Mary Ellen West, LCSW

private practice therapist specializing in counseling for children and adolescents

Being a kid today is not always easy.

Parenting can be difficult. 

Sometimes we need a fresh perspective and new tools to help us cope with life’s challenges and difficulties. I collaborate with children and their families to find solutions, uncover capabilities and improve relationships.  I provide a safe and comfortable space for children and teens to express themselves, discover their unique character strengths and become strong on the inside.  I work with parents to define a clear and effective parenting strategy that will nurture their child's success. 


Each family and situation is unique.  Starting with the initial interview, I will get to know your family, and tailor a plan for moving forward to meet your goals. I incorporate different treatment approaches and resources to best suit the needs of each child and family.    

Examples of issues we may work on include:

  • Behavioral Issues 
  • Relationship Difficulties with Family and/or Peers
  • Grief and Loss
  • Traumatic Experiences 
  • Anxiety and Worries
  • Depression
  • School Problems
  • Life Changes and Family Transitions
  • Coping Skills
  • Self Esteem
  • Stress Management and Relaxation Strategies
  • Social Skills
  • Parenting Skills and Tools 

The following services are offered for children, adolescents, and their families*:

Individual Therapy:  This is one-on-one time with your child.  For all ages, I integrate play, activities, and creative arts into sessions as appropriate.  Younger children often best express themselves through play-based activities.  I may serve as a compassionate listener and sounding board to help my older clients navigate adolescence with authenticity and integrity. Depending on the issue being addressed, sessions may incorporate play therapy, psychoeducation, skills training, cognitive-behavioral therapy and solution-focused brief therapy.

Family Therapy: This may be any combination of parents, children and siblings together in the room.  Areas of focus for family sessions include improving communication, strengthening relationships, recognizing successes and consolidating gains.

Parent Education, Training and Coaching: Many families start here. I work with parents to define and implement strategies and techniques to support your child’s therapeutic goals and nurture success at home.  We'll work together to sharpen skills  that will be the right  fit for your child.       


 *I do not provide legal or custody services and evaluations. 


To schedule a free 20-minute phone consultation, call (512) 201-2995 or email today.