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Robin L. Turner-Viviano, MS, LCPC

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

How Can Counseling Help Your Child?

Whether your child just needs a little help through a rough transition in life or is in need of more intensive treatment to address major obstacles, therapy can provide a safe, supportive environment to create the change necessary for you to live a happier life.......

A life with less stress and more joy !!

Parenting can be the most difficult job in the world. All of the happy, joyful feelings we experience as parents can often be overshadowed by the stress and anxiety of parenting, especially if you have a child experiencing behavioral or emotional challenges. Parenting can be exhausting, even heartbreaking at times. Counseling can change that daily struggle. Life does not have to be this hard, for you or your child. As a parent, you can become empowered with strategies and skills to effectively handle your child's difficulties. Just as important, you will receive the caring support and advocacy that you need to get you through this trying stage in life.

I have extensive experience working with children and adolescents. I have worked as a Clinical Therapist /Clinical Director in community mental health settings, treatment facilities, foster care agencies, juvenile detention centers, and in the public school system. I have specialized in the following areas:

  • Behavior problems, including ADHD, Defiance, Truancy, School Refusal, and Adolescent Substance Use.
  • Emotional Difficulties and Mood Disorders, Including Depression / Bipolar Depression and Explosive Behavior.
  • Adjustment Issues, Divorce, Abuse, and Trauma 
  • Anxiety Issues in Children from daily stress to Panic Attacks and Phobias
  • Body Image and Eating Disorders
  • Academic Problems and other School Difficulties including Bullying
  • I have knowledge of Learning Disabilities and how they effect behavior and emotions. I have worked in and with the school system to develop and administer IEP's. I can travel to schools to provide support and advocacy for you and your child. I am able to coordinate services with schools or other healthcare professionals.
  • ​I have experience in Adoption Preservation and addressing issues that arise in Foster Care. I have experience coordinating services with other child advocacy agencies.
  • I provide Young Adult Counseling for College Students adjusting to the transition into college life, in need of support to handle college expectations. I can provide guidance in academic planning and career choices. 

My treatment philosophies are solution-focused. Your child's treatment plan will be customized to meet your current goals and expectations. I will work together with you to get the results that you want. Here are some of the strategies we can use to help you meet your needs:

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy has been clinically proven to be very effective with children/adolescents with behavior challenges such as ADHD or Oppositional Defiant Disorder as well as emotional difficulties such as depression, anxiety, phobias and anger. CBT teaches children the connection between their thoughts, feelings and behaviors. Children learn that they are capable of choosing positive and appropriate thoughts and behaviors. They are empowered to regulate their own emotional reactions, develop impulse control and improve their behaviors.

Play Therapy and Art Therapy are fun ways for your child to express themselves. They are allowed to choose their own method of communication. These therapies work especially well for very young children, as young as 3, who are not able to communicate well or even those who choose not to.