Trailhead Psychology, LLC

12136 W. Bayaud Ave., Suite 140 
Lakewood, CO 80228

303.202.6143

©2019 by Trailhead Psychology, LLC

SCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN & TEENS

Are you struggling with daily routines at home such as difficulty with minding, talking back, bedtime refusal, or homework battles? Has your child or teen experienced something stressful such as a major life change or something scary? Are they having trouble managing their behaviors and emotions and you aren’t sure how to help? Does it feel like you are always battling and are having difficulty connecting with your child?

School-Age Children

I am here to help and to be a support as you and your child walk through difficult times. I offer a safe, supportive, and collaborative space for children and their parents to process and express difficult thoughts, feelings, and experiences, work through transitions and life’s challenges, identify and build on strengths, and develop skills and healthy was to cope. I work with families so that children feel better, more confident, and develop healthy ways to manage difficult emotions and stressful experiences. I partner with parents to develop strategies for managing behavior and healing their relationship with their child, increasing positive interactions and reducing conflict. Childhood is a brief period in one’s life and I am passionate about helping families to enjoy their time together.

 

Adolescents

 

Adolescence is a time of great transition, growth, and change. Teenagers face pressures with peers, family, school, and finding their own identity. Families with teenagers are often trying to find a balance between offering support, setting limits, and giving their teen space to grow. This time of transition can be difficult for parents as there is often more conflict and difficulty connecting with their teen. Parenting a teen isn’t easy!

 

I have experience working with teens in a range of settings, including outpatient clinics, schools, and in college counseling.  I provide a safe and supportive space for teens to process and express difficult thoughts, feelings, and experiences, work through transitions and life’s challenges, identify and build on strengths, and develop skills and healthy coping strategies.

 

 

Examples of common areas that are addressed with children and teens:

 

  • Acute and chronic trauma, including domestic violence, PTSD, and abuse

  • Adjustment difficulties

  • Anger management, including aggression, defiance, and temper tantrums

  • Anxiety, including worry and fearfulness

  • Attentional difficulties

  • Defiance/noncompliance

  • Depression, including sadness, crying, and loss of interest in activities

  • Difficulty coping with transitions and stressful situations (e.g., birth a of a new sibling, moves, changes in schools, divorce, family stressors)

  • Difficulty managing emotions and expressing self in healthy ways

  • Family conflict

  • Frustration intolerance

  • Identity development

  • Low self-esteem

  • Moodiness

  • Relationship difficulties and family conflict

  • Regulation difficulties (sleeping, mealtime, transitions)

  • School/homework difficulties

  • Social skills and peer difficulties

  • Temperamental challenges, including inflexibility, difficulty adjusting to change/transitions, easily hurt, or irritability

  • Leaving home/college preparation

My Approach

I use a relational psychodynamic framework, integrating a range of treatment approaches, that include cognitive and behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness, behavior management therapy, parent child interaction therapy (PCIT), and child parent psychotherapy (CPP). I maintain a strengths-based stance focused on building resilience and well-being. I work collaboratively with the client and family to define therapy goals and to tailor interventions to their specific needs, developmental considerations, and evidence basis for treatment.
 

In working with children, I use play-based approaches, which I find helpful to develop a trusting relationship, facilitate a means of communication and self-expression, and provide a nurturing environment for healing and growth. With teens, I provide individual therapy and/or family therapy, depending on the needs of the teen and the family. Especially with children, parent involvement is essential to achieving treatment goals and maintaining progress after treatment, and parents are often included in sessions and as part of collateral sessions. I often include parent coaching to support parents with developing specific skills for managing behaviors and enhancing their relationship with their child. 

trailhead: noun \ ˈtrāl-ˌhed  \ :

the point at which a trail begins.

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