Are you worried about your son or daughter’s future?
Do you continue to receive reports by his teacher that he is verbally and/or physically aggressive and he is in danger of being retained? At home, does he has several tantrums and is it a constant struggle for him to comply with homework, chores, and home rules? Does your daughter tell you she has no friends in school and that she tells you she gets bullied? Does your son hate to share? Does he not get along with his siblings?
Imagine a future that you are happy, relieved, and no longer worried about your son’s or daughter’s future in contributing to society.
He is no longer aggressive at school or home. He is performing well at school. She is happy that she has good peer relationships, is invited to go to birthday parties and outings with her friends. You are no longer screaming all the time to get your son to comply with your reasonable requests. You are happy to see your children getting along with each other and the family is able to have a peaceful dinner together.
When you and your son or daughter works with me:
I will assist you in developing a behavior plan so your child will be compliant at home. I like to be informed of teacher’s home notes, behavior charts, and conferences so I know how he is functioning at school so that I can address those concerns in therapy.
He will be able to manage his anger by using his words appropriately and expressing his wants and needs without being verbally and/or physically aggressive. He will be able to learn appropriate coping skills and anger management skills when he becomes sad, angry, frustrated, and worried when he is having a stressful event. She will learn to have good impulse control and learn appropriate social skills to make and maintain friendships.
What to expect in the first session:
When we have our first session, it will be just you and me. That might seem like a strange way to start counseling for your child, but I need to get a detailed biopsychosocial assessment. The more I know about your child’s history, the more I can help your child. This means we’ll be talking about your pregnancy or adoption, the sleepless nights, the picky eater, when she started to talk and walk, and the time she jumped out of her crib at age 1.
What to expect in the second session:
In the second session, I meet with your child alone, unless she is very anxious and needs parent support. We build rapport by playing games, coloring, talking, and setting up a reward system (for school age children). School aged children will earn tickets per session to be able get a prize in my treasure box, and the children absolutely love this. This session is all about getting to know your child and for your child to feel comfortable with me.
Remainder of Sessions:
For the first 5 to 10 minutes of each session, I will meet with you to discuss anything that occurred during the week with your child at school, home, or in the community. This helps me know if your child is retaining and implementing what he learned in therapy or if his therapy goal(s) needs to be modified. Lastly, we can discuss if you need some guidance or have questions about anything that has occurred with your child during the week. In the beginning, the sessions will be one session per week in order to get the quickest, most effective results.
How many sessions will my child have until successful discharge?
Many parents ask this question, and this is a very good question. The amount of time depends on your child’s age, maturity level, severity of the problem, the existence of multiple issues, neurological impairments, their cooperation in therapy, implementation of what was learned in therapy, and parental involvement. Children have been discharged in as little as 3 months and others may take 12 months.
Do I work with adults or just children?
Yes I work with adults as well. My 2nd specialty and passion is working with adults and couples who are struggling to have a balance in their lives. My primary focus is individuals and couples who suffer from depression, anxiety, poor self-esteem, ADD symptoms (poor organization skills, late for any engagement like work, outings, appointments, impulsivity, poor boundaries), High Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder (formally called Asperger’s Syndrome) and difficulty making or maintaining significant healthy relationships.
What method do you use in couple counseling?
I am trained in the Gottman Method for couple’s therapy. I apply the Gottman Method because it is the only researched based therapy for couples in this field. Sessions are 120 minutes so that I can work in-depth with the couples in the session.
Contact me today at 954-702-0477 to schedule a free 15 minute phone consultation, if you are interested on how I can help you and/or your family. If you want to see positive changes in your life and/or your children’s lives, take that leap of faith and trust me that I will utilize all of my skills to help you.