Barbara McMahon MS LMHC - Counseling for Adults, Families and Children

Children's Counseling

I offer a wide variety of counseling techniques and strategies to help your child navigate his/her personal issues, difficulties or treatment needs.As an elementary school counselor for 17 years and counting, I have experience in effectively counseling children with all types of needs, some of the most common being Anxiety, Childhood Phobias and Fears, Situational or Clinical Depression, ADHD, Asperger's Syndrome and Bereavement.

Some popular and effective treatment methods are :

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Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
Change the Thoughts- Change the Behaviors. Repetitive, unhelpful, and unconsciously chosen thought processes and 'self-talk' can make a child's life unhappy to say the least. To learn how to identify such thoughts - and then to discover the power one has to alter one's perceptions - is a tool that can last a lifetime and be of invaluable help to any child.
Games and Bibliotherapy
Games and Bibliotherapy
A variety of games and excellently written books on all sorts of children's issues teach them that they are not the only child who struggles at times! More importantly, these help to teach children that it is always possible to find solutions, to make new choices and happy changes. With treatment, children learn to overcome a sense of helplessness that has often been adapted to by default.
Art Therapy
Art Therapy
Art Therapy is fun, therapeutic and diagnostic all at the same time. It is a form of communication that can by-pass the blocks of the conscious mind providing direction and illumination.
Scaredy Dogs and Cool Cats
Scaredy Dogs and Cool Cats
Treating childhood fears and anxiety is a common reason for therapy and is not as difficult as one may think. With the help of a workbook and the images of a few furry friends, children learn that their fears do not have to be in charge.! In fact, the faces of fear usually run away when confronted by a bold and newly courageous child!
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