When children and teens need counseling services, it can be a difficult time for the whole family. That’s why we ensure comfort and non-judgment for all family members. It’s important that you know that your kids are in good hands and that things can get better.
Let us help you define the issues your child is facing. From ADHD to coping with parent divorce, we create measurable goals that get results.
What Type of Issues Does Child/Teen Counseling Address?
Whether your child or teen already has a diagnosis, or you haven’t been able to define the challenges yet, we can help. First, we help you and your family put a name to what’s going on and help you all understand what the diagnosis means for your family’s future.
We help children and teens cope with many issues, including but not limited to:
- Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Substance abuse
- Adjustment issues
- Defiant behaviors
- Peer difficulties
- Communication issues
- Coping with parent divorce
- Academic difficulties
- Behavior management
If your child or teen is struggling with difficult emotions or behaviors, don’t hesitate to contact us.
What Happens in a Child or Teen’s Counseling Session?
If you decide that counseling is right for your child or teen, you can book an appointment time that works for you. During the first session, we will mostly try to get to know your child. We might just talk, or we might focus on non-verbal activities, such as playing a game, building something, or doing a craft together. Our goal is to establish a good rapport to help your child open up to us.
From there, we customize a program for your child that outlines measurable goals that achieve real results. The older the child, the more involved they are in defining those goals with us. Together, we’ll ask and answer questions like: What will make a difference for you? When things get better, how will you know? What signs can you look for to determine whether we’re making progress?
We will also work with your child’s school and doctor when applicable. To benefit your child and family, we keep your child’s school and pediatrician connected and informed.
If your child has a diagnosis or difficulties which affect performance in the classroom, it will be important to maintain continuity between home and school. We offer several services to help optimize success at school, both academically and socially.
How Will I Be Involved In My Child’s Care Plan?
You are always welcome to request that time be set aside during the session to spend time as a family or even come alone to discuss things privately. We are always open to discuss your child’s therapeutic growth, goals, challenges, and ways you can further support your child’s progress.
Children over age 12 do have confidentiality rights, and your therapist will respect those boundaries as they work to build a trusting relationship with your child. It is your right as a parent, however, to understand the general focus of sessions and be informed about your child’s progress.