Dr. Neisha Hootman

Helping children,

Helping Families

 
 
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Children

You feel like your kid is missing childhood. Weighed down by sadness or worries, this child struggles to do life. Maybe it gets expressed in angry outbursts or problems at school, or maybe you are the only one who sees what is going on. As a parent, you long to see a carefree, genuine smile on that face, but those have become rare and fleeting. You aren’t sure what your child needs or where to turn to for help. But you know things need to change. Contact me.

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Adolescents

You know the teen years are often tough, but your adolescent’s moods and struggles have gotten out of hand. Emotional distance may have turned into isolation and trying to talk about the problem gets you nowhere. The down parts of the usual ups and downs are all out of proportion. You hope this will pass, but as the months go by, you worry about how it will turn out. You want to give your teen the best shot at a healthy transition to adulthood, but you need someone else to join this effort. It can’t be just you. Contact me.

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Parents

You’re tired. Dealing with your child’s problems, along with the rest of life’s demands, has left you drained and discouraged. You have poured into everyone else in the family, and there is not enough of you left. You know you need to be at your best to help your child through this time, but you feel like you have lost the strength and confidence to lead the battle you are fighting. You need some support and direction from someone who understands what you are facing. After all, you know the flight attendants have it right: put on your own oxygen mask first. Otherwise, your family will pay the price. Contact me.

 

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Families

You see the way problems in your family spread. Emotional struggles in one family member can seem like a virus that gets passed around. Other family members catch the same thing, some get a different version, and some get worn out providing the care needed. Sometimes resentment forms in siblings or parents who live day in and day out with one child’s troubles. Ways of responding form that make the problem worse or keep it going. Pretty soon, everyone in the family is fighting a battle, and you’re not sure they are even on the same side. You need a new strategy. Contact me.