Child and Teen Therapy

Bridgepointe Therapy offers individual and family therapy for children and adolescents in our Charleston, SC office. For information about therapy for children and teens who were adopted, visit Adoption Therapy.

Emily specializes in Grief Therapy for children and teens who have experienced a recent or past loss of a person, pet, move or other separation. Often, children and teens benefit from counseling to help them process their feelings and find strategies for coping. Children have the tendancy to blame themselves or not fully express their grief out of concern for upsetting a parent or others. Past losses can resurface as children experience another. Children also need to re-grieve earlier life losses as they grow and understand the loss at a deeper level intellectually and emotionally. Emily has experience working with children and teens who have lost a parent due to suicide, chronic illness, and accidents.

Anxiety is another area of specialization, whether it’s worrying about social situations, expecting the worst-case scenarios to happen, separation from a parent, perfectionistic traits, or insecurity in relationships. Emily utilizes evidenced-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to treat anxiety and depression.

Emily is trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), which is a successful treatment model for teens who experience mood instability and depression, suicidal ideation and self-harm. DBT is a skills-based treatment that focuses on developing mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation and interpersonal effectiveness strategies.

Contact Emily for a phone consultation to discuss your child or teen’s needs and to schedule an appointment.