Child and behavioral counseling

What is child and adolescent behavioral counseling?

Child or adolescent counseling is counseling with children under the age of 18 years old. The focus can be on the child receiving counseling with input from the parents or the family as a whole. Often children can be going through some challenging issues, but are hesitant to speak with their parents, as their emotions can seem confusing. Adolescents especially face a lot of challenges with social media, academics and relationships. Our counselors provide a neutral, compassionate avenue for your child to open up and discuss their emotions.

Treatment approach for family counseling

Often children and adolescents have difficulty communicating their emotions. Counseling with kids consists of helping them identify these uncomfortable feelings and open up about their problems. Therapists create an environment in which the child or adolescent can play with toys, sand trays and create music while talking which helps the emotion of what they are discussing decrease. This is often referred to as Play Therapy. This allows the counselor to address this emotion or problem and create positive coping skills.

We feel parents are an important part of counseling for a child and that the parent-child relationship is important toward growth. Our counselors will speak with parents to gain their perspective of the issues in the first session and provide updated progress related to their child.

Our counselors can accommodate sessions between the parents and child, the child by themselves, or the parent by themselves. In the first session the therapist will work with you on what types of sessions will be needed and what you can expect as you continue sessions for your child. At any point if a parent feels they need to discuss something with the child’s counselor they can securely message them through the patient portal or ask for some time during session.

When in session with the child we like to keep sessions private for that child. This helps create a therapeutic relationship and provide an avenue for discussion. If there is an issue that concerns us, we will discuss with the child the importance of parent involvement and help facilitate a discussion.

Benefits of therapy for family counseling

  • Improved communication skills
  • Conflict resolution
  • New perspective
  • Improved relationships
  • Positive behaviors

Here are some thoughts our counselors have on children in counseling.

Written by Kyle Dickerson, LMFT

I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who brings an in-depth approach to working with families. I have worked in both private and non-profit sectors and am excited to be joining the Gibson Counseling team. In my career I have found that one fundamental principal is key to building trusting relationships and moving forward: be yourself. Life is complicated enough and counseling shouldn’t add anxiety for you or your family.

 

Child and adolescent behavioral Therapists at Gibson Counseling

Alyssandra Livingston-Shelburne, LPC, RPT

Alyssandra Livingston-Shelburne, LPC, RPT

Aly's Availability / New Client Registration Read more about AlyssandraAly's Patient PortalAly's Video Therapy Sessions

Location: South Round Rock

Insurances Accepted:  Aetna (NO AETNA EAP), Beacon Options, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna (NO CIGNA EAP), Humana, Tricare, Multiplan/PHCS, Sendero, United Health Care (UMR, Oscar, Optum, Allsavers)NO Optum EAP

Accepting New Clients :NO

Expertise: Kids (5 yrs and older) and Individual adults (no couples)

Amanda Durst, LPC

Amanda Durst, LPC

Amanda's Availability / New Client RegsitrationRead more about AmandaAmanda's Patient PortalAmanda's Video Therapy Sessions

Location:Cedar Park

Insurances Accepted: Aetna (NO AETNA EAP), Blue Cross Blue Shield, Beacon Options, United Health Care (UMR, OPtum, Oscar, Allsavers)NO OptumEAP, Humana, Multiplan/PHCS, Sendero, Tricare

Accepting New Clients: NO     (DOES NOT SEE TEENAGE BOYS)

Expertise:Kids (5 yr and up), Female Adults and Couples (DOES NOT SEE TEENAGE BOYS)

Amber Clemens, LMFT

Amber Clemens, LMFT

Amber's Availability / New Client Registration Read more about AmberAmber's Patient Portal

Video Sessions are through a zoom invite that you will receive from your therapist.

Location: South Round Rock

Evaluations Offered: Drug and alcohol evaluations, substance abuse

Insurances Accepted:  Aetna (NO AETNA EAP), Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna (NO CIGNA EAP) Beacon,Humana, Multiplan/PHCS, Sendero, Tricare, United Health Care (UMR, Oscar, Optum, Allsavers)NO Optum EAP

Accepting New Clients: NO (Video only through Zoom invite)   Daytime availability only

Expertise: Kids (14 yrs and older), Adults and Couples

Kyle Dickerson, LMFT

Kyle Dickerson, LMFT

Kyle's Availability / New Client Registration Read more about KyleKyle's Patient PortalKyle's Video Therapy Sessions

