Adolescent & Child Counseling

Build on coping and problem-solving skills

Children

As a parent, choosing therapy for your child can be a tough choice to make, and is often the result of growing concerns over your child’s inability to manage the stress in their lives. Children communicate their lack of coping skills often in unhelpful or unhealthy behaviors. This can produce parental frustration, conflict, and tension in your home. Using a combination of talk and playful therapy, a child may learn better coping skills and to communicate more effectively.

Adolescents

Adolescence can be a stressful time to navigate for your teen, which affects the entire family. Therapy can be a safe space for them to explore these issues. Your adolescent can benefit from discovering more about their emotions, sense of self and relationships.

Signs That Your Child Or Teen May Benefit From Therapy

  • Withdrawn or isolated from the family
  • Outbursts of anger
  • Changes in eating habits
  • Skipping school or decline in grades
  • Changes in sleeping patterns
  • Having problems with friendships
  • Irritability
  • Headaches or stomach aches
  • Worrying and obsessing often
  • Use of alcohol or drugs
  • Self-harming behaviors or suicidal ideation
  • Over-achieving, over-busy, over-involved

Examples Of Therapy Goals:

  • Manage their frustration and angry feelings
  • Identify and express their feelings with words
  • Problem solve with adults and peers
  • Identify, build and keep positive friendships
  • Make healthy choices
  • Build a “tool box” of coping skills
  • Manage anxiety and worry
  • Identify and change unhelpful thinking or behavior
  • Heal from their traumatic situation and forward in their life