Children’s Counseling

Children

Whenever your child’s mood, thoughts or daily activities seem different to you, check in with them.

Relationships are part of children’s lives too. They have relationships with each other, parents, teachers and other authorities. Some of those interactions are quality positive interactions, some are average everyday interactions and sometimes they are traumatic. No matter the type of interaction, they are impactful. The way a child engages with people now, will shape their view of the world and how to develop relationships as an adult. Counseling SDC children services focuses on the familial unit. As a unit, the family and its children, serve as a function. Not every child needs therapy. But every child can benefit from increased emotional intelligence and professional support.

When a child cannot control their behaviors or identify how they feel it can create a huge barrier. One that is taxing on the entire family unit. Children do not thrive when they are struggling and parents/guardians cannot help but react when a child is suffering. But what is the difference between the average child’s misbehavior and a specific problem behavior? As parents, there are often more questions than answers. Get the professional help for your child they deserve. Our whole person approach analyzes the entire system in which the child resides, the internal and the external processes at play.

Children learn how to relate to others and how to identify themselves through a process of interaction starting from the moment they are born. Clinically, this process is called attachment and it affects our relationships for the rest of our lives. Developing interpersonal skills is difficult enough. Children who struggle to relate to others have more difficulty making connections with their peers. Navigating the new landscape of in person and virtual relationships can be confusing and emotionally draining. Our clinicians can help hone in on the particular skills necessary for your child to thrive and develop meaningful relationships. We provide short-term services that maximize time spent with children; engaging them and keeping them interested in sessions. We provide real-world tools for children to utilize in their day-to-day interactions with adults and peers.

Common Reasons to seek therapy for a child:

  • Separation or Divorce of primary caregiving unit
  • Physical / Emotional / Verbal / Sexual Trauma or Abuse ***
  • Chronic Medical Conditions
  • Victim of shaming or bullying
  • Developing Social Skills
  • Frequent Disciplinary Action
  • Children of mixed race families who struggle with identity
  • Anticipation of stress or major life change : sick loved one, impending move, new sibling

*If your child is a victim of bullying click here
***Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

When a child feels intensely threatened by an event he or she is involved in or witnesses, we call that event a trauma. Childhood trauma is likely to disrupt the acquisition of interpersonal skills… and can lead to impaired social functioning (nimh.org)

If your child has experienced psychological or physical trauma we are here for them. We are here for you. We have a Trauma focused trained therapist who can assist you, your child and your family through this time.

Do not be embarrassed. Do not feel ashamed. It is a confusing time and hurtful time to know that your child was injured. Signs of a child who was or is a victim of trauma can appear similar to depressive symptoms of weight loss, low energy, sleep disturbance, appetite disturbance, problems focusing, sudden change in school performance irritability, and unexplained irritability.

Counseling SDC can help you all get through this TOGETHER. Learn how to give and take with each other to create a space for love and healing. There might be more strangers involved in your personal life than ever; lawyers, schools and doctors. We can and will provide constant, steady and familiar support. Increase your awareness of your child’s specific needs right now. Learn how to participate and plan as a unit.

All of our child services focus on the family as a unit. As individuals, each family member serves as a function of that unit. You child will remain the focus of the therapy and will be provided specific and direct counseling to address presenting issues. However, the family will be asked to participate and be involved in the treatment. See our resources page for more information about state and national reports on childhood trauma and recommended therapies