Child counseling is a specialized type of therapy that focuses on the child and is scientifically based on techniques that are designed to benefit children. Children express emotions differently than adults. Children may act out emotionally or exhibit mood, sleep, and social disturbances because they are not matured enough to articulate their emotions effectively. Licensed child counselors understand the unique needs of children and have special training for working with specifically children.
There are many different reasons why a child may benefit from child counseling. Traumatic life events such as the death of someone close to the child, divorce, and bullying are a few reasons you may seek therapy for your child. The stress brought on by traumatic life events can trigger sleep problems, social problems, behavioral problems, and changes in mood. Child counseling aims to help children work through their emotions so they can live normal healthy lives without fear, confusion, anxiety or trauma in their lives.
A child who displays developmental problems or acts out in ways that are beyond what’s considered normal can likely benefit from counseling, especially if there has been a recent trauma or significant event that impacts their lives, like a death or divorce. Some of the signs that your child is in distress and could benefit from child counseling include:
- Difficulty adjusting to social situations
- Sudden drop in grades at school
- Unwarranted aggression
- Frequent nightmare and sleep difficulties
- Persistent worry and anxiety
- Loss of appetite and dramatic weight loss
- Withdrawing from activities they normally enjoy
- Performing obsessive routines like hand washing
- Expressing thoughts of suicide
- Talking about voices they hear in their head
- Social isolation and wanting to be alone
- Self-harm such as cutting
- Alcohol or drug use
When appropriate, we will integrate Play Therapy into the child counseling. Play therapy is a counseling approach that helps children freely express feelings, repressed thoughts, and emotions through play. Children of all ages can attend counseling sessions, from young preschoolers to teenagers. Every age within this range falls into the realm of child counseling until they are adults and no longer need children’s counseling techniques.
At Collaborate Counseling we are here to unite your concerns as a parent with our expertise as counselors to help your child through the difficult times. We understand that you want the best for your child but some situations may be too challenging to handle on your own; especially as you are emotionally involved.
We will always treat you and your family with the utmost respect, integrity and confidentially. Contact Us to learn more about Child Counseling services, how Play Therapy works, or to book any appointment. We look forward to hearing from you.