Child Psychotherapy :

  Many children need help dealing with anxiety, transitions, traumatic experiences, loss, anger management, phobias, or social skills. Psychotherapy for children is typically sought when a variety of emotional and behavioral difficulties begin interfering with a child’s day-to-day functioning (anxiety, hyperactivity, sadness, difficulty following directions at home or in school, something appearing "off", etc) and when previous attempts to resolve the issues have been unsuccessful. Additionally, parents might bring their children to therapy for help in dealing with an upcoming or current transition, such as divorce, move, or impending loss.

  I respect each child's temperament and interpersonal style. By listening closely to what children say, I strive to create a trusting environment where a child can feel comfortable expressing him/herself, and feel worthy and unique. I utilize children’s natural tendency toward creativity by communicating both through talk, but also traditional play therapy, art work, storytelling, drama; all of which are wonderful tools that help support a child throughout the healing process. Like adults, the therapeutic alliance is essential in order for therapy to be successful, and the length of therapy depends on the complexity and intensity of the presenting problem. It is critical to prepare a child beforehand and, depending on the child’s age, it is often useful to simply state

Dr. Shoot is a kind of doctor who will help you find better ways to handle your problems

Parent-Child Psychotherapy:

  For some children and particularly children under age eight, parent-child psychotherapy may be necessary and more effective than seeing a child individually. Parent-child psychotherapy entails meeting with both the child and parent together and discussing problems, creating goals, and facilitating a healthy and healing parent/child relationship. Before seeing children of any age, I typically meet with the parent, alone, to gather a thorough assessment which includes a child’s full history beginning with the prenatal period and ending with a child’s current problems and level of functioning. Communication with a child’s teacher or other school administrators may be necessary, as well as other doctors or professionals involved in the child's treatment.

*In addition to the above, I am available to lead parenting workshops, consultation via phone or email with other professionals working with children in a range of educational, medical, and therapeutic settings, or on-site consulting. I am not administering psychological, neuropsychological or psychoeducational evaluations to children and adolescents at this time, but am available to consult with other diagnosticians regarding test results and interpretation.