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Research tells us that self-esteem begins to plummet at age 9. If your child is struggling with confidence and claiming their strengths, or if they often make negative statements about themselves, they might benefit from self-esteem support. This support can take the form of either prevention (boosting self-esteem before it starts to drop) or intervention (boosting self-esteem after it’s already dropped).

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Meet Kellie Cathey, LSW

Did you know that your child's core sense of self develops around 10-18 months?  Yep!  Just as your child begins walking, they develop a core sense of the capability to feel confident and independent. Often times, children who struggle with self-esteem have had some struggles during this time period.  There may have been a lot of transitions or the death of a loved one or business that kept the family from being fully present.  No matter the case, we can repair it.

In my practice, I work with families and children to get to the root issue that the child is presenting with.  In play therapy, your child is able to express their fears and insecurities through play and creative expression. In our work as a family, we dive in to discover how your child may have developed low self-esteem and we will work together to help them find a deeper connection both with you as the parent and also with who they are.



I am a therapist and licensed social worker. I specialize in working with children and teens that are struggling to feel confident in their own skin and have trouble fitting in with peers. I have a passion for working with children and teens that are socially isolated, shy, and have low self-esteem. Empowering them to shine as the amazing person they are is a central part of the work we will do together.

Strong Kids Group
Ages 5-6

This group provides a space for kids to build confidence, deal with big emotions, and learn social skills to help them connect.


Strong Girls Groups
Ages 5-6 & 7-9

This group supports girls as they both discover their authentic selves and develop the skills, confidence, and courage to navigate their world from a place of self-respect and strength. Let's give these girls the skills they need to master adolescence before their self-esteem starts dropping.

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Girls Empowered Groups
Ages 10-12, 13-15, 15-18

The Girls Empowered Groups consists of weekly sessions to give your daughter the skills she needs to thrive as a strong and empowered female. These sessions are designed to support tween and teen girls with challenges around self-esteem, assertiveness, depression, anxiety, peer and family conflict, and more.