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I work with toddlers, children, teens, young adults, and (their) families that are struggling with various life difficulties and stressors such as communication issues, depression, anxiety, and social problems. I use age-appropriate, creative, and expressive methods to give every individual an outlet to process feelings, fears, hopes, and goals. As a result, they have greater self-understanding and feel more securely adjusted at home, at school, and with their peers.
Psychotherapy helps children and adolescents in a variety of ways. They receive emotional support, resolve internal and external conflicts, understand feelings and difficulties, and try new solutions to old problems. Stressors such as trauma, divorce, conflict, and abuse can make children and teens confused about their feelings and uncertain about their future. They can act mischievously or aggressively because they cannot control their actions and may not have other ways to express their feelings. Mental health counseling allows for the resolution of these deep-rooted conflicts and problems.
Therapy addresses the complex emotional life of children and adolescents, deals with underlying causes of problems, and assists children and adolescents in creating a strong psychological basis for ongoing development. The foundation of therapy is the relationship with the therapist. The goal is to create a situation in which young people can express themselves fully in order to increase self-understanding and promote new and lasting changes in emotional states and behavior; a sense of security and connection with the therapist is the most essential element towards making lasting change. Psychotherapy is not a quick fix or an easy answer. It is a complex and rich process that can reduce symptoms, provide insight, and improve a child or adolescent's functioning and quality of life. Goals for therapy may be specific (change in behavior, improved relations with friends or family) or more general (less anxiety, better self-esteem). The length of psychotherapy depends on the complexity and severity of the problems.