Location: North Round Rock, Video Therapy for residents in Texas and California

Insurances Accepted: Aetna (NO AETNA EAP), Blue Cross Blue Shield, Multiplan/PHCS, Tricare,  Humana, United Health Care (UMR, Optum, Oscar, Allsavers) NO Optum EAP, Sendero

Accepting New Clients: NO    (Video and in office)

Expertise:  Kids (10 yrs and older), Adults and Couples

Assessments:

  • Anxiety and Panic attacks
  • PTSD and Trauma
  • Depression
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Schizophrenia and Psychosis
  • Bipolar
  • Eating Disorders
  • Addiction (e.g. porn, internet, eating ,etc)
Sheryl Stiffler, LMFT

Sheryl Stiffler, LMFT

Sheryl's Availability / New Client RegsitrationRead more about SherylSheryl's Patient PortalSheryls Video Therapy Sessions

Location: Cedar Park

Insurances Accepted:  Aetna (NO AETNA EAP), BCBS, Beacon, Humana, Multiplan/PHCS, Sendero, Tricare, United Health Care (UMR, Oscar, Optum, Allsavers)NO Optum EAP

Accepting New Clients:   NO  (video and in person)​

Expertise: Kids (6 yr and up), Adults and Couples

Whitney Briggs, LPC

Whitney Briggs, LPC

Whitney's Availability / New Client RegsitrationRead more about WhitneyWhitney's Patient Portal

Location: North Round Rock, Video Therapy for residents in Texas and Colorado

Insurances Accepted: Aetna (NO AETNA EAP), Beacon Options, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna (NO CIGNA EAP), Humana, Multiplan/PHCS,  Sendero, Tricare,   United Health Care (UMR, Optum, Oscar, Allsavers) NO Optum EAP

Accepting New Clients:  NO   (video and in person)

Expertise: Kids (13 yrs and older), Adults and Couples

Sally Guerra, LPC

Sally Guerra, LPC

Sally's Availability / New Client Regsitration Read more about SallySally's Patient PortalSally's Video Therapy Sessions

Location: Cedar Park

Insurances Accepted:  Aetna (NO AETNA EAP),  Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna (NO CIGNA EAP), Humana, Multiplan/PHCS, Sendero, Tricare,  United Health Care (UMR, Oscar, Optum, Allsavers)NO Optum EAP

Evaluations Offered: ADD, ADHD, Mood Disorders, Anger Issues and PTSD

Accepting New Clients:    YES  (VIDEO ONLY)

Video only  (Children age 12 and up)

Expertise: Kids (5yr and up), Adults and Couples

Paulina Pina, LPC

Paulina Pina, LPC

Paulina's Availability / New Client Regsitration Read more about PaulinaPaulina's Patient PortalPaulina's Video Therapy Sessions

Location: North Round Rock

Insurances Accepted: Aetna (NO AETNA EAP), Beacon Options, Blue Cross Blue Shield,  Cigna (NO CIGNA EAP), Humana, Multiplan/PHCS, Sendero, Tricare,  United Health Care (UMR, Optum, Oscar, Allsavers)NO Optum EAP

Accepting New Clients: No

Expertise:Kids (8 yrs and older), Adults and Couples

Christina Glaze, LCSW

Christina Glaze, LCSW

Christina's Availability / New Client RegistrationRead more about ChristinaChristina's Patient PortalChristina's Video Therapy Sessions

Location: Cedar Park

Insurances Accepted:  Aetna (NO AETNA EAP), BCBS,  Beacon Options, Cigna (NO CIGNA EAP), Multiplan/PHCS, Humana, Sendero,  United Health Care (UMR, Oscar, Optum, Allsavers)NO Optum EAP

Accepting New Clients:  NO (video and in person)

Expertise: Kids (10 yr and up), Adults and Couples

Robert Gallegos, LPC-S

Robert Gallegos, LPC-S

Roberts's Availability / New Client Registration Read more about RobertRobert's Patient PortalRobert's Video Therapy Sessions​​

Location: South Round Rock

Evaluations Offered: 

Insurances Accepted:   Aetna, (NO AETNA EAP), Cigna (NO CIGNA EAP), Blue Cross Blue Shield, Humana, Multiplan/PHCS, Sendero,  United Health Care (UMR, Optum, Oscar, Allsavers)NO Optum EAP

Accepting New Clients: No (No couples)

Expertise: Kids (15 yrs and older), Adults  (No Couples)

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