How can I tell if my child needs outside help?

It is difficult for parents to make that call in seeking outside help for their child. Often we are faced with balancing the need to intervene on our child’s behalf while not communicating our worry or distress to our child. Here are some signs that indicate the need for further assessment:

  • Changes in mood, appetite, sleep, energy level, or behavior that interferes with daily activities.
  • Difficulty maintaining focus or attention in school; impulse control problems; hyperactivity.
  • Difficulty making or maintaining friendships.
  • Stressful or traumatic event.
  • Talk or expression of suicidal thoughts or feelings.
  • Anxiety that is not age appropriate or interferes with school or sleep. For example, your child frequently complains of stomachaches.
  • Your family may be experiencing a stressful or traumatic time. For example, grief/loss, divorce, family conflict, illness.

What services do you provide?

Do you accept insurance?

I do not bill insurance directly. I do provide the completed health claim form that you can submit for reimbursement to your insurance carrier. The majority of my clients file for reimbursement with their carriers at varying reimbursement rates.

What specific approach do you take in psychotherapy?

The answer depends on who is seeking psychotherapy. I take a holistic approach to working with kids and their problems—holding the wider view of child in context of their environment (family, school, community), while also addressing the individual’s experience in both mind (self, individual resilience, learning style) and body (physiology of attention problems or anxiety).

In other words…. What are the particular needs for this child? Are they unique to the child or held within the workings of the family? Are they developmentally based? That is, do they represent a difficulty within maturity (affect regulation, attention, attachment , social ) or the difficulties that result from coping with a stressor.

I think of each approach like a pattern on a quilt, the approach being laid upon a foundation of a strong working relationship—one with trust, confidence, and connection. Without those key fundamental elements, the utility of any approach is diminished.

This said, I am likely to use a cognitive-behavioral approach with someone struggling with depression or anxiety. I am likely to take a family systems approach when working with adolescents in conflict with their family/school/community. I approach attention deficit with a combination of neurofeedback, cognitive behavioral therapy, and organizational coaching.

What can my child and I expect when working with a therapist? What benefits can my child and I expect from working with a therapist?

Please visit our page on psychotherapy for a complete discussion of the therapy process, and learn more about Geoff Ochsner

What is neurofeedback? How is neurofeedback done? Who can benefit from neurofeedback?

Please visit our page on neurofeedback for a complete discussion of the neurofeedback process.

What is qEEG or brainmapping?

Please visit our page on qEEG for a complete discussion of the qEEG process.


I believe that the boundaries of the self reside in our thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and relationships with the world around us. Within the therapeutic relationship, distorted and maladaptive patterns of perceiving ourselves, the world around us, and our ability to move among this world can be identified and confronted. With mindful intent, we can choose new behaviors—new ways of interacting with our world. With practice of these new behaviors, we gradually change the way we receive and are received in the world. With time, these old, maladaptive ways of being fade as we continue on the new path.

Practice, Practice, Practice

New ways of being will mean lots of practice in developing new skills- whether they are social skills, skill in managing mood and behavior, skill in self soothing and de-stress, or skill in focus and attention. I play an active role in identifying skill needs and supporting kids.

Learn more about Geoff Ochsner or set up an appointment.