Psychotherapy refers to a variety of techniques and methods used to help children and adolescents who are experiencing difficulties with their emotions or behavior. Although there are different types of psychotherapy, each relies on communication as the basic tool for bringing about change, and can be used in conjunction with the other approaches I list on this site. I specialize in techniques combining psychodynamic, cognitive and relational theories, which are tailored to treat the strengths of the individual. Children and adolescents also tend to benefit from more interactive therapeutic techniques, including playing, drawing, and pretending. I involve these aspects in my approach as well, ensuring that my patient’s comfort and ability to share while feeling safe and understood is the top priority.
The decision to move forward with psychotherapy is based on a variety of factors including the child's current situation, previous history, development, ability to cooperate with treatment, and the goals that the child or parent has in mind. Therapy can be used in conjunction with medication or other approaches to ensure deeper, more effective treatment.