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Child Counseling & Therapy

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How Do I Know If My Child Needs Counseling?

All good parents strive to protect their children from unnecessary harm. That’s excluding life’s teachable moments, lessons learned, and the occasional parenting flop. (There’s no such thing as a “perfect” parent. And, we’re hoping that comes as a source of relief to you—and not an incentive to up the ante!)

But sometimes, despite our best efforts and intentions, little people still confront BIG issues. It can be difficult to imagine a child grappling with the weighty issues that devastate or stump adults; but children can wrestle with problems beyond their years.

The unfortunate difference is that our kiddos often lack the emotional regulatory skills in order to cope successfully. So, accordingly, our little people “act out”, developing destructive compensatory behaviors; or radiating a false appearance of “toughness”. Regrettably, when children go through the motions of resilience—without actually healing—more serious problems can emerge down the road, particularly in that dicey transition from adolescence to adulthood.

Since discerning whether or not your child actually needs therapy can be tricky, here are some failsafe guidelines, aka: Is your child experiencing… ???  

  • Attachment Issues: Difficulty forming healthy, emotional bonds to caregivers
  • Academic or Attentional Problems: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD); learning disabilities in reading, mathematics, or written language; dyslexia; speech disorders
  • Developmental Challenges: Autism, Down Syndrome, Special Needs, failure to meet expected developmental milestones
  • Behavioral Difficulties: Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorder, tantrums, aggression, rule-breaking (from minor infractions at school to criminal behavior)
  • Socialization Problems: Bullying or being bullied; debilitating shyness or social anxiety
  • Trauma: Sexual, emotional, or physical abuse; or neglect
  • Grief or Chronic Illness: loss of a family member; or a chronic health condition (such as cancer, diabetes, cerebral palsy, etc.)
  • Divorce Adjustment or Blended Families Issues: Parental separation or the struggles of adapting to stepfamily formation
  • Mental Health Challenges: Depression, Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Insomnia or Sleep disturbances, Eating Disorders, Substance Abuse, Selective Mutism

…And more+!!!

However, as a general rule of thumb: When it comes to kids and therapy, you can never play it “too safe”!

To help your little squirt (ages 2-9) adapt to the BIG issues, our team of child counseling experts recommends the use of play therapy! By using the principles of structured, therapeutic play, we encourage your child to let down their emotional fortress and discuss the “heavy” issues in a developmentally appropriate (and fun!) context. Plus added bonus here: we sneak in exercises to help your child learn advanced skills for emotional/attentional regulation AND prosocial (or “compassionate”) behaviors. Pretty cool, eh?

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