Children & Adolescents

Childhood and adolescence are the ages of greatest physical as well as emotional development, in the most literal sense.  Much brain development is occurring during this time, therefore intervening earlier has the greatest impact.

Children and adolescents are influenced greatly by their environments, therefore I often invite family members to join sessions, with the permission of the young person.  It can be helpful for parents and caregivers to also gain insight into what may be occurring for the child. In my work I use age-appropriate approaches with the overall goal of promoting growth and healing in children.  I work to help children and teens to develop the skills to express themselves in a healthful manner, and help parents and youth better identify and manage their emotions.

If you are a new client, please complete my intake form before your first visit.

I also work with families and individuals.

Common Issues

What brings in young clients?

  • School or family-related difficulties
  • Social-skills
  • Sadness or depression
  • Trauma & post-traumatic stress (PTSD)
  • Loss & Grief
  • Low self-esteem
  • Emotional Expression
  • Parental separation or divorce


Helpful Links

For tips on how to support your kids with their worries about school, read Helping Kids With School Anxiety.

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2477 Washington Street, Ste 5
San Francisco, CA  94115

MichelePelnarChildren & Adolescents