Child and Family Therapy, Advocacy

Children and their families grow through many stages, and there are a lot of bumps in the road.


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Parents come to know that raising a child can be the hardest job in the world, especially when that child has a difficult psychological, physical, behavioral or relational problem.  These challenging children bring many parents to see therapists as a last resort, fearing that family therapy is about blaming parents.  In reality the parents hold the solution.

Getting help from an experienced family therapist can help parents find that solution with many more parenting resources, positive feedback, and new skills in raising their children.

Much of my background is in child and family therapy, with experience helping all kinds of families, with all ages of children and adolescents. I have worked in many different cultural and socioeconomic environments, including:

  • Elementary, middle, and high schools
  • Churches and temples
  • Community-based and neighborhood organizations
  • Teen and family medical clinics
  • GLBTQ clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Courts and juvenile facilities
  • Residence-based counseling services for Spanish-speaking immigrant families
  • Women’s clinics
  • Private practice

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Play Therapy

Play therapy is a way of communicating with children in their own language at their own developmental levels. This form of therapy is very effective with children, according to one recent review of research. Play therapy which includes and educates parents is even more so.(1)  Play therapy including parents is often called filial therapy.  I practice many creative and imaginative forms of helping children and their parents resolve sticky problems and move on.

Family Therapy

A recent review of research in the field of child and adolescent psychotherapy shows that including parents is an effective, essential part of treatment for children and adolescents who suffer from conduct disorders, depression, anxiety, academic or behavior disorders, as well as problems with substance abuse, suicidality and other dangerous behavior.(2)

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    1. Bratton et al (2005) “The efficacy of play therapy with children: A meta-analytic review of treatment outcomes”, Professional Psychology: Research and Practice (36:4, 376-390).
    2. Diamond and Josephson (2005) “Family-based treatment research: A 10-year update”, Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (44:9, 872-887)

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