Parents always want the best for their children. Just as they would make sure to find a good tutor for their child needing some extra help in math class, it can be extremely beneficial for parents to also seek some outside help when it comes to their child’s mental health.
If you believe that your child would benefit from child therapy, Voyages Counseling is here for your family. We have a dedicated, skilled roster of licensed child therapists ready to offer the guidance and support your child needs.
A child does not experience the world the same way adults do. Studies show that their brains will not be fully developed until the age of 25.
Until then, a child’s perception and reaction to events in their lives can be more impactful during these impressionable developmental years. If your child is struggling, perhaps in school or at home, a child therapist can be very helpful for your child to understand their own emotions and how to express themselves in a healthy way.
Child therapists are specially trained to address the emotional difficulties and changes that occur across a child’s developmental timeline. Together, your child and their therapist will work to understand their emotions, why they are experiencing them, and how to appropriately convey them.
Many times, children can be frustrated simply because they do not have the words or experiences yet to articulate how they are feeling on the inside.
Therapy for children often revolves around helping a child discover their own autonomy and the ability to control their own emotions and thoughts. This can be accomplished in a multitude of different ways, depending on the particular techniques employed by your child’s therapist.
Signs That Your Child May Benefit From Seeing a Therapist:
Your child has become withdrawn, isolating themselves from family and friends
They are showing signs of regressive behaviors (i.e. more clingy than usual or are frequently wetting the bed again)
They are displaying a change in eating and sleeping habits
They are experiencing a big change in routine, daily life (i.e. a new school, parents separating)
Your child is expressing feelings of extreme sadness and worry.
Talking to your child about therapy can be a tough subject for a lot of parents. What is most important is to ensure it is coming from a safe, supportive space.
Young children might have a hard time understanding the concept, while older children might be resistant to the idea of opening up and being vulnerable with a supposed stranger.
When introducing the suggestion of therapy to your child, it is important to speak about in hopeful, positive language. Make sure your child understands that their therapist is a professional and can be trusted with their secrets without the fear of judgement or retaliation.
If your child is showing signs of distress, has undergone a traumatic event, or simply needs more help than you feel you can provide, Voyages is here. Being a parent of a child that is struggling and seeking help may require some bravery on the part of both you and your child. We help individuals, couples, and families of all backgrounds find inner peace, resilience, and fortitude through professional therapeutic techniques. Give us a call today to learn more about our therapists, their backgrounds, and philosophies. Each of our therapists offer free, no-obligation phone consultations to ensure you find the right fit for your child.