Retha Millikan, M.S.; LMFT

LMFT #49184
Phone:  916-202-6506
Rates:  $115 per session, Sliding Fee Scale Upon Approval
Payments accepted by cash, check or charge
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Evening Appointments Evening & Weekend Appointments Upon Request

Child and Adolescent Counseling

Child TherapyStudies show that children with anxiety issues often become adults with anxiety, so early intervention is key. I see a variety of children and adolescents, helping them to process everything from childhood anxiety to the trauma of divorce, and behavioral issues. My office is complete with a child's area for sand tray, puppets, art supplies, games, and books.
Since parents are the experts on their own children, I like to have a session with them first, and then collaborate with any support such as a pediatrician or teacher when we agree it might be helpful. I can also offer co-parenting sessions to help parents navigate the challenges of raising well-adjusted kids while divorced.
A Few Words About Play Therapy

Children don't process things in the same way that adults do. Much of their learning, processing trauma, loss, and life transitions are accomplished through play. Just watch young children play, and you can tell what is going on in their lives or identify their stage of development.

I use a variety of methods and techniques to build relationship with a child, and to help them process the stresses of their young lives. Some of these techniques involve art therapy, sand tray, puppet therapy, games and bibliotherapy.

I also teach children some tools for self-soothing, coping with anxiety, and building self-esteem. One of the most important tools children learn is expansion of their "feelings vocabulary."

Additional Resources

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