Child Therapy

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As parents, we try to do our best to raise our children with healthy minds, healthy bodies, and happy souls. Therapy can help parents reach this goal by providing them with the tools they need to help their children learn effective strategies for dealing with life’s challenges, today and in the future.

A child in therapy typically meets with the therapist for one-on-one sessions, during which the therapist begins to build the therapeutic relationship with the child. The therapist works to uncover the challenges facing the child and helps him or her cope with them. Play therapy is utilized for young children to help them visualize and verbalize their thoughts and feelings, bringing these feelings to the surface. A behavioral approach is utilized to address any maladaptive behaviors the child may exhibit due to his or her inability to process and cope with feelings of sadness, fear, anxiety, frustration, or anger.

— List of Child Anxiety Disorders

Our goal is to help a child overcome the challenges and difficulties he or she may be experiencing, in order to promote healthy and happy families.

Signs that a child may benefit from therapy:

  • Developmental delays in speech, language, or toilet training.
  • Learning or attention problems (such as ADHD).
  • Behavioral problems (such as excessive anger, acting out, bedwetting, or eating disorders).
  • A significant drop in grades, particularly if the child normally maintains high grades.
  • episodes of sadness, tearfulness, or depression.
  • Social withdrawal or isolation.
  • Bullying or being bullied by other children.
  • Decreased interest in previously enjoyed activities.
  • Sudden changes in appetite (particularly in adolescents)
  • Mood swings.
  • Development of or an increase in physical complaints (such as headache, stomachache, or not feeling well) despite a normal physical exam by a doctor.
  • Management of a serious, acute, or chronic illness.
  • Signs of alcohol, drug, or other substance use.
  • problems transitioning following a separation, divorce, or relocation.
  • Bereavement issues (such as death of a loved one)
  • Traumatic events such as sexual, physical, or emotional abuse