The A Treatment Center
Offices in Pasadena, CA & Newport Beach / Corona Del Mar, CA
Jennifer Chen LMFT is a therapist who specializes in treating children with behavioral, emotional, and mental challenges. Jennifer has extensive experience working with children and adolescents. Her experience comes from both working with young people in school settings as well as in private practice. She has experience in working with young people dealing with emotional trauma, self esteem, educational issues and developmental challenges.
Jennifer is located in Pasadena CA.
Arolyn is located in both Pasadena and Corona Del Mar CA
Tips for finding a good child therapist;
1) It's all about relationships. Some say as much as 85% of change can be attributed to the relationship formed between the therapist and the child... A good therapist can usually engage a reluctant child. (Good) therapists share...a genuine interest in the child, and a willingness to understand the world as the child understands it.
2) ...Sees the child's strengths and is open to hearing the child's (and the parents') possible solutions to the challenges the child faces. The therapist understands that the child's problems are a way of coping (anxiety protects a child from danger; aggression can be a way of exercising control). When there is a real problem like Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder,anorexia, depression, or truancy, a good therapist sees "the problem as the problem." ... The child is much more than a few symptoms. The child is, underneath his problems, a wonderful person with potential. A good therapist separates the problem from the child.
3) ...understands that her role as therapist is temporary. The real people who need to be engaged to help the child are the special people already in the child's life... therapy is always understood as simply a step in a process of healing and connection.
4) ... Sees problems as complex and knows that solutions are often complex too.. helping a child, family or school take action...
5) ...Appreciates the child's culture and the context where the child lives ...that person doesn't have to be from your same ethnic, racial, or community background, but should be sensitive to differences and willing to ask questions about how your culture and values can help strengthen your child.
Summary from writings by:
Michael Ungar Ph.D.Nurturing Resilience
Finding a Great Therapist for Your Child
A great therapist for children shows five special qualities
Posted Nov 05, 2010 Psychology Today
Child therapy helps children, teens, and parents overcome challenges and develop solutions for long-term improvement. When life issues interfere with school, friends, or family life, it may be time to involve a specialist.
Do you worry about your child's behavior?
Did your child just experience traumatic event, a loss, or life altering news?
Is your child’s behavior often getting them sent to the office, or receiving detentions, or suspensions?
"My experiences within children's therapy range from toddlers to teens/adolescents with a variety of presenting issues including behavioral, depression, anxiety, trauma, ADHD, and stresses related to milestones and self-identity. This type of therapy accommodates the age level of the child or teen by incorporating play, art, music, relaxation, healthy coping techniques, social skills, and overall life skills. The child or teen works towards building self-esteem, improving their ability to cope with and handle their emotions, and learning how to problem solve and organize through life's difficulties."
Jennifer Chen LMFT
Do you wondered;
What does my child need?
How do I help my child?
Have you been debating for a while if he or she might benefit from child counseling?
Have you ever been at a loss for how to help your child?