specializing in helping with

Depression & Anxiety in Children

Children and adolescents can suffer from depression, impacting their functioning at school, home or community. Typical signs of depression in children or teens include irritability, inappropriate guilt, feelings of worthlessness, isolation and what some refer to “doom and gloom” thinking. In severe cases, thoughts of death or suicide, and/or self-harm behaviors are also present.

Depression is very much a treatable disorder. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is the treatment of choice for depression which involves goal and activity setting to focus on pleasurable activities, identifying, labeling and understanding negative thoughts and challenging emotions, and developing a strong relationship with their ‘wise mind’ to help them with more balanced statements and healthy coping. When suicidal thoughts or self-harm are present, I combine CBT with a strict safety protocol to include skills coaching and coping.

About the Provider

Sofia Mendoza, LCSW


I’m passionate about helping individuals through their challenges, childhood memories, trauma, parenting and life transitions. I use a combination of strength-based, behavioral, and cognitive interventions to help clients become present, focused and skillful — all in an effort to train them to become their own therapists while developing a life worth living.

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Psychosocial Assessments and FMLA Evaluations

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Life Transitions

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