Children can demonstrate mental health issues differently from adults. Children who are argumentative, irritable, having trouble making friends or aggressive may also be depressed or anxious. Counseling is a way to help children increase awareness of their feelings and help them to learn improved social skills and have a place to relate feelings that feels safe.
Another common issue with children is difficulty with concentrating, sitting still, finishing work or making friends. An evaluation of your child by a mental health professional can pinpoint specific explanations as to why these difficulties exist, followed by treatment options.
The counseling environment for children is not just "sitting and talking". Through play and artwork, children are able to express and learn ways to cope and increase insight into better ways of handling issues and feelings.
At times, parents feel that their child may not cooperate with coming to counseling. Our advice is to try it once to see how it goes. In situations when the child will not cooperate in counseling, it is often just as helpful for the parent to attend for advice and guidance. We will discuss ways to handle specific situations that occur to improve their behavior, decrease their fears and return life to a place that is better for all.
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