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Child and Family Therapy

How do I know if my child needs therapy?

Children often engage in behaviors that indicate they would benefit from psychotherapy. Parents may also get a sense that something is wrong or notice changes related to mood and behaviors. Some of these concerns include noticing that your child is disruptive at home or school; has difficulty focusing; is impulsive; is easily frustrated or angry and has a difficult time calming down; has problems making friends or getting along with peers; is doing poorly at school or refusing to attend; has bedwetting episodes and/or daytime accidents; or is engaging in risky or self-destructive behaviors.

Significant transitions and events such as divorce, illness, loss, new additions to the family, puberty, moving, and romantic breakups may impact a child’s development and growth. Children with learning disabilities or other academic challenges may experience coinciding emotional or self-esteem issues.

Therapy can help children resolve the underlying conflicts related to problematic behaviors and can help them learn new coping techniques. Play and talk therapy, parent counseling, and family therapy support children and families in addressing feelings and behaviors that may be interfering with individual development, school performance, and relationships. Therapy provides a unique and safe environment for kids to express and explore their feelings, and to learn new ways of interacting with their worlds.

How will I participate in my child’s therapy?

We consider parental involvement to be a crucial component of every child’s therapy. Parents are our main source of information about the child’s development, behavior, and emotions and are consulted regularly throughout the process. We view parents as our partners in the treatment and rely on you to tell us how therapy is going for your child. You can also support and encourage your child to use the coping strategies they learn in therapy.

For more information on child and family therapy contact us.