Find the Right Fit!
Below you will find a variety of practitioners for children, adolescents, and parents. I recommend speaking with at least three practitioners in order to find the right fit for your needs.
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Finding the right support for your child depends on their life experience, onset of challenges, and nature of their struggles. Please explore the following information as a guide, and scroll down for recommended mental health care professionals and parent coaches.
Was your child born into the world emotionally and/or physically intense? Are they constantly on the move or running in to things? Do they seem clumsy, or avoid certain textures or foods? If any of this sounds familiar, your child will likely benefit most from an Occupational Therapist (OT) evaluation and treatment for sensory system / reflex integration therapy. I recommend contacting We Play Atlanta.
Does your child struggles with receptive or expressive language, social or cognitive communication, or producing speech sounds? If so, they will likely benefit most from working with a Speech and Language Pathologist (SLP). I recommend contacting Anita Bullock-Morley & Associates for an evaluation. Anita also provides parent coaching!
If your child has a sudden onset of emotional and physical intensity following a tick bite or strep throat they are best served by a professional who specializes in PANS/PANDAS and/or who is Lyme Literate. I recommend contacting Dr. Eric Frier for treatment or a referral.
If your child struggles with school refusal, homework, motivation, or friendships, but does not have any of the above challenges, I recommend reaching out to a neurodivergent affirming psychologist for a full psychoeducational evaluation, such Dr. Paul Cohen. Children who are gifted, have learning differences, or are neurodivergent need and deserve more support than schools typically offer students.
Children who are struggling emotionally or behaviorally, or who experienced medical trauma, abuse, or witness to violence, are best served through a play therapist. Play is a child's language, and through play they are able to work through the experience and reconsolidate the memory.
Teens and preteens need a therapist who is able to see, hear and believe their experience, and who is aligned with the neurobiological approach to trauma-healing and/or empowering, using talk therapy, art, sandtray, co-regulation and relational safety, and therapeutic movement.
Child & Adolescent Therapists
Children and adolescents need a therapist who understands child development, neurodiversity, how they experience the world, and the importance of their sense of belonging and significance. Below you will find therapists who understand the the role of somatic experiencing, play, art, and connection in a therapeutic relationship that allows children to grow and heal.
Janie helps adolescents and adults navigate stress, grief, and life transitions using a nonjudgmental, research-informed approach to healing. Her work is rooted in humanistic, Attachment Theory and Interpersonal Neurobiology, influenced by "third wave" CBTs like MBCT and DBT, creatively-guided by a love of philosophy, the arts, humor, and play.
Lauren uses a collaborative approach to help adolescents and adults understand their struggles and develop coping skills to manage strong emotions. She utilizes evidence-based approaches to treat anxiety, depression, trauma, and overwhelm, including talk therapy, Somatic and Attachment Focused EMDR and Hypnotherapy.
Summit's Edge is a counseling center comprised of a diverse group of therapist offering specialties ranging from individual and marriage counseling, to adolescent DBT Skills Groups and LGBTQI Support Groups.
Wellspring Counseling is a collection of professional counselors and change makers who value diversity, authenticity, and safe space. They work with children, adolescents, adults, and couples, and specialize in various therapeutic modalities. Their uniting style is a positive and accepting attitude towards sexuality and gender.
Parenting is hard because nurting the growing needs of young people is physically and emotionally demanding. You may also notice that becoming a parent revealed to you the areas in your that need your attention and care. Sometimes parents need a therapist, and other times they need a parent coach.
Parent-focused counseling centers around exploring healing triggers that get in the way of your long-term parenting goals. The Reconnect group is for moms who are looking ready to explore their shadow side and heal their triggers in a supportive hypnotherapy group.
Parent Coaching helps you understand your child's needs and skills, develop your long-term parenting goals, and use your goals to guide the way you teach and connect with your unique children. Check out my parent coaching cohort services. You can also find my parent coach referrals below, as well as other communities and resources.
Trina Greene Brown
Parenting for Liberation
A virtual community that connects, inspires, and uplifts Black folks as they navigate and negotiate raising Black children within the social and political context of the US.