As a board certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, I am especially suited to work with your child and/or teen across divergent developmental stages from Pre-K into High-school and beyond.
For my child and younger adolescent clients, I work collaboratively with the individual and their family to explore the emotional, cognitive and behavioral aspects of their distress in a developmentally appropriate manner. Every individual is unique in the expression of their emotional or mental stress. Some children and teens may have more externalizing behaviors (such as yelling or fighting) whereas others may have more internalizing behaviors (such as isolating from family or peers, physical complaints of headache or stomach pains, school refusal, etc). I will work together with your child/teen to improve their emotional awareness and healthy expression of their feelings by creating a tool box of coping skills. We will choose from among a variety of therapy techniques to find those that fit best for the individual including diet and nutrition, physical activity, relaxation techniques (deep breathing, yoga, progressive muscle relaxation, guided imagery), individual talk therapy and play therapy. Medication management may be an option when indicated, once behavioral techniques have first been attempted.
For the older teen to young adult, this is an exciting, yet challenging time of transition as you move from high-school to college, or post-college into finding your first job. I enjoy working with older adolescent/young adults in helping them navigate their new-found responsibilities, uncertain choices, increased stress from balancing a busy schedule, as well as peer or academic concerns. It is common for individuals in college to experience for the first time problems with anxiety, eating, substance use, mood or sleep difficulties. We will choose from among a variety of therapy techniques to find those that fit best for you including diet and nutrition, physical activity, relaxation techniques, or talk therapy. Medication management may be an option when indicated in combination with therapy.
For parents looking for more information on emotional and behavioral health concerns in children, please visit Facts for Families.
Contact me today to discuss what treatment options may be right for you or your child.