Children ages 6 and older
Each phase of development brings about specific challenges for children. They tend to work through these as a normal part of growing up. Mental health conditions can make these challenges harder. They may come up due to events in a child’s life, such as traumatic events like being bullied. They can also be routine, like moving to a new home. Therapy can be incredibly helpful for kids. It teaches children healthy coping skills. It also teaches them how to understand, articulate and express their feelings instead of acting out behaviorally.
The teenage years can be a demanding time for both youth and their families. Adolescents face increasing academic responsibilities and new social pressures, even as they grapple with rapid physical, cognitive, and emotional changes. While some thrive in the face of these challenges, other teenagers begin to experience difficulties. Teens can benefit from counseling to talk to about a variety of topics, ranging from relationship issues to questions about sexual identity. Whether your teen seems a little moodier than usual or is having trouble staying caught up in school, it can be hard to recognize if your teen could benefit from professional help. Therapy certainly doesn’t need to be reserved for life altering events or major concerns. Meeting with a therapist can prevent minor issues from turning into major problems.
Talking with a counselor can help you deal with thoughts, behaviors, symptoms, stresses, goals, past experiences and other areas that can promote your recovery. Of course, talking with a therapist about personal issues can be tough, but it can help you come to grips with problems in your life. It can also offer an emotional release and a sense of really being heard, understood and supported.
Counseling can help you to:
· feel stronger in the face of challenges
· change behaviors that hold you back
· look at ways of thinking that affect how you feel
· heal pains from the past
· build relationship skills
· figure out your goals
· strengthen your self-confidence
· cope with symptoms
· handle strong emotions like fear, grief or anger
· enhance your problem solving skills