“Defenseless as babies are, they have mothers at their command, families to protect the mothers, societies to support the structure of families, and traditions to give a cultural continuity to a system of tending and training.”
~Erik H. Erikson

When I work with children I try to create and support an environment that will help them thrive. My first goal is to help the parents so that they can help their children. I teach parenting skills, inform on developmental and special need issues, and address the family’s relational and dynamic issues.

Young children not only want, but innately need, to please their parents and make them proud. When children do not succeed in this, it is because of something their parents are doing. Children thrive when they have appropriate boundaries; not when they rule the home. When parents are not in concord, children inevitably rule. With these principles in mind, I help families work together around issues such as setting limits, learning to follow family rules, and parental accord.

I occasionally see the child individually to help alleviate some of the burden on contemporary families due to the shrinking support system for families in our culture.

I also help with school-related issues by supporting good communication between the child’s parents and school, and by consulting with the school regarding possible changes needed to address the child’s needs.

When a child presents with trauma issues or special needs, I will offer individual therapy.


  1. Assessment and consultation
  2. Family therapy
  3. Parenting consultation and coaching (E.g., all parents “lose it” sometimes. A good goal is to minimize outbursts as much as possible.)
  4. Family anger management
  5. Individual therapy
  6. Play therapy
  7. Behavioral management for school and home
  8. Conflict mediation
  9. School consultation

Therapy Issues

  1. ADHD
  2. Bed-wetting
  3. Behavioral problems at home and in school
  4. Stages of family development (new baby, last baby, first child entering school etc.)
  5. Emotional problems (anxiety, depression, shyness, anger etc.)
  6. Family conflicts
  7. Fears
  8. Learning difficulties
  9. Parenting conflicts
  10. Peer conflicts
  11. Sibling conflicts
  12. Sleeping problems
  13. Social difficulties
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