Helping on the path towards personal growth
OC Counseling for Children and Teens
Services for Teens (13-18)

My approach in working with teens  involves exploring their thoughts, feelings, and experience.  Teens can learn that they have the ability to make positive choices that will help them to work through challenges in life, and that they have the inner strength to move in a positive direction as they become young adults in a world full of possibilities and opportunities.  To learn more about how I work with teens click here.

Talk Therapy
Coping Skills
• Conflict Resolution Skills
• Trauma Focused CBT (TF-CBT)​

Trauma and Grief 

Recovering from a traumatic event can help prevent or reduce the odds of children developing future emotional and mental health problems. Kids may not grieve the same way as adults do, and at times loss can be traumatic. Some children and teens may have lost someone they loved many years ago, and are just starting to cope with not having a parent, sibling, or grandparent as they move into a new stage in their life.

Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) 

TF-CBT is an approach in which a therapist works with a child or teen in learning skills to help process and manage the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors related to the traumatic event that occurred. This approach includes working with the parent in developing family communication and support.  For younger children this can include using play, art, and storytelling in which a child can process and express their thoughts and feelings while building their self-esteem and ability to cope.

Anxiety and Depression

Sometimes children and teens are diagnosed with both depression and an anxiety disorder. Anxiety is a normal part of childhood, and most kids goes through phases, which are usually harmless and temporary. Kids who struggle with an anxiety disorder experience fear, nervousness, and shyness, and symptoms affect them to the point where they begin to avoid activities and places.

​​Sometimes kids feel like they don’t fit, and at times they feel like an outcast when all they want is to fit in, be like everyone else, and have friends. Having friends and feeling good about themselves gives them a sense of acceptance and belonging. Young adults can even feel this same way occasionally when they feel alone in a room full of people.

Children with depression or anxiety may display any of these symptoms:

• Depressed, angry, or irritable mood
• A change in eating or sleeping.
• Feeling worthless or restless
• Frequent sadness or crying
• Withdrawing from friends and favorite activities
• Change in grades, getting into trouble at school, or refusing to go to school
Low self-esteem
• Thoughts of death or suicide

“A child seldom needs a good talking to a much as a good listening to.” ~Robert Brault
Joshua Soto, Marriage and Family Therapist Intern
Supervised and Employed by Dr. Renee Miller, PsyD, MFC 43207 Inc.
18021 Sky Park Circle, Suite E2
Irvine, Ca 92614
(714) 422-0396

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Services for Pre-teens (10 to 12)

My training and experience, and continuous efforts to keep current in my understanding of the issues children and pre-teens face today, helps me to connect with them and help them through some hard parts of their childhood where many kids can feel stuck or lost. I work with parents to help them understand what their child’s experiencing so that they will know how to speak to their children or pre-teens/tweens, and be able to listen so that their kids will open up and communicate more. To learn more about how I work with children and preteens/tweens click here.

​• Talk and Play Therapy
• Social Skills Education
• Problem Solving
• Trauma Focused Play Therapy​
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