Child and Adolescent Counseling
If you've asked these or simliar questions about your child, maybe counseling can be a resource to help your child develop the skills necessary to improve his or her behavior at school, establish healthy peer relationships, learn conflict management and problem solving skills, and express his or her emotions in age appropriate ways.
Adolescence is a period of transition that marks significant change in human development and is characterized by physical, biological, emotional, cognitive, and psychological growth. Given all these changes, it makes sense that teenagers would be moody, irrational, argumentative, and peer-oriented. During this time, teenagers often want more independence, become interested in dating, and gravitate towards their peers and away from their parents.
The period of adolescence introduces to the teen a new way of seeing themselves, the world, friends, and parents. Teenagers often become self-conscious of their body and how their peers perceive them. In the midst of all these developmental changes, teenagers are also in the process of rediscovering themselves; therefore, teenagers may abandon old interests and hobbies in favor of new activities, music, dress, and friends. This can present unique challenges for the family as members have to learn how to manage the stressors associated with adolescence. For example, teenagers may desire more independence before parents are willing to grant this freedom. This often creates a power struggle between the teen and parent that has the potential to led to heated arguments and repeated conflict.
If your family is experiencing significant difficulties adjusting to the “teenager years,” maybe counseling can be helpful in recognizing these moments—not as disastrous—but rather as opportunities for growth and strengthen the parent-child relationship.
Treatment Specializations include:
As a counselor, I know that the language of children is through play, so I use therapeutic activities, games, and toys to help children and adolescents express their thoughts and feelings appropriately in a safe environment. Below are some common child and adolescent issues that psychotherapy can address:
- Coping Skills
- Anger Management Skills
- Adjustment Skills (loss, change, divorce, etc.)
- Relationship Skills (dealing with bullys, siblings, and reducing parent-child conflict)
- Suicidal Thoughts
- Self-Injurious Behavior (Cutting)
- and more