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It is very frustrating and upsetting when your child is having behavior or emotional problems. You may feel that you are not a good parent. You may feel very isolated and alone. You tried so many things that did not work.  Be hopeful!  Help is closer than you think.  


There are many reasons why children get "off track."   There are so many bad influences on children in our culture these days. There are also very few supports for parents and families.  Nobody gave you an instruction manual.  But I am here to help. 


I provide counseling to parents and children (ages 3 and up).  Generally, parents come in alone for the first session to complete the intake process.  The intake process includes signing consents, releases, insurance paperwork, and completing a history of your child and his or her behavior or emotional problems.  A plan of treatment is discussed.


The second session is when the child starts counseling.  Counseling can consist of play therapy, talk therapy (usually cognitive-behavioral therapy), teaching and training.  Parents can have part of the session, if they wish.  With very young children, parents are sometimes present for all the sessions.  In some cases family sessions even take place.


The goal of counseling is to improve the child's thinking and behavior.  Most children are in treatment for a limited period of time.  Depending on the issues, this could be a few weeks to several months.  Some children have more complex issues that may need a longer period of therapy.  Parents are often shocked at how quickly their child improves.


Many parents have told me that their children have had problems for years.  Why wait.  Get your child the help he or she needs today.


Do you want your child to improve: 


Listening and following directions.

Following rules at home, school, and in the community.

Dealing with and showing respect to authority figures.

Social skills.

Communication skills.

Impulse control.

Decision making.

Problem solving.

Anger management.

Sibling relationships.

Positive motivation.

Mood.

School performance.

Ability to make and keep appropriate friends.

Frustration tolerance.

Coping with stress.

Coping with grief, loss, and traumatic events.

Adjustment to changes in the family; divorce, separation of parents, new baby, new step-family members.

Adjustment to other changes in the family, such as; new home, new school, new teacher, etc.


Do you want your child to reduce:


Aggressive behaviors (hitting, biting, kicking, etc.).

Arguing with adults.

Talking back.

Tantrums or "melt downs."

Destructive behavior (breaking or damaging things).

Noncompliance (refusing to follow rules, directions, or instructions).

Disruptive behavior (yelling, name calling, etc.)

Anger outbursts.

Frequent fights with siblings.

Problems getting along with friends or peers.

Problems making or keeping friends.

Anxiety, worries and fears.

Crying, depressed mood or sadness.

Grief over the loss of a relative, friend or pet.

Poor school performance.

Not taking responsibility for actions.

Stealing.

Lying.

Poor ability to cope with stress.

Being easily frustrated.

Problems completing tasks.

Problems with motivation.

Problems adjusting to changes in the family, such as; new baby, new step-family members, divorce, sibling goes to college, etc.

Problems adjusting to other changes, such as; moving, new home, new school, new teacher, etc.

Mood swings.

Symptoms of Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. 

Compulsive behavior (repetitive behaviors, the child says that she or he must do) such as: counting, washing, checking, or putting things in a particular order.



I am here to help.  Call today to set an appointment.  Start getting your child the help he or she needs.