Athena Staik, Ph.D., LMFT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
12866 Harbor Drive, Woodbridge, Virginia 22192
Quality parent-child relationships are ones that are mutually enriching and promote the emotional, mental growth of children and parents alike. Parents often need skills to gain the cooperation and mutual respect of their children, to be more effecting correcting problem behaviors. They need to know how to create an environment for emotionally safe, positive and open communications -- which builds healthy relationships. Therapy can support parents to set firm limits yet avoid punitive tactics, resolving conflicts in ways that empower children to cooperate and parents to transform conflict into growth and trust, and motive children to willingly contribute and maximize potential.
Michelle Kelley, LCSW
92 Main St., Suite 202 #2, Warrenton, Virginia 20186
At Girls Stand Strong we specialize in working with pre-teen and teen girls. Low self-esteem, friendship problems, dating and school stress can make a girl miserable (at home and at school). We also work with mothers of young children to support them through parenting and finding the balance in their lives. We would love to hear from you.
Glen Bowman, Ph.D
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
2300 Commonwealth Dr Ste 100, Charlottesville, Virginia 22901
Some of the most trying times a parent can experience occur when they believe something is wrong with their child. In situations like these, parents often find themselves struggling with what they can or should do for their child. You may be asking, “What is the appropriate response to what I fear is happening to my child?” or, “Where can I get the right help that my child needs?” At Thriveworks Counseling Charlottesville we have highly trained, experienced, and passionate Counselors and Psychologists who have the answers. Reach out to us today at (434) 812-4009 for a free phone consultation or to schedule a time to begin helping your child through life’s challenges.
Kristin Rosenthal, MA, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor
1707 Belle View Blvd C-1, Alexandria, Virginia 22307
Helping young children takes building a collaborative relationship with the parents, and offering parental guidance. We assess the developmental tasks and needs of that child, and sometimes suggest child-centered play therapy or play therapy. We also offer Sand-tray therapy, which allows children to show us their inner worlds in images and motion. EMDR can be helpful with building inner resources and over-coming traumatic experiences, such as medical procedures. Rather than a one-size-fits-all approach, we look at children’s problems in the context of their whole lives. Sometimes helping parents learn to play with and understand the meaning of their children’s actions is the magic.
1020 East Jefferson Street, Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
The practice of therapy to help children succeed is a collaboration between the parentsand the therapist. I can help you to help your child, and you can help me to help your child. The first appointment is usually just with the parent(s) or other guardian(s) so we can discuss your concerns and issues appropriate for adult discussion. The second session is generally with both the child and parents. The following sessions I might meet just with your child for a time or two. By the third or fourth appointment you and your child should feel comfortable and optimistic about therapy. At this point we will have decided on your goals and have a plan for services.
Christiana Shao, M.S., M.A., LGPC, NCC
Resident in Counseling
300 N Washington St #102, Falls Church, Virginia 22046
My approach to providing therapeutic care is strongly rooted in client centered therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. Play techniques will be used as part of treatment and treatment often involve parents and/or caregivers. It is not uncommon to have session with the child alone as well as conjoint therapy withthe child and parents, siblings or families.
Christina Schultz, MA
Resident in Counseling, Supervised by Thomas Lamp, LPC
New Directions Counseling, 150 S. Washington St Suite 303, Falls Church, VA, Falls Church, Virginia 22046
As a specialist in bereavement counseling, I am able to attend to the particular issues of childhood bereavement. I consider that it is important to create a safe space for bereaved children in conjunction and separate from their bereaved parents, since children usually respond to less verbal therapies. I employ art, music, and story telling exercises to help children process their grief.
Linda Ritchie, Ph.D.
Licensed Professional Counselor/Marriage & Family Therapist
3801 N Fairfax Drive Suite 61, Arlington, Virginia 22203
Just like adults, sometimes a child or adolescent can benefit from therapy. We can help you identify the underlying cause of your child's problems and develop strategies to help you and your child to learn better, more effective ways of behaving and coping with frustrations, and solving problems. We have clinical psychologists and experienced therapists who specialize in working with children and adolescents.
Laurie Levine, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
457-B Carlisle Drive #202, Herndon, Virginia 20170
Working with young children is a unique skill. As young children are less able to verbalize their stressors than are older children and adults, I utilize non-verbal tools to help them both express their needs and help them to work on solutions. I use sand tray therapy in my office which gives children ownership over their "world" by using figurines and toys to play out their personal situations. I also use art therapy with young children; both free form and structured activities during the session. Playing games with a young child gives me a way to learn how they adapt to rules and limits as well as giving the child a way to experience some fun while in the midst of productive therapy
Therapeutic Links, LLC
Licensed Psychotherapists and Counselors
2000 P St. NW, Suite 200, Washington, District of Columbia 20036
Young children and adolescents have difficulty expressing their emotions. Underlying stressors and emotional pain manifests in the form of verbal aggression, opposition, learning problems, sexual acting-out, excessive risk taking, and other behavior/attitude changes. Our practice consists of licensed therapists who specialize in adolescents (ages 13-19). We utilize therapies that include activities and experiences that allows the youth to express internal conflict and resolve problems. Contact us to learn more about how we can work together to help your child grow through this challenging phase in life.