Are you finding that your child is struggling
with basic rules and expectations?,
and some children and teens are not the most easy to parent.
You may be feeling like your child is
you away at a time when
their behavior is most worrisome, and they need you the most.
Do you find yourself pi
Being a parent is the hardest job in the world
Issues tend to grow as your son or daughter
grows and develops.
You are on the front line when it comes to helping your children.
You're the one who knows them best and loves them the most. So, of
course, you want to be able to help with whatever problems they face in
However, there are times when your child may need help that you, alone, are unable to
provide. Just as a doctor is needed when there's a broken arm or a dentist is needed
when there is a cavity, a therapist may be needed
when a child's internal conflicts are so great that they are being expressed in
such negative, interfering behaviors.
Your child's acting out may be disrupting your entire family and getting in
the way of their own growing up.
The good news is that
professional help is available in Honolulu.
I provide specialized, child and adolescent therapy that is based on
the most up-to-date, research-proven methods.
It may be difficult to admit that outside help is needed. Perhaps you feel you've made mistakes along the way that
didn't help the situation. Or, in hindsight, you understand more now
and wish you had done some things differently. These are all very
Unless you have a crystal ball that you've forgotten to gaze into, you are
not at fault for your child needing professional help.
Blame will not
help you or your child. Instead, you are now in the process of making
a decision that will support your efforts. Seeking counsel from a
professional may be a new path. It is understandable to be anxious
about all of this.
I meet with parents first in order to learn from you the issues and
struggles that have prompted you to seek professional help for your child.
Then, I meet with your child to assess if therapy is even necessary, and if
so, prepare my recommendations in moving forward.
I share these recommendations with you so that, as the grown-ups, we can be
sophisticated in how we think about the problems and
Signs Your Child or Adolescent May Need
Help from a Child & Adolescent Expert
No one "sign" means you need help from a child and adolescent specialist; however, several signs may wave a red
flag. Research shows that the longer a parent waits to
get help for their child, the more severe the issues might become. If your child
doesn't seem to be outgrowing the problem, professional help may be needed.
Some Signs to Help Spot Your Child's Need for
a Professional Intervention:
Dangerous and risky behavior
Experimenting with drugs / alcohol
Bullying / Friendship struggles
Behaving secretively or dishonestly
Problems focusing on school work
Excessive video gaming
with divorced parents
Problems saying good-bye to parents
Excessive video gaming
Long periods of sadness
Return to younger behaviors
Struggling with basic rules and expectations
During our Parent Consultation meetings,
I work directly with you to understand your concerns
in the context of your child and family. As I work individually with your
child, I pair your knowledge of your child and family with my expertise in child
and adolescent development.
Together, we work to understand what your child or adolescent's behavior may be
telling us about their struggles in order to solve the problems that are
getting in the way of moving forward.
I want to understand your
worries and concerns so that I may help.
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