As a counselor I have worked with children individually and
in groups assisting them with social skills development, building
self-esteem, fostering collaborative problem-solving to resolve
conflicts, and assisting in their coping with traumatic issues
like divorce and grieving. I can provide consultation and
training to parents on how to manage behaviors and communicate
more effectively with children.
Therapy Requires Effort
Psychotherapy and counseling are not easily described in
general statements. They vary depending on the personality
of the counselor and client, and on the particular problem
presented. There are many methods I may use to deal with the
problems that you hope to address. Counseling and therapy
are not like a medical doctor visit. Instead, they call for
a very active effort on your or your child’s part. In
order for the therapy to be most successful, you or your child
will have to work on the issues we talk about during our sessions
and at home.
Educational and Emotional Needs Overlap
I have found that educational and emotional needs often overlap
in children, so both of these needs must be considered. For
example, emotional issues may keep a child from being able
to concentrate in school. On the other hand, behavior problems
and sadness can be caused by school failure resulting from
an undiagnosed learning problem.
Benefits and Risks
Counseling can have benefits and risks. Since therapy often
involves discussing unpleasant aspects of one’s life,
the patient may temporarily experience uncomfortable feelings such as frustration, loneliness, and helplessness. On
the other hand, therapy has also been shown to have many benefits.
It often leads to better relationships, solutions to specific
problems, and significant reductions in feelings of distress.
But there are no guarantees of what you or your child will
As a general rule I will provide information about your child
only to you. If you request, I can also report information
to your child’s doctor or teachers. There are exceptions
to this rule. I will also disclose to others what you or your
child has told me under the following circumstances:
• When I have reason to believe that a child or developmentally
disabled person has suffered from abuse or neglect,
• When reasonably necessary to prevent harm to you,
your child, or another person, or
• When ordered by a court to disclose information.
My approach to counseling is geared specifically to your
child’s needs. After I evaluate your child’s needs
over the first few sessions, I will be able to offer you or
your child an idea of what our work may include and a treatment
plan to guide our efforts. You should evaluate this information
along with your own opinions of whether you feel comfortable
working with me.
As a consumer of counseling services, you should make a careful
choice of counselors, since counseling is a significant commitment.
If you have questions about my procedures, we should discuss
them whenever they arise. If your doubts persist, I will be
happy to help you set up a meeting with another mental health
professional for a second opinion.
It is my practice to meet from time to time with other professionals
for case consultations. The aim of these consultations is
to obtain ideas or insight from other professionals. Although
I might discuss certain aspects of your child’s case
during these consultations, I would not reveal your name,
your child’s name, or anything else that would allow
you or your child to be identified.