FEELING YOUR CHILD’S PAIN?
Working with Parents
In our rapidly evolving, fast paced, competitive, multicultural city & globalized world, parents need help preparing their children for success, peace, and fulfillment in their adult lives. Your child may be young, a tween, teen, in college, or a young adult; as you know every stage of life is a critical springboard to their future.
What Parents Need from their Child’s Psychiatrist
Parents seek out and encourage participation in treatment for their child because they are concerned; sometimes seeking information on normal development, diagnostic clarity or a second opinion, or joint work with a current therapist. Sometimes parents are worried and sometimes terrified.
My Approach with Parents as your Child’s Psychiatrist
I work with parents collaboratively and for the younger child I often meet with the parents first and the child at a separate session. For teenagers, I meet first with them, and then request a second and individual session with you to hear and explore your concerns and gather a detailed history.
Parents are the critical component for a child’s growth and sustained gains in development. When working with the younger child, typically under the age of 14, I encourage regular parent participation. This could include joint sessions with one or more parents and your child, or parent guidance with the primary caretakers, on a regular or intermittent basis.
Working with teenagers requires more care in terms of confidentiality yet I continue to work closely with parents on establishing treatment goals and assessing progress on those goals at home, school and in other activities.
I have a 20 + years of experience of assessment, therapy and pharmacology skills and have seen and followed children for decades, literally from preschool to adulthood. Frequently my treatment model includes psychotherapy from play therapy to longer term psychodynamic psychotherapy based on my training in psychoanalytic theory and technique. Treatment frequently varies based on the child’s development and current concerns and can include phases primarily CBT focused, EMDR, mindfulness techniques and encouraging holistic positive lifestyle choices, such as sleep schedule and dietary choices.
Diagnoses range from adjustment disorders to potentially longer term psychiatric illnesses including ADHD, Tourette’s and tic disorders, mood disorders including Major Depressive Disorders, Bipolar Affective Disorders, psychiatric symptoms related to physical illness (including food allergies or autoimmune illnesses as celiac), psychotic disorders including Schizophrenia. Post Traumatic Stress disorders and its effects on attachment, including dissociation have been a strong focus of my work.
I have worked collaboratively with therapists, as well as with the school based team to address a variety of issues including those stemming from underlying learning issues. Reviewing prior educational testing, psychological testing, and medical documents have been an integral part of my assessment formulation and treatment plan.