Dr. Cooper has worked with children, adolescents, and families for over twenty years. In addition to a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology, Dr. Cooper has a background in Special Education and Child Development. She has a comfort level and deep understanding of the complexities of every stage of childhood, including adolescence and young adulthood. As a parent of three children, Dr. Cooper is especially mindful of the role of mothers, fathers, and caregivers and has a particular focus on helping parents gain control over their children’s behaviors. Dr. Cooper strives to go “above and beyond” for her patients and guides her treatment by the particular needs of each family.
Trust is everything in treatment. Play, art, blocks, and games are all a part of establishing a relationship with a child. These activities often provide the safest context for self expression in childhood. Children like to feel accomplished and proud. Dr. Cooper helps children develop a “tool box” of skills to help children handle anxiety, fears, distraction, and sadness outside of the therapist’s office.
ADOLESCENTS AND YOUNG ADULTS:
The world has changed dramatically in the past two decades. The relationships of adolescents and young adults are complicated by social media. This generation of young adults is confronted with academic, social, and economic pressures that are unique and unprecedented. Dr. Cooper helps adolescents and young adults navigate the precarious transition from childhood to adulthood. She provides a safe haven for worrisome thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.
Dr. Cooper is also well versed in psychotherapy for adults. Individuals come for therapy for a variety of reasons including difficulty in relationships, depression, anxiety, and general dissatisfaction. Typically, Dr. Cooper sees adults once a week in a supportive and non-judgmental atmosphere where change and insight are encouraged.