Child & Family Counseling Washington DC
- Does your child have ADD or ADHD?
- Does your child’s anxiety get in the way of school performance and social relationships?
- Is your teen angry, distant or depressed?
- As a parent, do you sometimes feel at your wit’s end?
We can help.
Kathy Richardson, LICSW, has been providing child and family therapy for more than 30 years. She has helped hundreds of children and their families regain control of their lives.
Mrs. Richardson’s areas of specialty are anxiety, worries or fears, school phobia; ADD and ADHD; peer problems and difficulties making friends. She works with children 3 to 11 years old.
After making a thorough assessment of the child, which involves active participation from the parents, Mrs. Richardson develops a treatment plan that involves either play therapy or cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for the child and concrete strategies and guidance for the parents.
The use of play therapy can be particularly effective, especially for younger children, as it often enables the child to develop a greater understanding of feelings, enhance problem-solving skills and work through conflicts – all while the child is enjoying playing a board game or with toys.
Mrs. Richardson uses CBT to identify triggers of anxiety and develop effective coping skills. CBT focuses on the relationship between our thoughts and our resulting emotions and behaviors. So, changing the way that a child thinks about an event can have a significant impact on the way he or she then feels and behaves.
In addition, Mrs. Richardson offers a 5-week parenting group aimed at providing parents with effective techniques and skills that help maintain the child’s progress.
Mrs. Richardson offers afternoon and evening appointments.