Counseling for Children
Roxanne has experience counseling children, teens and parents for issues including ADHD, learning disabilities, self-esteem issues, peer issues, bullying, family communication, behavior issues at home and school, depression, anxiety issues, mild autism, developmental delays, adapting to chronic medical conditions (treatment compliance, self-esteem and family issues as they pertain to the medical condition), body image and eating issues, divorce and blended families.
Roxanne works with children through interactive play, art, games and encouraging the child to feel safe exploring and expressing their thoughts and emotions. Children struggle with anxiety and depression, family issues, self esteem issues, focus and attention issues, and may have under-developed social skills that may not be age-appropriate, causing them to feel like they don’t “fit in.” Sometimes children need a space where they don’t feel judged, graded and compared, to work on these issues. Roxanne works to create this space for child clients.
Roxanne also strongly believes that working with the parent is often an important piece of a child’s therapy. This can take the form of parent counseling (sessions without the child), or sessions that include the parent and child as well as other significant family members if appropriate. Roxanne works with the family to determine who should participate in therapy sessions and how often, etc. Roxanne respects that each family has its own unique value system and lifestyle and understands that parents are the ones who have the responsibility for making decisions regarding their child.