Anxiety and depression are on the rise in children and teens. It is estimated that 20 million children have a diagnosable mental health disorder. As many as 1 in 5 U.S. children ages 3–17 has a mental, emotional, behavioral, or developmental disorder.
According to the 2021 survey data, 13.84% of teens have had at least one major depressive episode in 2021, which is an increase of 260,000 cases from the previous year. And according to the National Instutues of Health, nearly 1 in 3 of all adolescents ages 13-18 will experience an anxiety disorder. Suicide is the second leading cause of death in adolescents, ages 15-19*.
It is so important that children and adolescents get the mental heath support and treatment that they need.
Using a trauma-informed approach, I work with children and teens with anxiety, depression, and/or behavioral issues. I use a prescriptive combination of EMDR, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, and Play Therapy.
Telehealth with Kids and Teens
After working in-person with children and teens for decades, I thought, "there was no way this can be done online." Wow, was I wrong!
Sure, there is definite benefit to in-person sessions, but here are some excellent benefits I have found of telehealth:
Ease of scheduling. You do not need to cart your child to yet another place.
Comfort of home. Kids can snuggle with their favorite stuffed (or real!) animal, wrap themselves in their favorite blankets, show me their favorite toys, and grab a snack whenever they need it.
Meeting the child/teen on their turf. There is some safety there as a client. It also helps in my work with families when I get to actually see the client in their own environment.
Awesome tele-play therapy tools. There are so many resources to make meeting online fun and engaging!
I am a big proponent of real-life play, being outdoors in nature, and keeping screen times within certain limits. That being said, I have found telehealth with kids and teens to work very well.
*If you or your child are currently having a mental health crisis or suicidal thoughts, please text or call 988.