Willow Rose Counseling, LLC

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Children and Littles

Your child is suffering and you may be confused and not know how to move forward at this time. Perhaps your child is struggling in school, being bullied, suffering from anxiety and/or depression, experiencing difficulty within social situations, struggling with grades/athletics/extracurriculars, has been recently diagnosed with ADD/ADHD, or is experiencing stress due to a recent divorce. I understand that you, as the parent, must be able to trust your child’s therapist and the great responsibility we have as caretakers is to help move them forward towards a healthier life. I work collaboratively with children ages 3-18 using evidenced-based practices, including play/art therapy techniques in order to help them develop coping skills to resolve their behavioral, emotional, or mental health challenges. Your child can be happy again and you can rest assured that your child is in trustworthy and safe hands.

I use a variety of differing treatment methods to provide the most effective treatment for children. I often introduce various art-based activities in my work with children when appropriate; play activities (toys, sand tray, puppets, blocks, props, and games) to supplement art therapy techniques and stimulate your child’s creative expression.  With these methods, I can help your child visually express and record their experiences, perceptions, feelings, emotions, creativity, and imagination. Children are thus able to explore their knowledge of art media and play-based approaches to enhance their ability to communicate within their relationships and their lives. 

Teens and Young Adults

It’s common for teens to feel shy about going to a therapist and there might be worry about being judged or some concern others will think he or she has a mental illness. However, most teens find that spending time with an adult outside of their family and who is giving them one-on-one attention enjoy the experience and somewhat mentorship very much. There are many reasons why a teen might want therapy (suffering from anxiety and/or depression, being bullied, transitioning to college). At the same time, there are reasons why a teen might be required to attend therapy (behavioral issues, poor grades, strained relationships with parents, substance use or addictive tendencies). When this is the case, an adolescent might not be so willing to participate. Sometimes, learning about what therapy can offer and the benefits of therapy can help change a teen’s mind. In general, therapy can offer a teen the following:

  • A safe place to discuss private matters
  • Someone a teen can truly trust
  • A professional who understands the mind and body and who can offer guidance on life’s struggles
  • An opportunity to talk about problems and concerns versus holding them in
  • Creative expression and other outlets

I have extensive experience working with adolescents and young adults. My therapy sessions with your teen focus on the following: building a sense of self worth, learning ways to manage anxiety and/or depressive symptoms, navigating and negotiating peer relationships, exploring and creating personal goals, developing skills to reach future goals, discussing healthy boundaries, finding creative ways to promote balance between dependence and autonomy, developing healthy decision making skills, rebuilding and strengthening communication, enhancing safety, exploring life changes/transitions, and  negotiating rules, expectations, and consequences. I understand you live in Northern Virginia where the pressure to perform and achieve is intense for all ages. Normal stress is compounded by the unpredictable career environment for parents, the inevitable PCS and some of the best schools in the nation (with equally high expectations) offering Honors, AP and IB courses, competitive sports, music, and extra curricular/spiritual activities. And let’s not forget the complications of technology, social media, video gaming, and internet safety! Perhaps your teen's stress is related to being in the throes of a major life transition (graduating from high school and transitioning to college). Whatever the cause of your teen's stress, he or she is likely experiencing a range of negative feelings (anger, anxiety, confusion, numbness, and self-doubt), a loss of self-esteem or self-worth, and an inability to let go of the past to move on toward a better future. I hope I will be able to meet your teen and family soon so that I can support them on their journey of healing!