A Child & Adolescent Psychologist Serving San Francisco Families
Are you concerned about your child? Would you like support for her related to your divorce or joint custody, school, friendships, emotions or family issues? I'd like to help.
I'm a clinical psychologist serving a lively group of children, tweens, teenagers and parents. Working with children and families over the last 20 + years has given me in-depth understanding of how children and teenagers think, learn and grow. When kids, parents and I put our heads together, we often find ways to make things better.
My child and adolescent practice is dedicated to the psychological health of elementary, middle and high school students, ages 5-18. I provide child and adolescent therapy and parent consultation.
I use an integrative approach, drawing on a range of tools and best practices to help children and families build psychological health and emotional well-being. My work is developmentally informed and strength-based. I focus on the cultivation of resilience. Kindness, interest and respect set the tone for successful therapy with young people.
What I Help Kids, Tweens and Teens With
Counseling helps young people express themselves, manage feelings, strengthen relationships and navigate challenging experiences. My clients include children, tweens and teenagers who:
- Have parents going through or who have gone through separation or divorce
- Have learning differences or challenges at school
- Feel worried, scared, stressed or sad
- Would like more friends, closer friends or better friends
- Would like to speak with someone outside their family about things that are on their minds
If none of the above describe your child, contact me and we can talk about whether I may be able to be of help. If not, I'll do my best to help refer you to someone who might be a better resource.
Supporting Children's Growth and Well-Being, Together
We all want to see young people learning with enthusiasm, enjoying positive relationships, using their strengths and pursuing their interests. We hope to see children and teenagers confident and happy.
Family, friends, school and community all contribute to a young person's emotional health and well-being. Therapy adds another layer of support. It gives young people the message that it's healthy to reach out out and talk about it when things are bothering them, rather than keeping them inside.
Counseling encourages children and teens to:
- Speak up
- Share what's on their minds
- Manage emotions more skillfully
- Communicate thoughts, feelings, needs and concerns
- Figure out ways to resolve conflicts and tricky social situations
- Connect with others when they are stressed
- Try to better understand themselves and others
- Build positives and manage negatives
These skills serve young people at home, at school and with friends. When it works well, family members share the benefits of a child or adolescent's therapy.
Welcome Message for Parents
Parent Consultation in San Francisco
Want to consult with a child and adolescent psychologist, but not looking for therapy? Parenting consultation can be helpful for everyday questions and concerns.
You may want to help in figuring out how to communicate with your child about your separation, or in thinking through how you can best support his or her healthy development and psychological well-being during a time of change.
Parent consultation is wrapped into the child and adolescent therapy I provide. It is also available as a stand-alone service, apart from therapy. It can be as short or as long as you need.
Contact Me To Get Started
Of course you want to find a therapist who's the right fit for your child and family. I'm glad to answer any questions you have about my practice, therapy or how to find help. Contact me to set up an introductory phone call.