Our culture fosters competition, consumerism, stress, isolation and anxiety. These elements have a major impact on families and kids. Depression and anxiety are significant problems for many children, fueling their anger and sometimes leading them to act out. The role that computers, video games and TV play, adds to the complexity. Negotiating “screen time” is often essential.
Many parents are overloaded by financial pressures, busy schedules, lack of support, marital conflict, career, and health issues. I can help develop more effective parenting strategies and communication as well as address these other critical factors.
I will meet with parents separately to discuss limit-setting, boundaries and family structure, including appropriate consequences. I may work with kids in individual sessions, helping them learn ways of dealing with real world situations including parents and other family relationships, school, peer pressure, assertiveness, time management, drugs and alcohol, and communication.
As part of my work with kids and families, I consult with teachers, counselors, childcare providers and other adults who may have important information to share.