My Philosophy When Working with Children and Adolescents:
Three ideas guide my approach to working with children and adolescents as we address presenting problems:
- Being sure the child or adolescent is on track developmentally.
- Building the underlying strengths and foundational skills that will enable the child/teen to be
successful in life going forward.
- Helping parents grow from the experience.
Getting help for a child or adolescent who is struggling is important because it can prevent future problems. In addition to resolving the difficulty and alleviating suffering now, children and adolescents have their whole lives to benefit from:
Self-knowledge and self-esteem they gain.
Communication with family and the understanding of family relationships
Healthy friendships they form
Life skills and building blocks for success they develop
Decisions they make
Reaching their potential