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Child Therapy
In Bergen County (Wyckoff, NJ)

Is your child struggling to manage their emotions? Maybe they're having big meltdowns or reacting with aggression - yelling, throwing things, hitting. It seems like these outbursts go from 0 to 100, especially when they are told "no" or asked to follow a simple direction. You're feeling overwhelmed, frustrated, ad don't know what to do anymore.

As a parent myself, I know what it's like to want the best for your child, and that often starts with finding a provider you trust. So, how can I help?

Before I even meet with your child, I offer a free 15-minute phone consultation so that we can chat further about what you're looking for. I will answer any questions you have about my practice and approach. This is all to determine if we are the right fit for one another!

During my first session with your child, I will have you join us so that we can meet and you can see the therapy room. I'll explain to your child that I'll be meeting with them every week for 45 minutes so that I can help them with whatever has brought them to therapy. I explain that everything we talk about stays in the room, except if they're in danger of hurting themselves, others, or they are reporting any kind of child abuse. I say that I'll also talk with their parents about how they're doing in therapy and sometimes parents will share with me what happens outside of the therapy room, so that I can help them better. Depending on the comfort level of the child, I will then ask you to leave the therapy room and complete an intake form for me, so that I can get some more background information that your child may not necessarily share.

Therapy with children is unique. All treatment starts with "get to know you" activities, so that your child feels comfortable and starts to build a therapeutic relationship with me - without a relationship, progress cannot be made. Some children come in to therapy excited and open to talking, while others don't want to participate and may take several sessions to share the smallest bit of information. I work with children who are eager to work on treatment goals and others who say "I don't know why I'm here" even if their parents have eplained it to them many times before.

Depending on the child's age, willingness to engage in the process, and treatment goals, therapy may consist of some or a combination of the following:

  • Play Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

  • Behavior Modification

  • Psychodynamic Therapy

  • Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions (SPACE)

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