Individual Therapy for Children in Los Angeles
In addition to my specialty of supporting children with learning differences, I also work with children who experience anxiety, depression, and mood swings. These can be a result of atypical development, trauma, or family system dynamics. Having a child who is experiencing these things can be very challenging. I work with the parent-child relationship and if needed the larger family system to support a child’s mental wellbeing.
I believe the attachment of a child to his or her primary caregivers to be vital to healthy loving adult relationships. Psychotherapy can help improve attachment and give a child a better chance as an adult, facing a challenging world. I utilize art therapy with children and their caregivers rather than traditional talk therapy alone. Art therapy helps children communicate via metaphor rather than directly being put on the spot. Developmentally, children often aren’t able to convey ideas about themselves as adults might. Art therapy helps facilitate emotional and cognitive expression, clearing a path for communication.
In my therapy practice, I approach a child with the whole being in mind, taking into account neurological development as well as physical and emotional. Research has shown that helping a child develop mindfulness at an early age can decrease anxiety and depression, and this is something I try to hone in child patients.
If you are in the Los Angeles area and are seeking therapy for yourself, a teen, or a child, please contact me by phone or my web form to schedule a free consultation.