Does your child struggle with school?
Is the thought of being in school causing so much anxiety that your child complains of nausea, headaches, or other physical symptoms?
Does your child act out in the classroom?
Are teachers calling your home on a regular basis to complain about your child's behavior in school?
Is your child targeted by bullies?
Does he or she have trouble making or keeping friends?
Is your child's struggle with academic work or social skills affecting his or her self-esteem?
Does low self-confidence hold your child back from seeking new relationships or meeting academic goals?
Is your child facing difficult life circumstances (loss of a loved one, parents’ separation, etc)?
Is depression or anxiety making it virtually impossible for your child to function in school?
Fortunately, therapy can help alleviate the suffering of your child/teen, provide support to your family, and facilitate growth and development. Therapy can help your child to:
"Seeing Ari Fox has had a very positive impact on our son. Ari is open to discussing whatever is bothering our son and he has offered many concrete strategies for handling the tensions that have arisen between our son and his schoolmates. We have seen significant progress as shown in higher self esteem and lower anxiety. Our son has formed a strong bond with Ari and feels that Ari is an advocate as well as an ally. In our own meetings with Ari we have been very impressed with how well he knows and appreciates our sonís character. Ari has a profound sense of human nature and a natural and practical therapeutic style. Indeed, he stands out because there is absolutely nothing studied or academic, distant or authoritarian about him. He has been great at helping our son and, compared to other therapists we considered, he is in a class by himself."
"Ari has been more than a kind, patient and relatable therapist for our struggling 12-year-old son with ADD. One time recently, our son bounded out of Ari's office, and practically raced home to do his homework, a task that often overwhelms him. This was because Ari had mapped out a simple, yet detailed schedule for him, which included all the work he needed to complete, necessary breaks, and even a bit of computer fun. It was a winning strategy for that evening. At other times, I see how our son comes away from a session feeling lighter and less burdened. Ari validates his feelings, so important, especially for someone like our son. In our son's own words, 'Ari is patient. He listens to me. So many grownups don't want to listen to kids like me, but Ari does.'"
"My son has been diagnosed with Opposition Defiant Disorder and ADHD. After two years of being in the wrong school, he was unable to smoothly transition to the new (and appropriate) school. He would just lay down and refuse to attend classes and he would not attempt homework at all. Ari has been an important part of our team approach to get my son cheerful about school and engaging in class work. The school put the right people in place on-site but it has been very critical that my child has had a male authority figure who is outside the school setting. My son has been working with Ari for more than a year now and he has vastly improved his outlook and his behavior. Ari has a calm and relaxed personal manner that is genuine. My child trusts Ari. But what is important to me is that my son has someone who can support him emotionally and also model positive behavior. Ari's gentle positive suggestions are a good counter to my son's less thoughtful impulses. This fall, when all the teachers changed, Ari was an important consistent part of my son's life so there were almost no transition issues at school."
"Ari is a thoughtful and educated therapist who not only makes every effort to understand the child's concerns, but to understand the child's parents' views on what is happening. This allows Ari to work better with the parent to help the child with whatever she or he is facing."
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Ari E. Fox, LCSW-R provides child and adolescent psychotherapy with a specialty in school-related issues to individuals and groups in the New York metropolitan area. NYC DOE provider.