I help stressed out children and teens calm down and gain confidence and self-control.
Please scroll down through my videos to get to know me, and learn more about how I can help you and your child. If it feels like a good fit, let’s talk about helping your child. I’d love to help you get started, today.
Child therapy is more than just “fixing” your child
Highlight quote: “The goal here is not just to fix your child, but to help heal the disconnect you may have felt with your child while your child’s behaviors have gotten significantly more challenging over the past few weeks or months.”
There’s no such as thing as a bad kid (or a bad parent)
Highlight quote: “There are certainly children out there with challenging behaviors, but at the heart of it they are good kids with a lot of strengths and a lot to add to life.”
Why I became a therapist (it’s because of my Mom!)
Highlight quote: “My belief is that the most important people in a child’s life are the parents, and if you want to see change in a child’s behavior, it’s the parents who are the most important people to make that change happen. I’m still grateful to my mom everyday for the fact that she was the change agent in my life.”
Tools and toys I use in my therapy sessions with tweens
Highlight quote: “A lot of times moms call and they ask me ‘How can you help my child, I can’t seem to get through to my kid.’ When your kid comes in to therapy, he’s going to have a lot of feelings inside of him, and if he’s not into talking, one of the things I say is ‘You don’t have to talk. We can play it out, draw it out. I have sand tray, and I’ve got games.’ There’s a number of things I can do to help your kid understand what’s going on, and how to feel better.”
What the heck is a tween?
What’s with that tricky age between the Early Childhood years and the Teen years? That’s the Middle-age years! Otherwise known as the school-age child or the tween, this is a particularly exciting and confounding age for parents.
Do I work with fathers? You bet I do!
Highlight quote: “I think dads are often perceived as less involved in their children’s lives. But what I’ve found is that’s really not true. I work with a lot of fathers who are invested in their child’s treatment. I’ve found that dads can be really forthcoming and have genuine desires to improve some aspect of their relationship with their kid or at least recognize their kid is really struggling and that they want to help. ”
How perfection is leading your child to fail
When is perfection a good thing, and when does it lead your child down a slippery slope to failure?
5 self-esteem boosting statements you must say to your child
Parents are an integral part in creating and enhancing positive self-esteem in their child. Here are 5 self-esteem boosting statements you must say to your child.
When school drama goes to far
Does your child come home teary-eyed, telling you stories about the latest drama at school? What a challenge! Learn why it’s important to help your child handle her peer relationships.
Depression or just “the blues”?
Sadness happens. In fact, it’s a good thing, because it means something is important to your child and they care about it. But when your child gets to the level of depression, that’s a sign your child needs help from a mental health professional.
How to help your child accept responsibility
Getting your child to take (or accept) responsibility is one of the hardest jobs of parenting…..especially when her favorite phrase is “It’s not my fault!”
How to help your indecisive child make a decision
Highlight quote: “If you have an indecisive child, likely the biggest contributor to that is anxiety. Your child needs your support and there are a couple of things you can do.”
Parent Empowerment: Reclaiming your rights as a parent
The feedback I get from the parents I work with is that parents fear discipline because they are afraid they are going to damage their children. It’s time to erase that fear and get empowered.
Irritable depression: when your child is sad AND mad
Unfortunately, it’s easy to attribute your child’s irritability to attitude and disrespect, when it actually could be a sign of depression! This is problematic because the way you would address your child’s irritable attitude is different than how you would treat his irritable depression.”
5 hard-and-fast rules for giving kids choices
Giving your child choices is one of the most effective ways of disciplining him, but there are a few rules to follow.
Coping skills vs life skills and why your child needs both
Coping skills are necessary and should be a part of your child’s life but there’s so much more your child needs. What if your child could do more than just COPE with the stress in her life, but actually have the ability to DECREASE the amount of stress in her life?
How to help your emotionally overwhelmed child
Some children have a lower level of tolerance for frustration and stress than others. When their stress level spills over the line of what they are able to handle those strong emotional reactions come out.
Does your child have ADHD or could it be something else?
Symptoms of ADD and ADHD are also found in anxiety and depressive disorders, and Oppositional Defiant Disorder. So how do you know what your child has?
Anxiety in your school age child: what’s normal and what’s not?
Anxiety is not necessarily a bad thing. But there are things that you need to look for that cross the line between “healthy” anxiety and “unhealthy” anxiety.
Why your child is addicted to her phone and what you can do about it.
If you’re having problems with your child’s phone behavior, you are not alone. Learn why phones are problematic to your child’s overall development, and what you can do about it.
Finding yourself in a constant power struggle with your child?
If you’ve noticed you have butted heads or you argue back and forth, you are probably in a power struggle. The emphasis is on who gets the last word and who gets their way.
The power of praising your parenting skills
Highlight quote: “Praise is important because it keeps us going. It’s our mind’s ability to identify: “This is right, I like that, it feels good, and I want to keep trying.” [Being the parent] of a child who has anxiety or depression or defiance can be an uphill battle. It’s a daily commitment to keep on helping your child with all their [challenges]. That’s really not possible to do unless you’re giving yourself credit for all the good work you’re doing. “
Raising your child differently than the way you were raised
What do you do when the way you were raised is not the way you want to raise your children?
From fussy to explosive: understanding your tween’s anger
Highlight quote: “Anger is like an iceberg. An iceberg has a tip that pops out of the water, but is very small compared to the whole chunk of ice underneath. Your child’s anger explosion is the tip, and the chunk of ice is the reason for it. If you can work with your child to heal the underlying anger, the explosion won’t need to happen!”
The difficulty of parenting a child who is really nothing like you
There are different temperaments and personalities and sometimes your child is not like you! And that’s OK too.
3 reasons your tween lies and what you can do about it
Highlight quote: “Your child is aware that if she tells the truth she may disappoint you or hurt your feelings. This sensitivity is a strength! It means your child is thinking more about you than herself, is trying to be sensitive to your needs, and is attempting to protect you from hurt or pain.”
Compassionate discipline for your difficult child
Highlight quote: “When you work on how you perceive your child [from a compassionate mindset] it’s amazing how much that influences your child’s behaviors and you can see the change from the negative to the positive.”
Is your child’s defiance getting out of hand?
Highlight quote: “Working with defiance right in front of you is a parallel process of managing your [emotions] so you can stay calm in the moment so you can help your child with whatever he or she is struggling with.”