You’re looking forward to picking up your sweet kid from school.
As you sit waiting for her in the car, you wonder how her day went and remember she had trouble getting to sleep the night before.
You spot her amongst all the other kids and smile as you watch her say goodbye to her friends.
She’s smiling, too, and she looks as though she’s in good mood.
Your kid melts down and then shuts down.
Just as she enters the car, there’s a scowl on her face and she can’t stop complaining about her day: how the test was unfair, how her friend ignored her, and how she didn’t eat lunch because she didn’t like what you made her.
At first you feel protective and consider having a talk with her friend’s mother but then you start to feel irritated. You were excited to see her after a long day and all she can do is complain, again.
You can’t take it anymore; you raise your voice and say, “That’s enough!”
She shuts down and doesn’t say another thing until dinner.
It’s difficult to pinpoint, but something isn’t working.
Sometimes interactions such as these and others can escalate into bigger blow-ups or melt-downs.
As a busy and concerned parent, it’s confusing not knowing what just happened and why.
Does this have something to do with the math test? Is she having a hard time with the move? Is she missing her grandfather? Is this about the divorce?
You can’t seem to pinpoint what it is that is bringing up this behavior.
I know that you want what is best for your kid.
You feel like you’ve tried everything in an effort to help guide and support them.
What you do know is that this is happening over and over and somehow what you’re doing does not seem to be working.
A fresh perspective… a sounding board.
You want to learn different ways to respond and you don’t want this to continue.
You are open to the idea that there is meaning underlying behaviors.
You want a fresh perspective or sounding board and you’re open to getting feedback about your child.
If you’re finding yourself experiencing something similar, child therapy can be very helpful your kid.
Child therapy is designed for kids.
Child therapy is therapy that is tailored for kids needs and is designed to see and understand things from their perspective.
Kids express themselves differently from adults.
They don’t always know what is happening and have a hard time verbalizing what’s going on. Even for highly verbal kids, it can be hard to articulate their feelings effectively, explain what’s going on, or express what they need.
I create a safe place for kids to open up, feel at ease, and share what’s on their mind.
For kids under 12 years old, I use carefully selected toys, art materials, sand tray, and figures to help them to express themselves, learn skills, and process emotions naturally through play.
By expressing their thoughts and feelings freely and safely, verbally or through play, kids begin to understand themselves and start to feel better.
Help is here.
I have extensive training and experience in child therapy and have worked with many kids and teens who are high achieving, worrying, grieving, or have low self-esteem.
I specialize in helping kids whose happiness is at risk from staying up too late studying, putting school work before friendships, spending time with toxic friends, procrastinating with college applications because they are so worried they won’t get into the school of their choice, or obsessing over unnecessary details.
I help kids and teens…
- Be more polite
- Communicate their needs, which leads to fewer tantrums
- Go to bed a reasonable time
- Initiate conversations with me about how they’re feeling
- Learn how to make and maintain healthy friendships
- Set boundaries with toxic friends
Child therapy can help kids and teens handle tough situations or losses, build stronger relationships, and recover from new or unexpected changes or setbacks.
Let’s help your kid feel better now and develop lifelong skills.
Help your teenager step into being an adult without throwing tantrums along the way.
There is hope. Call me today at (415) 354-4241.
If you’re a teen, you can book online.