Guidance for you and your child
Child & Adolescent Therapy
San Diego and Online
I am particularly passionate about supporting families and children. I believe that we have the power (and responsibility) as a society to help children reach their full potential. In my early career, I was student teaching at Montessori, Elementary, and High Schools. I went on to be a clinician at Rady Children's Outpatient Psychiatry, and currently continue to see children and adolescents in my private practice for sex therapy in San Diego, CA.
Navigating the Challenges of Life at Home, School, and with Friends
It requires immense trust from parents to bring their children in for therapy. I take this responsibility very seriously. Even with a strong family support system, youth can benefit from having a special private place where they feel comfortable sharing their fears, worries, dreams, and life journey experiences.
“I truly love being a part of their journey and consider it a huge honor! I firmly believe that providing youth with a safe place in therapy allows them the opportunity to open up and develop further through understanding emotions, problem-solving, and creative expression!”
Therapy can help support children and adolescents in gaining new skills to manage life stressors and deepen their ability to express their feelings in healthy and productive ways.
Depending on your child’s unique needs, youth therapy can include:
Difficulties in managing their social life
Support for managing life transitions (school changes, parental divorce, puberty, relocation)
Challenges managing life events (death, loss, illness, new family members, family dynamics)
Mood and behavioral issues
Self-esteem and identity issues
Body image issues
Sexual health, orientation, and gender identity issues
Trauma & abuse
I invite the whole family to be involved whenever possible. Through Family Therapy, parents/caretakers, siblings, children, and extended family are included in treatment sessions. This creates an environment of trust in and outside of my office amongst family members and leads to healthier relationships in the household.
Bringing Families Closer Together
By processing any issues that are creating challenges or obstacles, we can form a stronger family connection. Is your family going through transitions? Individual situations and stressful events can add complexity and strain to family relationships.
During family therapy, family members can explore the different dynamics and behavior patterns that exist within the family in a safe and supportive environment while learning effective communication strategies from a place of love and vulnerability, versus one of anxiety and fear.
“My aim is to honor your unique family values and welcome each family member to invite vulnerability in, share their feelings, and deepen communication. I provide a safe environment for family dynamics to improve through focusing on your strengths as an avenue for success.”