Dr. Catherine Milner (nick named by children she works with, “Dr. Cat”) finds working with children (of all ages) most meaningful. Her therapeutic children’s books entitled “The Ten Puppy Tales” or “Cat Secrets” are individualized and designed to show children how to become the boss of themselves. In simple child language this book presents the child as a hero in their own life story and teaches children to give themselves the gift of self-soothing skills. If applicable the book also teaches social skills. Both the empowering of self and this learning to be in relationship to others, are valuable lessons in emotional intelligence and prepares children to respond to the world in an ever increasingly healthy way.
Dr. Milner’s field of research is in the area of “fathering”. Her positive findings of what American fathers are doing “right”, has contributed to her understanding of how beneficial it is to include dads in the therapy process of their child or children.
It is important here to clarify what “right” means. One look at much social research on fathering shows that many researchers’ main target is on what fathers are doing “wrong”. With this in mind, fathering can never be described as flawless. But we can learn a great deal when looking at what some fathers are doing that is constructive when taking care of their relationship with their children. Dr. Milner believes that, in the best interest of the child, children need a safe place to heal and this can only be provided in a positive and neutral environment.
Childhood can often be difficult for some children in these chaotic and uncertain times. Dr. Milner can help your child deal with their issues, including depression, anxiety, bullying, self-esteem, and grieving.