How do I know if my child needs therapy?

How do I know if my child needs therapy?

Therapy can be a valuable resource for your child or teen as they navigate growing up. There are numerous factors that can influence how your child is behaving and reacting. It can be hard to decide whether an issue is normal and appropriate for the child’s age or a signal that professional help is needed.

If your child has experienced or is dealing with one of the following, a consultation for therapy would be appropriate to maintain mental and behavioral health. For example, life-changing events such as these are difficult for a child or teen to navigate:

  • The death of a loved one including family, friends, or pets.
  • A divorce or subsequent new family members such as a step-parent or step-siblings.
  • Extreme family tension.
  • A move to a new school or residence.
  • The birth of a sibling.
  • Emotional, physical, or sexual abuse, including bullying.

Other child behavior to pay attention to

  • A noticeable change in behaviors that have lasted for a month or more.
  • They are struggling in school, whether it’s a sudden drop in grades, difficulties with classmates or teachers, or similar situations.
  • Their behaviors are unmanageable and creating stress at home.
  • They have become disinterested in previously enjoyable activities and/or want to stop participating in extracurricular activities.
  • Their worries about their future, their family, their health or the world seem excessive or are unable to be redirected.

Counseling benefits children

No matter how large or small a struggle or difficulty may seem, therapy can help. Contact is today for a complimentary initial consultation. Issues we treat include:

Anxiety

Life Challenges

Young Children

Generalized anxietyCoping skillsSeparation anxiety
School refusal/anxietyBullyingObsessions
Social anxietyPeer relationshipsPlay therapy
PhobiasCommunication issuesSocialization
Obsessive-compulsive disordersAcademics/college readinessDevelopmental issues
Adoption/foster care

Depression/Mood Issues

Family Conflict

Behavioral Problems

Self-esteem issuesParent-child conflictAttention-deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
Grief and lossSibling rivalryOppositional behaviors
Self-harming behaviorsFamily communicationConduct problems
Suicidal ideationDivorce
Trauma