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Susan Nestler, Psy.D.
Location: 1900 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach
I offer Play-Family Therapy for children from 3 - 12. The therapy starts each session with 20 minutes of family time to discuss both strengths and difficulties the child or family is having. The child then spends 30 minutes in the imaginative realm of play therapy, where the metaphors of his play mirror the life hurts and challenges of his/her everyday life. Children often choose the sand tray, with its many figures which are symbols for the elements of their inner experience. But the play room is also full of other toys that allow play themes to unfold. I create a safe space for the child to understand and express his/her experience and provide parenting support at family meetings.
Susan Christiansen, Ph.D, LMFT, MSW
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
Location: 1555 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd Suite 405, West Palm Beach
As a marriage and family therapist, I see the innocence of a child as the foundation for well-being. I work with the child's strengths in the context of family, school, friends, divorce, abuse, and other situations which may impact the emotional health of the child. Everything is in relationship to other forms of behavior. We derive a fuller understanding of these relational patterns from a brief comparison of other scenarios. Looking at the bigger picture can lead to a happier story ending.
David Ransen, Ph.D., MFT
Location: 75 NE 5th Ave. Suite L, Delray Beach
So many child behavior and parenting problems simply vanish, once we understand a few basics. Children are not small adults, and should not be expected to respond the way adults do. Children, like everyone else, respond beautifully to praise, love and reward. By contrast, punishment creates only resentment and the motivation to not get caught. All the particulars flow from these simple truths. Even the most defiant and disrespectful children can quickly come around, if we simply pay a little more attention to connecting praise and rewards to desirable behavior, and withholding them for unwanted behavior.
Elizabeth Ossip, MSW, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Location: 215 NE 22nd Street, Delray Beach
I help children process their emotions through play and other proven therapies. If your child has experienced an emotional upset, trauma or difficulty, I provide a safe, neutral and supportive environment for them to express their feelings and become "regulated." Their behavior will shift and they will cope with their feelings and circumstances in a new and positive way. I have worked extensively with at-risk children in the most stressful circumstances. Through play therapy, behavioral therapy and other evidence based techniques, I can assist your child with a wide range of problems, behaviors and disorders, as well as providing parenting support and education. Please call for an appointment now....
Linda Wechter-Ashkin, Ph.D. NCSP
Licensed and Certified School Psychologist
Location: 401 West Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach
I currently see many of my young clients in order to provide psychological and educational testing. I provide gifted testing as well as testing for educational and behavioral issues. I have worked within the school system for over 20 years so I am able to help parents to navigate the school system and to better understand their child's IEP goals and accommodations.
Psychological Wellness Center
Location: 12008 South Shore Blvd. Suite 207, Wellington
Therapy can help your child develop problem-solving skills and also teach them the value of asking for help. Many children need help dealing with school stress, such as homework, test anxiety, bullying, or peer pressure. Others need help to discuss their feelings about family issues, particularly a major transition, such as a divorce, move, birth of sibling, loss of some close, or serious illness. Through play and other techniques, we help children learn to verbalize feelings and work through their concerns in a developmentally appropriate way. Very young children can benefit from being evaluated if there is a significant delay in development such as walking, talking, or toilet training
Jamie Wintz, M.Ed., LMHC, LLC
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Location: 8259 North Military Trail, Suite 14, Palm Beach Gardens
Young children are pretty adept at communicating when something is going wrong. Challenges can arise when we, as parents and caregivers, misinterpret their messages or dismiss their behaviors as simple “behavioral problems.” My approach to working with young children involves using play therapy techniques aimed at teaching parents and caregivers to understand the function of their child’s behaviors. As a result, the child can feel heard, the parent or caregiver can feel supported and healing can take place.
Maria Sue Butler, LMFT, Supervisor State Of Florida
LMFT Diplomate, Certified of Anger management
Location: 2799 N.W 2 Nd Ave Suite 117, Boca Raton
Small children aged 3 to 8 typically do not participate in family therapy because the vast majority of therapists consider such children too young to articulate their feelings or understand complex patterns of behavior. Butler thinks otherwise, as she perfects her skills using an approach called narrative therapy. Often described as “post-modern,” narrative therapy allows clients to put away old, tired versions of the stories they tell themselves [and everybody else] about their lives. Playing more to the clients’ strengths than their weaknesses, the approach urges clients to see themselves as much more than the presenting problem and to identify ways in which they are already taking steps
Jean Pollack, Ph.D
Psychologist, Professional Life Coach, Mediator,Author
Location: , Boca Raton
More and more parents whose child is being bullied in school or in the neighborhood.
Many times, their child has difficulty expressing his or her feelings and will begin to manifest somatic complaints such as stomachaches, headaches, school refusal, and/or acting out in school. Play therapy is one way to address bullying. Play therapy provides a vehicle for communication that is non-threatening, non-intrusive, and sensitive to the developmental needs of children. We provide art therapy for young children.
We provide psychoeducational testing for children with behavior and or learning problems. We make recommendations to their school staff and provide advocacy for your child.
Skipper Harvey, PsyD
Location: 125 W. Indiantown Road, Suite 203-A, Jupiter
Young children often have difficulty as they learn to manage intense emotions. An inability to manage strong feelings may result in extreme tantrums that can be very disturbing to parents and other family members. Many parents will do whatever it takes to stop their child from acting out which can then lead to the child gaining control over their parent and environment through inappropriate behavior. Learning to properly manage emotions through emotional literacy education can help a child recognize what they are feeling and learn less intense ways to deal with strong feelings. Parents can also manage a child’s behavior through a loving and consistent discipline style.
Child Psychologist Lake Worth.
If you have children who need professional counseling, a child psychologist Lake Worth, child therapist with Theravive is the best place to turn to. Each Lake Worth child psychologist with us has experience and training working with children and understands the unique dynamics involved in the treatment of a child in Florida. We hope you will contact one of our Lake Worth children's therapists or child psychologists for Lake Worth, FL child counseling services and assessment.
Welcome to our network of Florida therapists who specialize in counseling for children. A Lake Worth child psychologist or child counselor is a vital resource for helping your child move through and heal from difficult issues for healthy development. All of the therapists and psychologists listed here specialize in helping children and do so with caring and compassionate values that are important to you. Choose a qualified child psychologist Lake Worth, FL, or select a Lake Worth child counselor to begin the vital process of healing and helping for your loved one.