Psychotherapy for young children and their parents

The purpose of psychotherapy is to improve unhealthy emotions, thoughts and behaviors, by exploring together the underlying causes, and creating enhanced skills and connections
Examples of struggles that can be the focus of counseling, in either family or individual sessions:  

Aggressive behaviors towards self and others

Hitting, biting, scratching, screaming, head banging, offensive language, etc.

Low social skills

Clinginess, fear of socializing, whining, separation anxiety, difficulty sharing and making friends.

 

Attention Difficulties

Inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity (the characteristics of ADHD) bring challenges to academic, social and family life, which can lessen with the appropriate adjustments in parenting, teaching and friendship.    

Difficult relationships

Personality clashes, disagreements, poor communication, and painful experiences. In multicultural families, different values between family members can strain relationships, increase stress and affect all members.

Special needs children

Children’s developmental delays, disabilities and chronic illnesses can cause emotional turmoil for themselves and all family members, which require developing new coping skills.

Trauma

Difficult experiences such as accidents, scary animals, separation from loved ones, and harsh punishment can cause a trauma for young children and merit therapeutic help for healing.

In counseling we would…

1. Assess

Every child and every family are unique. There is no one-size-fits-all counseling approach that works. I start with an assessment of the family’s strengths and challenges.

2. Plan

According to each specific family’s needs, counseling sessions could be with the child alone, with the parents alone, or with all family members together. We will use Spanish, English or “Span-glish” as needed. After the first (intake) session, we will discuss and agree on the goals of counseling.

3. Collaborate

I help clients express and overcome difficult emotions/experiences through a combination of art therapy, play therapy and mindfulness techniques. This ensures that family members of all ages can engage in the process in ways that are not only verbal conversation. If the focus is child individually, the parents participate actively in discussing the progress and improvements at home to support the child.

4. Re-assess

We periodically re-assess the improvement, discuss what techniques have helped the most, and plan whether any changes in the treatment are necessary, whether goals have been successfully met, and whether referral to additional services is needed.

Rates

  • $160 per 60-minute session
  • $240 per 90-minute intake session

Insurance Reimbursement

I do not receive payment directly from insurance companies. 

However, your insurance company may reimburse you directly for the cost of psychotherapy with an out-of-network provider. I will provide you with the necessary receipts.

I encourage you to call your insurance company before the first appointment, to find out what your benefits are for individual and family sessions with an out-of-network provider, if there is a deductible, and how many sessions per year are covered.

Consent Forms

Download the consent form before the first appointment. Please wait to sign it after we discuss it during the first appointment.