Jeanette takes appointments for children ages 3-21. Psychotherapy focuses on:
Jeanette blends various approaches within her treatment modality including Attachment Informed Focused Family therapy, Art therapy, Sand tray therapy, Clay therapy, Sensory Play, Object relations therapy and interventions congruent with Theraplay® and Beyond Consequences. These techniques are effective because of their appeal to traumatized children. They enable a child to be emotionally receptive, engaged and invested in the treatment process which fosters trust, change and healthy attachments.
Her process is focused on reducing symptoms and building coping skills. In session, she actively communicates empathy and acceptance while providing the child with the comfort and containment needed to explore and resolve past trauma and shame-related experiences. At the same time she is actively facilitating the child’s ability to form positive, reciprocal relationships with their parents and help them develop compassion for themselves. Within the safety of the therapeutic environment, the child is able to face and resolve past traumas.
Parents are usually the first to recognize that their child has a problem with emotions or behavior. Still, the decision to seek professional help can be difficult and painful. The first step is to gently try to talk to your child. An honest open talk about feelings can often help. You may choose to consult with your child’s physicians, teachers, members of the clergy, or other adults who know the child well. These steps may resolve the problems for your child and family.
Following are a few signs which may indicate that a child and adolescent psychiatric evaluation will be useful.
PRE-ADOLESCENTS AND ADOLESCENTS
Jeanette takes appointments for traditional, single parent, gay and lesbian, adoptive and foster families. Her focus is on helping the family function in more positive and constructive ways by exploring patterns of communication and providing support and education. Family therapy sessions can include the child or adolescent along with parents, siblings, and grandparents.
Family therapy sessions are scheduled during my regular office hours.
Jeanette offers a Free support group throughout the year.