LOWERED anxiety, better self-esteem, feelings of connection

Your once bubbly child has become uncommunicative. Sometimes she overreacts to the smallest seeming things. Or he is so anxious he can’t go to school most days. You are here because you don’t know what to do.

I help tweens learn how to process and communicate their emotions in healthy ways, changing self-defeating behaviors and improving their sense of self. Identifying ways for tweens to cope with anxiety and depression is also part of my work. Some of the common issues tweens come to see me about are

  • Anger expression

  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviors

  • Self harm

  • Depression

  • Social media (over)usage

  • Bullying

  • Acting-out behaviors and aggression

  • Low self esteem

  • Anxiety

  • Grief and loss

  • Serious illness in the family

  • Trauma

  • School avoidance and adjustment

  • Social anxiety and friendship concerns

  • Low motivation

Berkeley therapist for pre-teens

with tweens, sometimes talk therapy alone is not Enough

Therapy with tweens is a mix of play, talk, and games, with plenty of parent support sprinkled into the mix. For many tweens, doing helps talking, which is why board and card games are often part of the background of treatment. For artistically minded tweens, creating artwork smooths the way to deeper discussion. Mindfulness exercises are also useful.

meeting with parents is part of my work

My initial meetings are with parents. As a parent, you know your child best. Regular meetings allow us to collaborate and think together about what is going on with your child and how best to support her or him.

Interested in talking? Email or call me to set up your free 30 minute consultation.