Is your child or adolescent lacking confidence or self-esteem, feeling stuck, having difficulty finding his or her own identity, self-critical, seeking other’s constant approval, closed off/shut down or constantly arguing with you?
Children and adolescents live in an increasingly demanding and stressful world. School, friends, family and sports all take their respective toll. Signs of depression, anxiety, and stress often in the forms of withdrawal, isolation, moodiness, anger, irritability, difficulty concentrating, or substance use/abuse are common responses to these demands.
While some of these behaviors and emotions can be chalked up to “normal” child and adolescent behaviors, there may be further underlying concerns. Thereby making it difficult to delineate these potential problems from what is considered “normal”. Are you noticing an impact on your child’s academic, work or sports performance, difficulty with friends and family, disagreements on how to handle your child’s concerns, thus putting additional strain on your own relationships, or are you a parent and just don’t know what to do any more.
As parents we want the best for our children and want them to reach their full potential and thrive, whether that is happiness, passion, success or acceptance, etc. We want to see our children waking up excited to start a new day, confident and proud of who they are and what they can accomplish.
Hello, I’m Dane Wendell. I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the state of Maryland. I received my master’s degree in Applied Psychology with a concentration in Counseling from the University of Baltimore.
I provide a combination of solution focused, strength based, cognitive behavioral therapies and parent training in order to support children, adolescents and their families who showing signs of behavioral and emotional challenges such as inattentiveness, hyperactivity, oppositional and defiant behavior, moodiness and anger. I help by building on already established strengths, find exceptions to the problems, building resiliency, gaining a positive outlook on situations and form positive and achievable goals.
These approaches help me to empower my clients to explore new opportunities, while utilizing previously successful experiences to overcome the challenges that are bringing them into counseling. These forms of therapies often takes the focus off what the client is not doing well and instead focuses on the clients strengths and therefore build upon those strengths and successes.
If you have concerns about your child or adolescent’s behaviors or emotions and would like to hear more details on how I can help, please call.