Child Therapy

Cases We Are Not Taking

  1. We cannot take children under the age of 10 years old. We have been referring all patients under the age of 10 to Ula Anderson, LMFT. The following is Ula’s contact information: Phone: 808-518-2648 Fax: 808-935-2790 Address: 32 Kinoole St. Suite 105 Hilo, Hawaii 96720.

  2. We cannot take custody cases of any kind.

The Process

The first appointment is always with the parent(s) or guardian(s) without the child. This is so that the provider can get a clearer understanding of what the goals for the child are. This can often be difficult to discuss with the child present.

Children are typically seen on a weekly basis until their provider feels that it isn't necessary anymore.

If the child is referred by their primary care physician, we will send them a brief report after the first 2 appointments. The report we send is to keep them informed and to help them better service your child.

About Child Therapy

There are various events and situations that can cause problems for children and adolescents. A death in the family, abuse, divorce and a move are events that can greatly impact your child. Occasionally, it’s difficult to pin point the reasoning of a child’s sudden emotional or behavioral change. Your child might be withdrawn, stressed, or tearful.

The following is a list of things your child may be experiencing and could benefit from seeing a therapist:

  • excessive school absenteeism or tardiness

  • mood swings (e.g., happy one minute, upset the next)

  • development of or an increase in physical complaints (such as headache, stomachache, or not feeling well) despite a normal physical exam by your doctor

  • management of a serious, acute, or chronic illness

  • signs of alcohol, drug, or other substance use (such as solvents or prescription drug abuse)

  • problems in transitions (following separation, divorce, or relocation)

  • bereavement issues

  • custody evaluations

  • therapy following sexual, physical, or emotional abuse or other traumatic events

  • developmental delay in speech, language, or toilet training

  • learning or attention problems (ADHD)

  • behavioral problems (excessive anger, acting out, bedwetting or eating disorders)

  • a significant drop in grades, if your child normally maintains high grades

  • episodes of sadness, tearfulness, or depression

  • social withdrawal or isolation

  • being the victim of bullying or bullying other children

  • decreased interest in previously enjoyed activities

  • overly aggressive behavior (such as biting, kicking, or hitting)

  • sudden changes in appetite (particularly in adolescents)

  • insomnia or increased sleepiness