Parenting is stressful! It’s full of the most amazing and the most challenging moments you will ever face!
Getting your children the best support they can get is critical. Trying to get them on a health path is important, but we all need help getting them there! Setting them on the course towards a secure sense of self-worth, emotional wellbeing and confidence are essentials of any parent child relationship. It doesn’t have to be all on you, leaning on professionals to help them get the tools they need for success can be a healthy part of any plan.
What are some warning signs that may indicate the need for child counseling?
If your child starts demonstrating worrisome behaviors, it may be time to seek professional services. A drastic or concerning change in your child’s behavior may be a cry for help. Warning signs that your child may have a mental health disorder include:
- Persistent sadness
- Withdrawing from or avoiding social interactions
- Hurting oneself or talking about hurting oneself
- Talking about death or suicide
- Extreme irritability
- Out-of-control behavior that can be harmful
- Drastic changes in mood, behavior or personality
- Changes in eating habits
- Loss of weight
- Difficulty sleeping
- Frequent headaches or stomach aches
- Difficulty concentrating
- Changes in academic performance
- Avoiding or missing school
Children and Mental Illness
According to the CDC, one in six children, ages 2 to 8 have a diagnosed mental, behavioral, or developmental disorder. ADHD, behavior problems, anxiety, and depression are the most commonly diagnosed mental disorders in children.
What kind of counseling is available for children?
Techniques and specific types of counseling for children is often determined by their development age. For example, a five-year-old and a ten-year-old may respond to different types of therapeutic techniques. Common modalities include:
- Play therapy
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Emotion-Focused Therapy
- Family Therapy
- Group Therapy
- Mindfulness-Based Therapy
At Pillars of Wellness, we see challenges as opportunities and we focus on finding ways to manage what appears to be a difficult time to support people towards a positive outcome. Our clinicians specialize in working with children and are adept at keeping the parents involved or supporting the children that just need some space to process their experiences. No person is an island and these children benefit from the support of professionals.