As a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Los Angeles, I previously worked with children and their families in the school systems and so I bring a specialization in family dynamics. Also, since I have three children (grown now), I believe I bring a special understanding into the therapy room about how difficult communication, understanding and acceptance can be and feel for parents and for kids.
Some parents struggle with the decision to start their child in counseling because they think it stigmatizes the child and/or implies that they’ve failed in some way as a parent.
Children don’t always ask for help when they need it. So, just as you would show your love for your child by taking them to a doctor when they don’t feel well, you demonstrate that same love by finding a trained therapist to help with their psychological or emotional problems.
Seeing your child in pain, having trouble communicating with them or other parenting issues can stress a loving parent and put a strain on the household in general. Plus, a child’s adolescent years are naturally so turbulent they can enhance anxiety, confusion and pressure in both child and parent.
I work with your child or adolescent on issues such as:
- Adjusting to new living situations
- Self-injurious behaviors
- Learning difficulties
- Friendship challenges
- Parent and child relationship issues
- Sibling rivalry
- Gender identity issues
I engage the child oftentimes with play therapy or with drawing, since they’re unable to adequately express themselves verbally. Depending on the age of older children, we play cards, games or we just talk.
In alliance with your child’s psychotherapy, I work with parents to resolve family conflicts and improve communication skills so that you and your children can relate better. Parental involvement is a very important part of the process.