Have you noticed any of these warning signs in your child?
Clinginess or trouble separating
Difficulty managing emotions
Disrupted sleep patterns
Frequent tantrums or meltdowns
Inability to socialize with peers
Irritability or low frustration tolerance
Loss of interest in after-school activities
Negative change in academic performance
Whether it is at school, home or within peer relationships, challenges are inevitable. Your child's challenge might relate to friendships, or he might lack self-confidence. She might experience obstacles that are beyond her control, such as divorce, a new sibling or recent move. Your child may experience intense emotions, like worry or sadness, that he doesn't know how to explain or act out when she is feeling upset.
The support of child counseling can help.
Child counseling can help your child confront these challenges head-on and also improve coping for the future. Whether your child is struggling behaviorally, socially, or experiencing school-related difficulties, having the support of a child therapist can help.
Children often do not have the words or understanding to explain the way they feel. They benefit from creative approaches to help them learn to identify their feelings, manage behavior and restore balance. My integrative approach blends art, play, yoga and mindfulness with more traditional evidenced-based practices, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT). Sessions are tailored to the needs of your child and may involve the use of arts and crafts, puppets, writing or utilizing movement and breathing techniques to teach specific skills.
Who can participate in child counseling?
As a parent, you are the expert on your child and are therefore an important part of the counseling process. Child counseling sessions happen weekly, and parent support sessions occur at least once per month. This allows us to co-create a plan that will target the behavior and skills that you feel will be most beneficial to your family.
For more information, contact me here or call me at (917) 409-7042 for a free, consultation phone call. I am happy to discuss concerns you have about your child and answer any questions about child counseling.