Counseling with children refers to a variety of techniques used to help children who are experiencing difficulties with emotions, behaviors and adjustments to new situations. This may include individual child counseling, parenting consultation and family counseling. Playing, drawing, building, pretending and talking are important ways for children to share feelings and resolve problems. Goals for counseling may be specific, such as a change in behavior, improved family relations, processing a trauma or general, such as managing anxiety, being a better friend, improving self esteem or learning more about themselves.
Parents are usually the first to recognize that their child has a problem with emotions or behaviors. The observations of outside resources such as teachers, daycare workers or family, may help parents in their decision to seek treatment for the child. Counseling provides a safe, trusting environment in which the child can express his/her thoughts and feelings and learn new skills to communicate better, manage emotions and create new strategies to help them adjust to new situations.
Some signs that your child may need counseling or evaluation include:
- a fall in school performance
- poor grades
- excessive worry or anxiety
- difficulty making or keeping friends
- oppositional and defiant behaviors
- frequent temper tantrums or rages
- persistent nightmares
- aggressive behaviors
- exposure to a traumatic event or major life change
Children who have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Anxiety or Depression need a special kind of support. Education, self regulation and communication skills and self sooothing techniques are critical for these children to advocate for themselves, to understand themselves and to accept themselves.
You may make an appointment for an "Initial Assessment for your Child" HERE.