It might be hard to imagine what mental health concerns may look like for your toddler or preschooler. However, it is important to realize that children experience the same emotions as adults do. They experience happiness, sadness, anger, fear, loneliness and embarrassment, however, they do not always know how to express these feelings in appropriate […]
About Rebecca Kieffer
Rebecca Kieffer, LCSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with more than 16 years experience working with children, adolescents and their families. She is bi-lingual in Spanish and received her Masters in Social Work with a concentration in Children and Families from the University of Illinois. Rebecca specializes in treating children and adolescents who have faced trauma, abuse, loss and multiple transitions. She has extensive experience in treating children and adolescents with developmental disabilities, behavioral challenges, depression, anxiety, ADHD, adjustment difficulties and attachment disorders within daycares, medical treatment facilities and community mental health centers.
Rebecca utilizes a holistic and strength based approach to working with children and their families. She incorporates a variety of therapeutic techniques from Family Systems Therapy, Developmental Therapy, Attachment Therapy, and Love and Logic into her sessions in order to facilitate growth and healing. Rebecca believes in utilizing a collaborative approach with parents, caregivers, medical providers, and extended support systems to help children to heal and to cope more effectively with the challenges that they are confronting on a daily basis.
There are so many books available today that talk about anxiety and children that it can be difficult to decipher which book will best meet your child’s needs as well as your needs as a parent. I often recommend the following books for children and their parents when I am treating child with severe anxiety. […]
Free-time is a good thing. Parents spend a lot of time encouraging their children to participate in recreational activities during the school year. There is nothing wrong with having your child participate in different activities and helping them to figure out what they are passionate about; however, over-scheduling your child with too many activities can often lead to […]
A child’s self-esteem is very important as it helps with his daily successes. If a child is able to start off the day with a positive outlook then the child will be able to follow directions in class and become a better learner. A child can build self-esteem by forming and maintaining positive relationships with […]
Parents have a hard time saying no to their children because they want their child to be happy and to have positive experiences. They are concerned that if they say no, it will lead to unhappiness, defiance, a lack of creativity and a decreased sense of self-esteem in their child. Today, more than ever, it […]
Children can encounter many different types of anxieties and fears as they go through early childhood. Separation anxiety is one of these types of fears. As children enter into preschool and begin the transition into kindergarten, they may begin to have fears about growing up, being away from their parents and losing […]
One night you are leaving to take your 4 year old to the store and as the door closes, you hear your four year old scream, “Wait! Don’t close the door on Emily!” You do not see anyone else close to you and as you look into your daughters eyes, you realize for the first […]