• Elementary and Middle School

  • As your child continues to grow, you will observe the development of new and emerging abilities. During this time in your child’s life, it becomes a very important developmental milestone for children to establish the ability to interact and socialize with other children their age. 

    This is the time in their development that they go from playing alone, to having many friends and many different social outlets. While friendship increasingly becomes more important, at this age the child continues to like spending time with their family.

    This age group can develop social anxieties, social isolation, be withdrawn, show signs of ADHD and aggressive/defiant behaviors. Sudden changes in moods occur, and can be magnified by separation/divorce, etc.

    Interventions at this age include: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness Meditational practices appropriate for their age, play therapy, art therapy and family therapy. Being with a therapist who has active listening skills, knows how to engage and communicate with school age children, helps them feel comfortable, relaxed and safe while in session, can give them the skills needed to be successful. Therapy can help them work through whatever issues they maybe struggling with at this stage in their development. Parents are an active component in the above therapy process. 

    Tween Years/Middle School can be a very challenging time for children and their parents.  As the children enter early adolescence they can undergo many physical changes such as: increased height, puberty, body changes and concerns over body issues and their appearance.

    There can be an increase in anxiety over; more demanding academic performance, reduction in self-esteem, depression, mood swings, suicidal thoughts and ideations, exposure to recreational drugs, alcohol and tobacco use and abuse, emerging sexual behavior, concerns over being bullied, peer relationship issues, school violence, death of a parent or grandparent and divorce/separation of their parents. 

    At this stage of development, parents begin to see their child as separate from themselves. There may be less involvement in family activities, and less communication within the family.

    Intervention includes: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Strength Based Therapy, TalkTherapy, Mindfulness Meditation, Narrative Therapy, Family Therapy, Parent Education, etc.  

    • Coping Skills
    • School & Social Phobias
    • ADHD/ADD
    • Childhood Defiant Behaviors
    • Trauma & Abuse
    • Transition from Elementary School to Middle School