Child and Family

Child and Family

Parents bring their children to therapy for a variety of reasons – among the most common are behavioral and social issues, changes in family structure, academic struggles, parent­-child stressors, attention issues or ongoing sadness. With very young children, Play Therapy often provides a comfortable way for young children to express and work through difficult feelings.

Teens often don’t understand their own harmful behaviors. Having a place to address what is behind the behavior can help them make better choices. As children turn into teens, they may benefit from the input of other adults. They may be willing to follow a suggestion from a therapist or a coach that they refuse to hear from you, their parent. While this is part of their natural development, it can be frustrating. Therapy for teens requires confidentiality, but I will work with you on setting goals with your teen to create the changes in behavior that will benefit both of you.

Let me help you and your child identify the things that are working well and build on those assets.

  • Deborah McNeil, MS, LMFT
  • Offices in San Rafael and Mill Valley
  • debmcneil.mft@gmail.com
  • (415) 328-5970