Child Psychologists and Child Therapists in Utica, MI.

Find a child psychologist or a counselor who specializes in therapy and assessment for children in Utica, Michigan.


Child Therapist

Franklin Sollars, and Associates

Licensed Psychologist

Within driving distance of Utica

Children often express their experiences and feelings through play, and this becomes an important tool for learning about themselves and others. Children often express and resolve inner conflicts through their play. The therapist helps the child to express and understand the world through play activities - sometimes acting out conflicts and feelings, then interpreting (as appropriate to age) how a similar issue or feeling is present in the child's life.

Child Therapist

Elizabeth Talbot, L.P.C., L.M.S.W., A.C.S.W.

Liz Grazioli-Talbot

Within driving distance of Utica

Children often times need to express their feelings through a concrete methodology, so that they can release what is going on inside of them. Through play therapy, a child can address the many emotions and help identify them, so that the release of negative emotions do not cause them undo stress. Parents are wise to address the issues early on, so that the child can function as their true self. My guidance, through the process of child therapy, can help parents become skilled in communicating with their young child, so that attachment to parents has a solid foundation.

Child Therapist

Brian Shaffer, CPBS, GC-C, FT

Grief Counselor & Thanatologist

Within driving distance of Utica

All people are spiritual. Spirituality is different for all of us, but it is the common or central starting point for all of us when we face the tougher side of life. It is no different for children. Children are also very spiritual. Through their interesting viewpoints and their endless questions spark us to struggle, search and even connect. Children are profoundly spiritual and we need to listen to them. In their own way children often grasp things much faster and precisely than adults do and can give us much comfort and care. In working with children my approach is to explore their understanding of grief and spirituality. The spiritual markers on grief’s journeys, “typical” expression....

Child Therapist

Thomas Blume, Ph.D., LMFT, LPC

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Within driving distance of Utica

I spent many years as a preschool teacher and I place great emphasis on the learnings that take place during the first 7 years of life. Parents and other parental figures have tremendous power to create a network of safe, challenging but supportive environments. When children are showing signs of emotional strain, I prefer to work with the adults to locate and address the sources of problems.

Child Therapist

Donna Major, LMSW, BCD

Donna Major

Within driving distance of Utica

Are your children/teens displaying behaviors that may be of concern to you? Have you been "stuck" with a situation that you are struggling to overcome? Is your child struggling with anxiety, depression, school problems, or emotional issues due to the loss of a loved one, cyber-bullying, trauma or divorce? I have worked in Education K-12, for 15 years helping parents and their children overcome many difficulties in life and improve academic success.

Child Therapist

Kim Snyder, MS, LPC, NCC, DCC

Counselor

Within driving distance of Utica

I counsel children as young as 6 years old. We play games, or drawing on the whiteboard to begin developing a therapeutic relationship. Everyone needs to be comfortable with their counselor before they can begin to open up. Children are no exception. When children do begin to open up, most are asking when they can come back. Developing a relationship takes a little longer with children than with adults, but it's well worth the slight delay.

Child Therapist

Thomas Bruno, LLP

Specialist in Clinical Pyschology

Within driving distance of Utica

On occasion, I do see young children of clients that I counsel. These sessions are usually with the parent or parents present. This is when I have them draw a picture of their house and tell where their room is. If a child is upset about something happening in his/her life, they may act out in anger. Allowing the child or children to express their feelings without penalty is important. However, if it is a deeper problem that cannot be fixed within a few sessions, I refer them to someone who specializes in young children.

Child Therapist

Ellen Craine, JD, LMSW, ACSW

Divorce and Family Mediator, Parenting Coordinator, & SW

Within driving distance of Utica

My approach to counseling with children is to work collaboratively with the parents. counseling with children is part of a family systems approach. Children do not develop struggles in a vacuum so working with the parents and the rest of the family as needed is of added benefit to the child in therapy, regardless of the age of the minor child involved. Therapy may be weekly or every other week, as needed and determined when we develop the treatment plan.

Child Therapist

Marshall Maldaver, Ph.D, LP

Licensed Psychologist

Within driving distance of Utica

Children need a solid, constant source of care. Therapy can help the child express their emotions and deal with any disorder(s) they may have. It also brings the issues to the attention of the parents so they can better deal with the situation and make more time for their child. If you are not able to help, a therapist can be very effective at finding out what is troubling your child and help them deal with their emotions.

Child Therapist

Kim Watzman, M.Ed., LPC, NCC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Within driving distance of Utica

Parents seek treatment for children for a variety of reasons. Some of those may be behavioral/emotional issues, changes within the family, and adjustment issues to name a few. I utilize a variety of techniques to connect with children and assist them in exploring their feelings becoming more responsible for behaviors, developing new solutions to problems, respect and acceptance of self and others.

Child Therapist

Tameka Arnold, LMSW, SSW

Clinical Therapist, School Social Worker

Within driving distance of Utica

In working with young children I use play therapy primarily. My treatment modalities include individual and group counseling in order to assist the children with practcing the skills learned in a social setting. My focus with younger children include self- control and appropriate expression of frustration. In addition, I focus on social skills and adjustment concerns. Lastly, I work closely with parents on positive behavior supports and assistance with behavioral interventions.

Child Therapist

Stephanie Sachs, LPC

Licensened Psychotherapist

Within driving distance of Utica

Do you have young children you are worried about? Are you seeing mood, personality, and behavior, changes in your child? Are you going through a divorce or in early recovery from a divorce? Is your child struggling socially? Academically? Young children often lack the insight, or capacity, to understand their stressful circumstances, and so it is common to be able to observe their stress, such as acting out, or acting in (withdrawing into the self, as with depression and social anxiety). Therapy can help you to understand where your child is at developmentally, what the major tasks are at that age, and how and why your child may be struggling right now, and how you can help, now. Don't wait.

Child Therapist

Michael Govan, MA, LLP, LPC, LSGC, EMDR II

Licensed Professional Counselor

Within driving distance of Utica

Children are very special people! I have worked for 23 years helping children to live a more satisfying life. Outside my office I've raised two into teen and adulthood. I've taught kids at my church for years, and I also am a Licensed School Counselor. Just 3 weeks ago I took on a 11-12 year old and we've already pushed through the most difficult part of treatment! Kids like the relaxed environment and the fact that I spell things out for them so they understand what we are trying to accomplish. I'd love to help your children work through the issues that keep them from achieving their goals. Give me a call and we'll start in a couple days!!!



You have found the top therapists in Utica, MI who specialize in helping children.

Thank you for visiting our Michigan page of licensed child psychologists and child therapists in Utica, Michigan who are trained and experienced in helping children and youth.  Working with children requires a different skillset from other types of therapy and here you will find therapists who are skilled, patient and experienced. Please note that while all therapists here work with children, not all may be a registered psychologist. You can easily verify this on each profile. Reach out to a child therapist or child psychologist in Utica today, our contact forms are "open" 24/7.

Utica is located in Macomb County, Michigan. It has a land area of 1.70 square miles and a water area of 0.02 square miles.  The population of Utica is 4,942 people with 2,191 households and a median annual income of $48,555. .


Therapy Affordability Meter for Utica, MI

Some budgeting needed

While counseling can certainly be an expense for individuals and families in Utica, with proper budgeting, it is entirely do-able and the risk/reward is worth it. For some families, it may be difficult to sustain a commitment to therapy without proper insurance coverage. If this is you, ask your therapist about low cost options as practitoners in and around Utica may have flexibility or sliding scales