Just as sometimes as adults we have trouble navigating through life -- or are met with trauma, anxiety, grief, depression, anger management issues, or family/relationship conflict -- so do our children and teens. Therapy provides a safe space for kids and teens to open up, talk about, and work through the obstacles they are facing. It is a place for them to feel validated and develop the tools to work through their issues, both those they are facing now, and the tools to work through any issues they may face in the future.
Everyday, children and teens are facing new obstacles and learning how to interact with peers and authority figures. Whether your child is struggling with academic success, behavior in school or at home, anxiety, depression, past trauma, communication, self-esteem, stress, grief, or understanding their own emotions – we are here to help. Through therapy your child will learn the skills necessary to face and overcome their unique obstacles; as well as the skills to face new experiences in the future. Ultimately, through overcoming these obstacles, therapy can help strengthen the bonds of your family.
Meet our Child and Adolescent therapists:
Dr. Ben Culhane
PSY 29615 | $175 per 50-minute session
Available in Oceanside
Nearly all his adult professional life Ben has worked with families, adolescents, and children in some capacity. He has sought to make a difference in the lives of others – whether as a middle and high school teacher or helping people in his practice.
We are biologically hard-wired to seek and form deep relationships with others. Being emotionally available to another person and wanting them to be equally available to us is healthy. Sometimes in our interpersonal relationships, whether romantic, familial, or friendship, we experience challenges and difficulties that leave us feeling confused or angry or hurt, unloved.
Ben works with those who have experienced trauma – whether from a single incident or repeated similar events – as well as abandonment, neglect, bullying, and verbal abuse. You are not alone. There is hope and a way through. Whether you are looking for individual therapy or family therapy – regardless of your personal values or beliefs – you will be regarded with compassion and acceptance. My therapy sessions are designed to strengthen your confidence and self-esteem and assist you in the healing process.
Through the use of a culturally and trauma-informed approach, Young helps identify and interrupt patterns of behavior and thought that can be harmful to individuals and their relationships. With children, Young uses play and art therapy to engage them in their world, allowing expression and communication in their language.
With teens, trust and authenticity need to be established and experienced before any real progress can be made. Young creates an atmosphere of safety and trust by engaging them with a frank, authentic, and playful approach. Similarly, through art and activities he helps them express themselves in a safe environment, while allowing them to explore their own thoughts and feelings. Young works primarily from a Solution-Focused and Cognitive Behavioral approach with teenagers.
The parent-child relationship can become challenging due to the many changes that children experience in their development. In these times, Young utilizes the importance of collaboration between child and parent, and so conducts family therapy as much as possible.
Young uses Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for youth healing from trauma. This is a conjoint child and parent psychotherapy approach for children and adolescents who are experiencing significant emotional and behavioral difficulties related to traumatic life events.
Rina comes from a multicultural background; and has had the opportunity to work with diverse populations. Rina offers services in both English and Spanish. With children and adolescents, Rina uses Narrative therapy and Emotionally Focused therapy, as well as play and art therapy with children. Rina provides a safe environment that best fosters emotional growth for children and teens. She incorporates parental involvement to maintain cohesiveness in the family unit – keeping in mind what is best for your child or teen.
As a retired Marine and now Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, Dawn is well-versed in helping individuals meet their goals. Dawn prides herself on creating a safe and non-judgmental space for all her clients – especially teens.
Teens are constantly facing new, unique, and challenging experiences, Dawn seeks to explore each teen’s unique circumstance and provide them the skills and foster insight required to navigate through these challenges.
Dawn emphasizes the use of concrete skills, hope, humor, and secure connection to work with teens and families. She is constantly exploring the most current and relevant research to be applied to each individual; as well as a focus on an Emotionally Focused therapy approach.
Therapy can help your child improve communication skills, improve classroom or home behaviour, overcome learning obstacles, improve self-esteem, and learn how to create effective boundaries. If you think your child is struggling, but seem to be facing a wall in your communication, it may be time to reach out and get help.