Children are in a developmental stage in which they are starting to understand and regulate their own thoughts and emotions.
It is a difficult stage that can be much more complicated when combined with depression or anxiety.
Many parents do not understand the difference between everyday behavior and a child who is depressed or anxious.
Developmentally kids are growing physically, mentally and emotionally.
Your child may be just starting school, gaining new friends and new found independence. They are being influenced in multiple environments and friends are starting to become more important to them. Confidence is starting to grow in areas related to social skills, academics and after school activities. Without much confidence many children do not achieve developmental milestones needed to grow.
Kids are at a great age to learn new and healthy ways to describe what they are doing, how they are thinking and how they are feeling. It is also an age where they begin to show more empathy for others and concern for others. This is why therapy for kids can be so transformative. They want to learn and in therapy that is exactly what they can expect.
Does your child have behavior problems or act impulsively?
Remember, kids are learning and want to establish independence and do not yet know how. They also do not have a full understanding as to how consequences work and have difficulty understanding some behaviors have lifelong impacts. They can be more impulsive and make decisions based on a sporadic thoughts, without fully processing their choices.
Although they are learning what limits are, behavior associated with behavior problems and testing the limits may be based on depression or anxiety. Depressive and anxious thoughts related to school or home life may prevent your child from rationalizing and attempting to make a healthier, safer or more sound decision.
How can therapy help my child?
In counseling your child can learn to better express how they think and feel, this all leads to transforming how they behave. We use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (a fancy way of saying we help your child change their thoughts) to help them make more rational decisions. We specialize in helping kids ages 5 and up.
Therapists use techniques such as art and play therapy to connect with your child. This provides a safe environment for them to be kids and explore any thoughts they have. Our therapists use board games, art activities and writing activities to help children gain control of their behavior.
Kids may not feel as confident discussing hard topics with a parent of guardian since they may feel they will burden them, make them cry, feel guilty or angry for their behavior. A neutral party is a safer option in some cases for this reason.
Will I be able to join my child’s therapy session?
We absolutely do invite parents to join part of the first session, this just helps establish rapport and everyone gets to meet.
After this therapy will focus on your child and working one on one with them. If your child would like to invite you into their session, that is up to them. We do this on purpose to show your child respect, boundaries and empower them to make healthy choices.
Please remember we do not offer family therapy services at this time.
Your Child Must Be Willing to Participate in Therapy and Guardians Must Be in Agreement for Therapy
Not all kids want counseling. Remember that as a parent you can help guide them and point them in a better direction. If your teen is unsure of counseling, remember that it is normal. Anything new can be scary for ANYONE.
Please empathize with them, and ask them what they know about therapy? Maybe all they need is for your to normalize it and not make it a punishment. Therapy is a safe space for your kid to talk, not to punish or get in trouble. They can talk freely about any topic with no judgement.