Art Therapy for Children
Dr. Miriam Galindo works as a child and family psychologist specializing in high-conflict divorce scenarios. Located in Irvine, California, Dr. Miriam Galindo is especially adept at overseeing play and art therapy sessions with children.
Art therapy, a nuanced blend of psychotherapy and traditional art lessons, has grown rapidly in recent years. This form of psychotherapy has been successfully used with children, as well as adults, dealing with issues as diverse as neglect and the death of a family member.
Non-verbal expression is highly valued in all fields of psychology, though it is more common for younger individuals to struggle when it comes to articulating their thoughts and feelings through words. Mental health professionals have cited art therapy’s ability to help children express their emotions and fears without the use of words as an example of its effectiveness. In some cases, a child’s actions and drawings during a session may reveal issues, or solutions, that previously only existed at the subconscious level.
Child Custody Recommending Counseling
Based in Irvine, California, psychologist Dr. Miriam Galindo received her undergraduate degree from Chapman University, her master of social work from California State University, Long Beach, and her doctor of psychology from Trinity College of Graduate Studies in Anaheim. Having worked for over 20 years counseling families and children, Dr. Miriam Galindo has been serving at Orange County Superior Court as a child custody evaluators.
Family courts dealing with child custody cases usually provide a service called “child custody recommending sessions” which allow the parents to talk to a specially trained and experienced psychologist who will then help them construct a plan for parenting responsibilities. These sessions are supported by the Family Law Code to mitigate acrimony between the parents and provide for the best interests of the children.
These meetings are important avenues for parents to affirm their position as parents and their ongoing responsibilities despite their decision to separate by writing the parenting plans themselves. Otherwise, the responsibility might be delegated to third parties such as judges, psychologists, or mediators.
Trees for Life
A family psychologist in Irving, California, Dr. Miriam Galindo earned a doctor of psychology (PsyD) at the Trinity College of Graduate Studies in Anaheim, where she wrote a dissertation titled “Religion and the Best Interest Standard in Child Custody Evaluations.” She currently provides co-parenting, reunification, and child custody counseling services from the private practice she shares with her husband. Additionally, Dr. Miriam Galindo supports charitable organizations such as the National Wildlife Federation.
As part of its mission to conserve and protect the country’s wildlife, the National Wildlife Federation encourages children to explore the outdoors and connect with nature. The organization’s Trees for Wildlife program allows schools and community organizations to apply for free trees and provides adult leaders with educational tools to help young people learn about the importance of trees to the environment.
To support tree planting, individuals can make donations to keep the tree bank stocked and functional. They can also purchase trees to plant, organize a community planting event, or sponsor a tree in honor of someone else. For more information on the Trees for Wildlife Program, visit www.nwf.org/Trees-for-Wildlife/About.aspx.
Depression in Children
Over the course of her career as a psychologist Miriam Galindo, Psy.D., has gained extensive experience treating abused and neglected children. Prior to establishing her own practice in Irvine, California, Dr. Miriam Galindo spent time working in an outpatient counseling agency where she assessed and treated children who had experienced sexual abuse.
To some, depression may not seem like a condition that affects young children. However, there is a clear distinction to be made between the ordinary growing pains and mood swings that define childhood, and clinical depression, a serious illness faced by young individuals as well as adults.
Although it can vary in many ways from child to child, childhood depression can generally be characterized as either masked or typical depression. A child masking his or her depression will often lash out at others and frequently demonstrate anger and irritability rather than episodes of anxiety or melancholy. Typical depression in children, on the other hand, is similar to adult depression and can be characterized by sadness and other low moods.
There are a number of signs that can help parents and other caregivers identify depression and separate the illness from normal psychological developments. Sudden changes in sleep patterns, for example, can be a warning sign. As children grow they require more sleep, but excessive sleeping (or, by contrast, symptoms akin to insomnia) are less common. Fatigue and low energy are further signs of childhood depression, particularly in regard to events and activities the child previously enjoyed. Finally, repeated social withdrawal can be attributed to depression, especially if the child refrains from participating with other children due to fear of rejection.
A licensed clinical psychologist and social worker, Dr. Miriam Galindo began serving on the Family Law Panel of Approved Child Custody Evaluations for Orange County’s Superior Court in 2005. Now she maintains her private practice in Irvine, California, where she provides child and family counseling and play and art therapy. Miriam Galindo’s memberships include the Alzheimer’s Association.
On March 25, 2015, almost 1,000 people wearing purple sashes, known as Alzheimer’s advocates, marched to Capitol Hill fin Washington, DC, for the celebration of Hill Day, bringing to an end the Alzheimer’s Association’s 27th Annual Advocacy Forum. These advocates came from every state of the Union to visit with elected officials and provide information about the association’s priorities for the coming year.
The Alzheimer’s Association will host next year’s Advocacy Forum from April 4-6 in Washington’s Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. For more information about this event, the Alzheimer’s Association, and the association’s work on behalf of those with Alzheimer’s disease, visit http://www.alz.org.
Dr. Miriam Galindo is an Irving, California-based family and child psychologist with several decades of experience. Apart from her work, Dr. Miriam Galindo supports the Alzheimer’s Association, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s.
The Alzheimer’s Association is responsible for the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s, the world’s largest event designed to educate and raise funds for Alzheimer’s research and care. More than 600 communities and nearly half a million participants join together to increase awareness for Alzheimer’s in communities across the country.
Entry is free, and participants are expected to raise funds to contribute to the cause. The Alzheimer’s Association offers numerous tools and resources, including instructional videos and tips for creating a personal fundraising page. Funds raised from the walk continue to support and enhance educational programs, as well as to promote research and create a voice for Alzheimer’s in public policy.
In addition to serving as an approved child custody evaluator for California’s Orange County, Miriam Galindo has experience providing family therapy. In particular, Miriam Galindo works with families that are dealing with difficult situations, such as a divorce.
A divorce is not only very stressful for parents, but also for any children in the family. However, there are a number of things parents can do to help minimize the stress and make the experience easier for children.
For example, parents should give children opportunities to express their own feelings about the divorce in an honest and open way. Parents should listen and let the children speak about the situation without admonishing children for how they feel or dismissing their feelings. Children often want to avoid serious discussions, but it is important for them to be encouraged to share how they really feel.
If children have difficulty verbalizing their feelings about the divorce, parents can help them by encouraging them to open up when they appear upset. If parents are unsure of how to navigate the divorce with their children or feel that children could benefit from speaking with a professional, meeting with a counselor or therapist is often very beneficial.