Diabetes
- Learning Disabilities
- Family Conflict
- Parenting Challenges
- Trichotillomania (hair pulling)/ Excoriation Disorder (skin picking)
- Picky eating/sensory issues around food
As a family, adolescent, and child therapist, I know that each family and child is unique. We will work together to develop an individualized treatment plan to address your family’s needs. Because I utilize evidenced-based practice – therapy methods that have been researched and demonstrated to be efficacious – you can be sure that your treatment plan is comprised only of reputable treatments that work. I offer a variety of clinical services including:
As an experienced cognitive-behavioral therapist, I will work with your child individually to help them learn to communicate more effectively, identify and cope with their feelings, identify and change negative thinking patterns, and learn to solve problems effectively. Individual therapy can be a valuable and comfortable place where youth can express themselves, without judgment. In the absence of judgment, children and adolescents can feel free to explore their feelings and patterns non-defensively.
Play is the natural language of young children. Through openness and acceptance, I create an environment where your child can express themselves through their play. In play therapy, young children learn to identify their thoughts and feelings, gain mastery of their behavior, understand their world, and learn healthier ways of coping.
When a child is struggling, it influences the entire family. I support and encourage the entire family to communicate effectively and find solutions together. With a respectful, solution focused, goal-directed approach, I collaborate with parents to work toward the best outcomes for your family. Sometimes, it can be difficult for the entire family to come in for therapy, so I am flexible and will work with whichever family members are able to attend.
Parenting Skills Enhancement
Managing behavioral and emotional problems alone can be challenging and overwhelming. With expertise in behavioral management, I can help you discover how to set limits and give directions effectively, how to use rewards and consequences to encourage certain behaviors, and how to reinforce therapeutic goals at home. Together, we will develop a specific, goal-directed plan for your family.
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