Working with children has always been a passion of Dr. Julie's. Children under 12 are particularly important for her because she knows how quickly brains grow and develop during these years. Have you ever heard "neurons that fire together, wire together"? It's a fancy way of saying, when we experience something more than once, it begins "wiring" our brains to respond to that situation.
Our early years in life are particularly important because our brains are ready to absorb lots of information about the world to create a "blueprint" for survival and well being. This includes developing "blueprints" for relationships, language, motor skills, expressing ourselves, world views, keeping safe, academics, social skills, and so much more. Similarly, children who do not have certain repeated experiences in their lives (neurons firing together) will struggle to develop and use those skills, often later in life (because the neurons were not 'wired' together). This trauma informed approach can be the beginning of a new understanding of your child's behaviors, needs, and development.
Counseling services are provided to help identify 'gaps' or challenges respective to your child's life experience and needs. Once Dr. Julie is able to better understand your child's needs, the real work of healing and supplementing their resiliency begins.
Reach out today to see how Dr. Julie can support you and your child develop healthy patterns for coping, handling challenging experiences, and 'close the gaps' to carry with your family long after you leave her office. She believes in finding little things to support big changes.
What Does Therapy "Look" Like?
How therapy or counseling "looks" changes depending on the needs and age of each child. Young children do not yet have the ability to process emotions through use of words like older children or adults. While a young child may be able to express grief, for example, with a "play" based solution (shown here), an older child may be ready to express themselves through more traditional "talk therapy".
For children who are shy, withdrawn, or who have low verbal skills she often begins with low use of language in therapy sessions. Therefore, she may use play, music, coloring or art to regulate/soothe, develop resilience, and heal. Older children, children who are verbally expressive, and/or enjoy talking with others may benefit from a heavier language based process known as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
No matter what your child needs, Dr. Julie is devoted to honoring their experience and incorporating brain based approaches that are flexible, responsive, and replicable (in most circumstances) at home with your help.
Interested in taking a quick screening for your child's behaviors and emotions? Check your child's symptoms to see how they measure up to healthy coping and development.
Are you concerned your child may have a disability effecting them in school or at home? Want a second opinion on your school district's or medical practitioner's report and diagnoses? Dr. Julie's expertise allows her to assess for a wide-range of academic, cognitive, and emotional strengths and challenges including:
-Executive functioning (e.g. organization, self-control)
-Anxiety/depression/other emotional needs
Dr. Julie's specialization in evaluating with a neuropsychological lens enables her to take a more 'detective-like' look in to your child's processing, paving the way for clear and informative recommendations and information about how your child learns best. My services are particularly well-suited for children under 12, for children with complex learning challenges, or for parents seeking information about their child's abilities to inform future decisions.
What is included in an evaluation?
You can expect an evaluation to consist of a clinical interview(s), observation(s), review of records, and assessment.
All evaluations are trauma informed and will include identification of Special Education Disability (if applicable), diagnostic test scores and analysis, implications for education, clinical observations, background information, and a list of treatment recommendations, including recommendations for school and/or home based intervention and planning. Dr. Julie avoids providing DSM-V diagnoses when possible. She believes that children are more than the "labels" that can attach to them.
If you are concerned about your child's learning, contact Dr. Julie right away. Early intervention is key.
Want to learn a little more about what makes a neuropsychological approach special? Interested in seeing a sample report or understanding how an evaluation works?
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