COUNSELING FOR CHILDREN & TEENS

Counseling for Children

Child counseling can play a pivatol role in early child development. Parents often struggle to find a therapist who provides individual therapy for their young child. But of course, as a parent, you know children can absolutely experience huge stresses in their life. I assist children, adolescents and teens who are suffering from depression, anxiety, anger and the effects of divorce.

You child may benefit from counseling if they experience:

  • Anger, lashing out at parents, teachers or others.
  • Anxiety surrounding social interaction or school.
  • A divorce can result in instability and cause children to act out in various ways.
  • Depression, suicidal thoughts, or wanting to be alone often.
  • Problems connecting with children their age.
  • Dealing with bullies, or bullying others.

After hour appointments available!

Between school, sports and extracurricular activities it can be hard to find a counselor that fits your busy lifestyle.  We get that! That’s why we offer after-hours appointments (last appointment at 6pm!) so you can schedule a time that’s right for you and your family!

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What is Child Counseling?

Children come to counseling for many of the same reasons adults do. People at any age can face difficult and challenging circumstances. The main difference between counseling or kids or teens and adults is being able to address these issues in an age-appropriate manner.

See Me Therapy specializes in working with children from 5 years and up. Licensed Professional Counselor Mollie Van Deusen has both experience and education in early childhood development and can work with your child to help them resolve behavioral issues or deal with anxiety, grief depression, eating disorders and much more.

Does My Child Need Counseling?

Counseling can be extremely effective with children. While the young mind is forming, it is important for them to develop the necessary tools to address difficult situations. Many children are unable to express complex issues like emotional or mental issues, and counseling can offer a way for children to begin to explore and understand their emotions, as well as give young kids the tools to find better and more productive ways to express themselves.

Each child expresses emotions differently. Some children could require counseling for issues you may not think are significant. But if they are given the tools to cope with problems at a young age you can set them up for success later in life.

Common Issues That Can Be Address by Child Counseling

Stress and anxiety are common issues for children to face. It could be from the loss of a loved one, abuse, neglect or even bullying at school. If your child is experiencing any of these issues, the good news is there is help!

See Me Therapy often sees kids for:

  • Divorce in the family
  • Death of a loved one / grief
  • Traumatic experiences
  • Mental health diagnoses such as anxiety, depression ADHD, etc.
  • Bullying
  • Physical, emotional or sexual abuse
  • Family member substance abuse problems.
Keep in mind ever child is different, and anxiety can come from things you might not completely understand yourself. It’s important to listen to your child carefully. If they are acting out, that is typically a sign of not being able to regulate an emotion your son or daughter may be having. Call us today and we can assess your needs for counseling.

Signs Your Child May Benefit from Counseling

Kids can act out in a variety of ways. Some of that is normal, but some of it may require professional intervention to solve the issue. If you child has faced a particularly stressful or traumatic experience, meeting with a counselor on a regular basis can help them learn to cope with their issues.
 
If you notice any of these signs, it might be time to schedule an appointment:
  • Agression
  • Inconsistent moods or behavior
  • Difficulty adjusting to new social situations
  • Frequent nightmares or difficulties sleeping
  • Unexplained  behavior or poor grades in school
  • Obsessive worrying or anxiety
  • Withdrawing from actives or seclusion
  • Extreme weight loss or gain
  • Expressing thoughts of suicide
  • Compulsive behaviors (such as excessive hand washing or ticks)
  • Alcohol or drug use
  • Self-harm

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

for Children and Teens

Cognitive Behavior Therapy (or CBT) is based around the idea that our own beliefs (true or not) affect the way we act, think, and feel. If we identify that our beliefs could be distored, or inacurate we can better deal with our emotions and set better expectations for situations in life.

Children are often less capable of describing their emotions and CBT helps children focus on their behaviors. This technique can help children identify behaviors that trigger strong emotions like anxiety or depression, and teach them new and more effective ways to behave when those emotions arise.

Exposure therapy is a commonly used technique that allows a child to gradually expose themselves to difficult situations and use the tools and techniques learned in counseling to deal with these emotions in a more positive away. This journey helps them gain confidence and learn that they can overcome their anxiety and better handle difficult situations.

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Sliding Scale Fees

Starting at $60 Per Session