Welcome to Growth Therapy, your premier resource for child and adolescent counseling. You are the expert about your child, and no one knows your child’s unique strengths and weaknesses better than you. Children demonstrate behaviors for a variety of different reasons, some of which are completely normal and some which may be concerning. If you are concerned about your child’s behavior you are right to look for more information. Together, you and I can work to help your child improve socially, academically and emotionally. Please browse my website for more information or click the button above to schedule an appointment.
Growth Therapy is a part of Athens Center for Counseling and Play Therapy. In 2015 Leigh Ellen and Leslie Schwartz formed Athens Center for Counseling and Play Therapy as a physical space for therapists who want to focus on working with children and families. As far as we know, it's the only therapy practice in town that was created for, and caters to, families and kids.
Over the last 14+ years as a child therapist, I have learned a lot about what children's behaviors can tell us about them. I have worked with children and families struggling with anxiety, family changes like divorce and remarriage, the aftermath of crime victimization, and challenging behaviors at home and school. In working with these children and their families, I've come to realize that the real agents of change are usually the parents. I can provide tools and strategies for use at home, but the reality is kids are only with me for an hour at a time, and their parents and caregivers have a much wider influence on them. When I can brainstorm with or empower parents, I'm maximizing the benefits of therapy outside the walls of my office and into your home, car, and school. Because of my experience seeing what has been most successful, I invite parents to be a big part of the therapy process. Sometimes that means working primarily with parents, other times it means working with the child and the parent(s) together, at other times it may mean alternating appointments for the child and the parent(s). No matter what we decide is the best fit for your family, you are invited to play an active role in your child's therapy. We will work together to maintain your child's confidentiality while also keeping you informed on how they are doing.