Offices in Garden City and Rockville Centre
(516) 732-0273
Offices in Garden City and Rockville Centre

Child Therapy on Long Island

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Children and their problems and worries are often dismissed by adults as simple or easily resolved.

This does children a disservice, however, as their inner lives and feelings can be just as complex as an adult’s. It’s simply a difference in language that makes it more difficult for children to communicate the extent of their challenges.

Children often do not have the vocabulary or life experience to explain themselves with words alone. But trained child therapists, like those at Long Island Psychology, use special techniques to help children verbalize and feel more comfortable accurately describing their feelings.


We Are

Dr. Marc Shulman and Dr. Atara Wertentheil are child psychologists on Long Island with experience working with children both individually and as part of family therapy sessions. They have two offices available for convenience, with one in Garden City and one in Rockville Centre, NY. We also offer remote therapy service that opens the door for mental health treatment throughout NY state

Their approach to psychotherapy and their commitment to you and your child’s wellbeing makes it possible to work with your child and make sure that they are both developing properly and staying happy and healthy in the relationship. Learn more about our services at (516) 732-0273.


We Offer

The psychologists at Long Island Psychology use several strategies to help children feel comfortable and confident verbalizing their thoughts or challenges. Each type of therapy or treatment is chosen based on what your child appears to be struggling with. One such method is play therapy, which only some Long Island child psychologists can perform.

Play therapy makes use of the “language” that children most often communicate their thoughts and feelings: play. Psychologists have recognized that “child’s play” is more than a fun game. It is actually the primary way that younger children, three to 11 years old, express themselves, relax their stresses, work out their problems, and explore the world around them.

What Mental Health Concerns

Child Therapy Addresses

Often when a child is going through something particularly stressful, upsetting, or confusing to them, they work through that problem through behavior that others may find worrisome.

When asked what’s wrong or why they’re doing what they’re doing, the child will often have no explanation, or seem as confused about their actions as the adult questioning them.

If a child is experiencing or may be experiencing any of the following difficulties, they may benefit from child therapy:

  • Anger Management
  • Grief and Loss
  • Natural Disasters
  • Verbal, Physical, or Sexual Abuse
  • Relocation
  • Divorce and Abandonment
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Autism
  • Academic and Social Developmental Disorders
  • Physical and Learning Disabilities

These children often try to figure out ways to cope with these challenges on their own, but their solutions may not be ideal for their environment or long term mental health. Acting out at home, school, or with friends could be evidence that the child may have ineffective strategies for dealing with the strong emotions that these experiences have caused.

In a pediatric therapy session, the play allows the child to relax enough to better work through their thoughts and feelings – putting them in an environment where they are settled and comfortable.

Get Started With Child Therapy

Therapy for children can be one of the most effective available treatments for childhood stressors. If your child seems to have trouble expressing their emotions or has undergone a difficult life event, contact Long Island Psychology about our therapy options.

With offices in Garden City and Rockville Centre, NY, we’re here to make sure that your child has a therapist that knows exactly how to work with them. If you’ve thought about a child psychologist, or you’d like to learn more about what our therapy sessions are like, please feel free and give us a call today or fill out the form on the right to learn more.

Frequently Asked Questions

About Child Therapy

My child seems to have trouble socially. Can you help?

Some children are different than others. Your child may simply be more introverted than you expected. But we do offer assessments for children that may struggle with learning issues, autism, or anxieties that may affect them socially. We’re happy to talk to you and your child about your concerns and see if we can help.

Will you keep me up to date on what my child says?

Usually, yes. As their caregiver, we know how important it is for you to stay informed of your child’s mental health. However, there may be situations when we feel like your child’s privacy is important. We’ll always make sure to let you know about anything concerning, as well as what you can do to help your child.

I’m worried my troubles with my partner are affecting my child.

It is normal to be concerned that trouble in a marriage/relationship may have an effect on the child. The only way to know is to talk to the child. We also have couples counseling that we can provide if you’d like to learn more about co-parenting or improve the communication between you two. We can find ways to integrate that counseling with the needs of your child as well.

Contact Long Island Psychology Today

If you have any questions about individual, group, or couples therapy (marriage counseling) or about working with a psychologist/therapist please do not hesitate to call.

With offices in Garden City and Rockville Centre, NY, we’re available for anyone that needs help on Long Island and in Nassau County.


(516) 732-0273

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