Childhood and adolescence are wonderful periods of self-discovery, identify development, and personal growth. Stressors, such as a big move, friendship stressors, new schools, and peer pressure are also part of the journey. So, having space outside of home and school to explore not only self-discovery, but also ways of coping with life stressors can be an invaluable tool for individuals.
Our therapists offer child and teen therapy from a whole-person perspective to guide individuals in making healthy and effective choices. This means viewing the child or teen’s areas of strength, whether that be in creativity, sports, intellectual skills, etc., as well as their areas of need. Additionally, the collaboration of parents and therapists can allow for maximum and long lasting change for children and teens.
Our child and teen therapy can support your family in moving through challenges related to:
- Anxiety (e.g., excessive worry, panic attacks, OCD)
- Academic success and confidence
- Self-esteem and self-compassion
- Addiction (e.g., drug and/or alcohol abuse, internet addiction)
- ADHD (e.g., impulsivity, hyperactivity, inattentiveness)
- Depression, sadness, or withdrawal
- Peer bullying or teasing
- Grief and Loss
- Mood (i.e., depression, bipolar, anger issues)
- Autism Spectrum Disorder and Asperger’s Disorder
- Social Anxiety
- Gifted and Talented (GATE) and Twice Exceptional (2e)
We use effective tools and techniques in child and teen therapy. These include mindfulness-based interventions, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and play therapy. Depending on the age of the child, the therapy may be process oriented, talk therapy, play based, or a combination of methods. Furthermore, our therapists work jointly with parents, and if requested teachers, to ensure that all areas of the child’s life are embraced.
We support children and teens in many areas, including the following:
- Friendship building skills
- Self confidence and self-compassion
- General well-being
- Healthy choice making
- Family relationships
- School confidence
- Emotional coping
If you are interested in learning more about child and teen therapy in Carlsbad, CA and San Diego County, contact us for a free 15-minute phone consultation with one of our child therapists to learn about how we can help your family in the San Diego North County area.
In-home and in-class behavioral interventions and consultations can also be incorporated with child therapy in Carlsbad, CA to target more specific behavioral needs, such as potty training, daily routines (e.g., brushing teeth, transitions, sleep difficulties), tantrum behaviors and social skills. If your child is in need of an accurate diagnosis or psychological assessment, visit our psychological testing page to learn more.