Child & Adolescent Counseling

Getting your child the appropriate counseling at the first signs of trouble is essential.

“I use best practice methods in child and adolescent counseling.”

What Is Evidence-Based (best-practice) Treatment?

Many treatments are available for child and adolescent mental health symptoms. Some are backed by science, such as evidence-based treatments, and some are not. When it comes to your child, ask for treatments that research has shown to work.

What are some reasons I might seek counseling for my child or teen?

  • Disruptive behavior problems.
  • Sadness and depression.
  • ADHD.
  • Anxiety, fear, and worry.
  • Substance abuse.
  • Bullying.
  • Sexual abuse.

What if I just need some parenting help?

Need a parenting class? Join me as I use all the best practices, specific to your child's needs.

Need something more, as your chid/adolescent is displaying severe behavior problems? I use Parenting Wisely. It has been included in the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices since 2002 for prevention and early intervention of juvenile substance abuse and behavior problems. The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention rates Parenting Wisely as a promising program for preventing juvenile delinquency.

How can I help my child navigate through divorce?

I am a Florida Cooperative Parenting facilitator and approved provider for the Department of Children and Families. Florida Family Court requires divorcing/separating couples with minor children to complete a DCF-approved parenting class before finalizing their divorce. *Current rates are $34.95 for online: in-person class fees vary.

What can I do if my child was sexually abused?

If your child or adolescent has been sexually abused, have your child evaluated. It is important to call 911 and/or bring your child to the nearest emergency center. 

Research supports the importance of getting the right counselor who is knowledgeable about sexual trauma and who has significant experience with sexual abuse issues. 

If you’re not sure what sexual abuse is, click here.

I’m a Board Certified Clinical Sex Therapist with advanced knowledge and experience working with issues surrounding sexual assault, sexual abuse, and sexual behavior problems facing children, adolescents, adults, families, and communities.

Adults may unknowingly perpetuate the silence and isolation so prevalent in the upkeep of sexual trauma. It is important to give your child a clear message about what to do in case they become sexually violated. Not dealing with it, keeping it silent, and avoidance are similar reactions  to what the abuser tells your child. Doing the same is unknowingly perpetuating the cycle of abuse.

It is good to show your child it is okay to talk about and tell you anything, and that by doing so, he/she will have your full support. Children are especially vulnerable to the adverse consequences of sexual trauma since they are unable to seek out help alone.