Child Therapy San Diego
Child, Adolescent and Family Therapy - Parenting Education


    Child Therapy San Diego


I work with children and adolescents ages 2 to 16. 

After therapist assesses the case and discusses it with client and parents they decide on the modalities of treatment which might include Individual, conjoint and/or family therapy depending on the family and client's needs. 

Parents and therapist might also decide that the child does not need therapy at the moment or that they would prefer to start with improving their parenting techniques and strategies. That is great, in many cases parents only utilize my services as a parenting educator and we work together in order to develop an individualized parenting plan for their family with the objective of making their job as parents easier, less stressful, and hopefully much more rewarding.

Child Individual Therapy

Therapist and Client sessions

In this modality of treatment the client (child or adolescent) will participate in individual sessions with therapist. Therapist will utilize her knowledge and ability to make the child comfortable and to allow the therapeutic alliance to develop. As the relationship between therapist and client unfolds the client has opportunities to become aware of his issues and of working on improving areas of difficulty.

Conjoint Therapy 

Therapist, Client and another Family Member sessions

In this modality of treatment therapist will conduct sessions with two family members. Conjoint therapy 
can be provided to the child and a parent; to siblings or to the child and a parent/relative in need of working together in specific issues with the child.

Family Therapy

Therapist and Family Members sessions

In this modality of treatment the whole family is the client, as all family members participate together in the sessions. 
Family therapy can be extremely productive with a good dose of talking/discussing the much needed issues. It should also be a fun, relaxed and interactive experience for the family. 
While conducting family therapy I utilize the specific play activities that have the objective of 
removing barriers and making family members comfortable enough to work on difficult issues.

Reconciliation Therapy

When family members need to reconnect

I have extensive experience in reconciliation therapy
which refers to cases where a parent and child have been apart for some reason and need support to rebuild their strained relationship. 
This modality of therapy is conjointly offered to the child and estranged/reunifying parent and it is mostly common in cases of separation or divorce. 
In most cases a Court order is necessary for this type of service. Either the custodial parent or the 
non-custodial/reunifying parent can, during their mediation process, request the court to give a written recommendation for reunification therapy in order to facilitate contact and rebuild the bond between the estranged parent and his/her child. 

Toddler Therapy

Toddler and Therapist sessions and Toddler, Parent and Therapist sessions

Toddler therapy includes more active participation of parents during sessions. Some sessions will be with toddler and therapist only and others with the parent's participation for its whole duration or part of session's time. 

Parenting Program 

Working on an individualized parenting plan 

Many times parents need to take some time to "organize their house" as to gain understanding about what is not working well, what can be improved, to learn new tools and strategies to deal with their children or, simply put, to make their family life run more smoothly. My parenting program focuses on the implementation of positive methods of discipline and on improving the connection (attachment) between parents and their children. This program is individualized tailored to parents and family's needs and it consists of individualized parenting education, planning and support.