Child and Adolescent Therapy

At Summit Ridge Counseling Group, we specialize in helping kids and teens effectively deal with a wide array of mental health and behavioral concerns. Most of the kids in our care seek therapy for anxiety, depression, ADHD, and oppositional and defiant behavior.

For anxiety—we have a lot of experience working with very academically gifted kids. We find that very smart kids, especially those in the gifted program, are especially vulnerable to anxiety disorders because they are constantly dealing with the pressure to perform.

If your child is struggling with anxiety, we can help them develop positive coping mechanisms, so they can effectively deal with the things that make them feel stressed and anxious.

For depression—most of the kids we work with are simply overwhelmed by life in some way, shape, or form. While it will look different for every child, for many of them, their depression has been happening long enough that it prevents them from enjoying the activities they used to enjoy. They stop socializing with friends; they stop talking to family at the dinner table; they even stop playing video games.

If your child is struggling with depression, we use select therapeutic interventions to help them tap into their internal strength and resilience, so they can rise above difficult emotions.

For ADHD—contrary to popular belief, not every kid with ADHD is hyperactive. Some are super inattentive, while others are ultra impulsive. Regardless of how it manifests, ADHD often causes kids to perform poorly in school.

If your child is struggling with ADHD, chances are they have emotions that are just bigger than they’re able to cope with, so we help them develop behavior techniques and self-management skills that would empower them to do so.

For oppositional and defiant behavior—our experience tells us that there’s no such thing as a bad kid. So if your child appears to be a little too oppositional and a little too defiant, chances are they’re dealing with really tough stuff, and they don’t know what to do about it.

If your child is showing signs of oppositional and defiant behavior, we utilize solution-focused work to help them understand how their behavior—both positive and negative—can impact their future.

We believe that the best way to help your child overcome their emotional obstacles and behavioral difficulties is to help them grow into braver and more empowered individuals who are equipped to overcome their challenges in life.

Most of the work we do with kids and teens is to empower them to be more successful both at home, in the classroom, and in their social interactions. We help our kids learn that it’s perfectly okay to struggle because even adults do. But our biggest hope and goal for all our kids is to help them realize that it’s okay to ask for help when they need it.

“The best we can hope for in our kids is to teach them to ask for help when they need it.”