Child and Adolescent Individual Therapy
Child and adolescent individual therapy applies techniques and methods to help kids who are experiencing difficulties with their emotions or behavior. Although there are different types of therapy, most rely on communications as the basic tool for bringing about change in a child’s feelings and behaviors. Individual therapy will involve an individual child or adolescent and also typically involves primary caregivers to the extent necessary. Playing, drawing, building, and pretending, as well as talking, are important ways children and adolescents share their feelings and resolve problems.
Child and adolescent individual therapy may address:
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Our Therapists Who Specialize in this Area
Lori Ann Wagner, LPCC, CCMHC, NCC
I offer my clients an innate respect and compassion for their unique story. My mission is to activate an individual’s inner courage to overcome their fear so they can enjoy healthier, more productive lives and relationships. My style is creative and intuitive, combined with common sense and practical judgment. I focus on the whole person in the context of the present and past, helping clients to discover life choices – those that keep them stuck and those that can help them move forward. I find great joy in helping my clients obtain that understanding.
As a therapist I use Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Mindfulness approaches along with Adlerian Psychotherapy. I offer Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) services for children and teens. I also offer Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy and employ alternative therapy techniques (e.g. arts/crafts, play therapy) to tailor treatment to the unique needs of my clients.Education:
Master’s Degree in Adlerian Counseling and Psychotherapy with concentrations in Professional Clinical Counseling and Marriage and Family TherapyExperience:
Multiple years of experience in clinical settingsSpecialties:
- Individual (adult adolescent, child) and family therapy
- Behavior problems
- Coping skills
- Family conflict
- Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) - evidence-based behavioral therapy for families with children ages 2-6
- Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) - evidence-based trauma therapy for children and adolescents ages 3-18
Melissa Treff, PsyD, LP
For whatever is bringing you to therapy, I will foster a safe and open space that provides support and validation while being a non-judgmental witness to your personal story. Working collaboratively with you, we will create and work towards therapeutic goals through the exploration of past and current experiences and how they have built beliefs, making connections from past and present. As we tie together these connections, we will work to identify how they create negative or unrealistic core beliefs, while instilling more helpful and positive ones that can lead to greater overall wellbeing and a more positive sense of self.
As a clinician, I utilize a psychodynamic approach that is informed through developmental and strengths-based lenses, as well as incorporating a family systems orientation. I believe the relationships formed between clients and their families serve as a catalyst for therapeutic growth and change. It is through this relationship that core beliefs can be explored in order to gain further understanding of their impact on current thoughts, behaviors, and emotions. In my clinical work, I like to utilize tailored inventions, respecting personal needs, culture, and goals, to create a personalized treatment plan.Education:
BA is Psychology - St. Cloud State University
MA in Psychology - Argosy University, Twin Cities
Psy D in Clinical Psychology - Minnesota School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Twin CitiesExperience:
Multiple years of experience working in community mental health settings and outpatient clinics, conducting therapy services and psychological assessments for clients. Several years of providing clinical and administrative supervision services to trainees and clinicians seeking licensure.Specialties:
- Psychological Assessments for children, teens, and adults (ages 6-65)
- Behavioral issues in childhood
- Parenting skills
- Mood and Anxiety Disorders
- Trauma/PTSD/Past experiences of abuse or neglect
- Life Transitions
- Self care/Stress Management
Steven Baker, MSW, LICSW
I'm here to support you, working to broaden perspectives and highlight strengths as a means of making positive and lasting change. I use a reflective, solution-focused lens in therapy to explore challenges and support you in working toward your goals. I believe gaining insight into the connections among your thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and environments is a great tool for making change, and I'm excited to be along for the ride with you!Education:
Master of Social Work, University of Minnesota Twin Cities
Bachelor of Science in Psychology, North Dakota State University
Over the last several years, I've worked in community mental health settings providing psychotherapy and skills support to people across the Minneapolis-St Paul metro. I've enjoyed working with people of all ages as they take steps toward their goals in and outside of the therapy room. I also spent time working with Be the Match - National Marrow Donor Program, where I provided counseling and support services to caregivers of people completing bone marrow transplants.Specialties:
- Adolescent and adult individual therapy
- Self-care, self-awareness, self-acceptance
- Personality disorders
- Mood disorders (anxiety, depression)
- Life stressors
- Family problems
- Emotion regulation
Jennie Duchschere, PhD, LP
Dr. Jennie Duchschere provides therapeutic and assessment services ranging from ages 6-65, and has specialized in working with children, adolescents, and young adults. Additionally, she has extensive experience working with those involved in the juvenile justice system. She has provided evidence-based treatment for a variety of clinical issues, particularly trauma (with advanced training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), behavioral problems, and mood and anxiety disorders. She conducts general psychodiagnostic and forensic evaluations.
In therapy, Dr. Duchschere draws from a foundation of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. However, she believes that treatment should be individualized based on the client’s strengths, values, and context. When working with children, Dr. Duchschere believes it is important to integrate caregivers into the process and will work with the family to determine the best way to do so.
Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, University of Arizona
M.A. in Clinical Psychology, University of Arizona
B.S. in Psychology, Loyola University ChicagoExperience:
Dr. Duchschere has several years of experience working in a variety of settings, including community mental health, private practice, inpatient hospitals, and forensic facilities.Specialties:
- Kids and Adolescents (6+)
- Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Trauma-Focused CBT (TF-CBT)
- Forensic Issues
- Mood Disorders
- Behavior Problems
Rachel O’Connor, MS, Post-Master's Fellow
I have firsthand experience with how nerve-wracking it can be to begin therapy, whether it is for the first time or with a new therapist. I prioritize creating a safe and welcoming environment for clients. I believe that the depth of healing that is possible through therapy makes it a risk worth taking, but the approach and temperament of the therapist is undeniably important. That is why I strive to provide each client with the individualized support they need to make the changes they want to make in their life. With the proper support and resources, I believe that every client can seek the healing they desire.
I provide individual therapy for adolescents and adults who are experiencing the following: anxiety, depression, life stressors and transitions, grief and loss, trauma, and identity concerns. My approach to therapy is a combination of Person-Centered therapy and Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT). Person-Centered therapy views each client as a unique individual with the universal need of being accepted without judgement. This is a relational and therapeutic relationship-focused approach. REBT focuses on the interaction of a client’s thoughts, emotions, and behaviors and how any of those factors can cause distress. As a therapist, I strive to provide clients with unconditional support as they process various thoughts, behaviors, and emotions.
MS in Mental Health Counseling (2021) - Minnesota State University, Mankato
BA in Psychology (2018) - Taylor University, IndianaExperience:
I have provided individual psychotherapy and in-home behavioral therapy at a community mental health center. I worked with clients ranging from 10-71 years old who had various mental health diagnoses. My time working at the community mental health center was during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, so I have experience working with some of the unique mental health challenges the pandemic has created. I have experience providing both in-person and online therapy. Additionally, I have a background of research related to both the psychology and social work fields, including time researching at the University of Oxford in England.Specialties:
- Adolescent and Adult Individual Therapy
- Person-Centered Therapy
- Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT)
- Adjustment and Life Transitions
- Life Stressors
- Adolescent and Young Adult Identity Issues
- Identity Concerns
- Grief and Loss
Tamer I. Fawzy, PhD, LP
I believe that people's concerns exist within the context of their overall life--not in an isolated vacuum of symptoms. I strive to follow an evidenced-based approach in conducting both therapy and assessments. My approach to therapy rests on the premise that personal values and goals are the best long-term drivers of our behaviors. I believe that feeling better is not always the same as getting better; that making meaningful, long-standing changes in one's life often requires some sacrifice in discomfort. Working with clients, through their own efforts and persistence, I strive to help them bring about real changes that affect the whole of their lives. In this regard, I view 'symptoms' or 'problematic behaviors' as one piece of information that exists in the context of one's history, relationships, values, and ambitions.Education:
Ph.D., University of Wyoming
M.A., University of Maine
B.A., University of St. Thomas
LP, MN & WI
I have two branches of my personal practice—assessment & treatment. For assessment: I specialize in the assessment of ADHD/ADD/Learning Disorders, Autism-Spectrum, and Differential Diagnosis (e.g., OCD vs GAD). For therapy, I specialize in the delivery of evidence-based therapies for a variety of presenting concerns. My primary expertise is in the treatment of anxiety and trauma, writ large. I have specific expertise in the treatment of OCD and post-partum OCD. I have extensive experience in the delivery of Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and exposure-based treatments of anxiety disorders and trauma. For mood disorders, my approach tends to rely on behavioral activation and cognitive restructuring. In addition to my experience treating mood/anxiety disorders in children and adults, I have two additional sub-specialties. I have a specialty in the treatment of pediatric and adolescent self-regulation disorders (e.g., ADHD/ ODD [Oppositional Defiant Disorder]).
Ramona Hemphill-Kent, MSW, LICSW
In my years as a therapist, I’ve learned one of the hardest and most difficult parts of the process, is getting the courage to finally reach out and ask for help. When you do, my job is to celebrate with you for making such an important choice to put yourself first, and then empower you to keep going.
I’m a huge believer that every client who walks into my office, is the absolute expert in their own lives. I’ll teach you what I know, and you’ll teach me what you know. I’m not there to provide all the answers, but I am there to walk with you while we figure it out together.
In my experience, I quickly learned that most individuals that step into a therapy room, have some sort of trauma that has impacted their life and has made it difficult to function the way they want to. Whether it be childhood trauma, a single incident that changed your life or perspective, or complex trauma that has continued throughout your life; it doesn’t have to prevent you from living your best story. I knew I wanted to be able to help those who have experienced trauma, because trauma impacts every single aspect of our lives; all the way down to our physical health.
I am most fond of Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) and have found that it’s my absolute passion to be able to provide this type of therapy to those who need it. Throughout working with me, you’ll learn how trauma impacts your brain, which in turn helps you better understand your body, and ultimately, you’ll feel empowered to be able to calm and ground your mind and your body together. I’ll combine EMDR with other modalities that focus on self-esteem, attachment, empowerment, self-regulation and cognitive coping, to help you develop an eclectic set of skills that serve you in all domains of your life.
Master’s of Social Work from Augsburg College
Bachelor’s of Social Work from the College of St. Scholastica
10+ years of experience in domestic/sexual violence and community mental healthSpecialties:
- Domestic/Sexual Violence
- Women’s Issues
- Stress Reduction, Mindfulness and Relaxation Training
- General mental health functioning
- Relationship Issues
- Children’s Mental Health/Behavioral Issues
- Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) - evidence based trauma therapy for children and adolescents age 3-18
- Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) - evidence based trauma therapy for adolescents and adults