DON’T FEEL GOOD ENOUGH?
Child Psychiatrist for Tweens
Tweens are in between elementary school and high school, in between childhood and adolescence.
What Tweens Need
Development during these years contain several critical steps including the development of a strong and healthy self identity that will ground relationships with parents, siblings and peers and form the foundation for successful independence as an adolescent and young adult.
These years can become complicated. The relatively safe and controlled environment of childhood and elementary school is replaced by the for more complex world of middle school and the sudden changes of a maturing body and a rapidly changing environment. School and extracurricular activities such as sports or community and church or temple activities become much more complex and demanding. Peer development becomes more uneven and groups and friendships can change precipitously.
Challenges Tweens Face
These rapid and extreme changes commonly bring on signs of stress such as moodiness, increasing anxieties including performance anxiety and perfectionism, and confused, lost, or destructive peer relationships.
This can be an equally confusing time for parents who know the signs and often the reasons for their child’s distress yet have less influence over the events and their tweens emotional response.
My Approach as your Tween’s Psychiatrist
As a child and adolescent psychiatrist with extensive experience I am expertly equipped to approach your child with an open mind, to hear from them and you, and sort through the often complex circumstances that are creating the symptoms of distress.
We will develop a plan together that could include individual therapy, parent sessions, parent-tween sessions, review of academic needs, meetings with teachers and school staff, exploring other treatment needs as psychological testing, neuropsychological testing, or referrals to other forms of support as group therapy. Medication may be explored as well as part of a comprehensive treatment plan.