Have you been having difficulties communicating with your elementary-aged child or your teenager?
Does your child have difficulty expressing his or her frustrations, feelings, or needs?
Perhaps your child has been struggling in school and at home as a result of being unable to focus and pay attention to your requests and instructions.
He or she may feel misunderstood by adults, including teachers and parents. Maybe this misunderstanding has resulted in isolation, low self-esteem, depression, or anxiety in your child, as well as an inability to self-regulate their feelings.
He or she may be expressing these frustrations through unwanted behaviors, leading to meltdowns and other aggressive expressions of emotion.
You may be watching them flounder and feel unsure about how to help. Maybe your child even resists whenever you try to get involved.
Perhaps your child no longer wants to go to school and avoids doing their homework, resulting in an increase of arguments. You may have concerns about their ability to connect with their peers, but don’t know how to address them without seeming like you’re prying.
Maybe your child is struggling with being bullied or has an undiagnosed condition making their social life difficult, such as ADHD. You may not know how to bring it up without making him or her feel alienated.
Do you wish you had a better understanding of how your child thinks and feels? Are you ready to make a step toward improving the lines of communication?
We can help you child with the following issues:
- ADHD- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
- Behavioral Difficulties
- Depression or Mood Issues
- Low Self-Esteem
- Social Issues
- Loss & Grief
- Family Problem
- School Issues
- Self Injury
And so much more.
A child/adolescent therapist can help you help your child cope with some of the issues he or she is dealing with on a daily basis.
Struggles In School And Problems At Home Are Nothing New For Children And Teenagers
As a parent, you may be wondering what you did wrong or what you should be doing differently. The truth is, you may not be doing anything wrong at all. It’s quite possible that your child is struggling as a result of undiagnosed ADD, ADHD, or some other mental health issue.
But even if that’s not the case, the growing up process is challenging on its own. Part of growing up means, at certain points, feeling like few people understand you—especially as children struggle to fully understand themselves. This is all normal and expected.
Still, as a parent, it’s natural that you want to understand what your child or teen is going through and don’t want to be shut out.
A licensed children and teen therapist can help you build stronger communication with your child and identify triggers for their anger and frustration. With children and teen therapy, you can learn valuable problem-solving skills to get through the tough times and understand your child better.
Children And Teen Therapy Can Help Parents Of Teenagers
Obviously, you want your child to be able to do well in school and with their friends. And your child likely wants to be understood by both their peers and authority figures.
Family is the medicine for children and teenagers as they struggle through life. We can help them succeed and overcome the struggles and obstacles that are affecting the way they behave at home, at school, and in the community.
As children and teen therapists, we offer a safe, confidential, and judgment-free space for you to hear your child share their struggles and concerns freely. Our aim is to help facilitate a dialogue so you can both be fully heard and develop workable solutions which benefit you both.
We will also help you (the parent) learn to improve your communication strategies so you can listen better to your child without rushing to conclusions or projecting your own childhood experiences onto theirs.
Together, we will establish your child’s true needs and how you can ensure they are being met. Additionally, we can help you establish healthy and appropriate boundaries with your child. We can teach you how to discern when it is appropriate to ask more questions and when it is best to give your child space and privacy.
More than just offering parenting tips, we can help you evaluate your parenting techniques and discipline strategies and learn to respond to your child’s feelings constructively instead of simply reacting to them. This includes understanding your child’s struggles from his or her perspective, without talking over them or presuming to know exactly how they feel.
By participating in children and teen therapy, you and your child can develop a healthier, more functional relationship. If your child is in need of additional help, we can develop a plan for long-term treatment as well. Overall, my goal is to create a healthier atmosphere so your child can thrive at home, with friends, and in the classroom, as he or she was meant to do.
You May Have Some Concerns About Children And Teen Therapy…
Therapy is for crazy people, and my child isn’t crazy.
It’s unfortunate that therapy has a stigma attached to it, because many of our clients have benefited from it. They report healthier relationships and more effective communication skills. We believe that every family should have someone supporting them through a difficult time. For many families, it’s easier to have an unbiased third party play that role than someone they already know.
My child doesn’t want to come to therapy.
As the parent, you can still start the process to improve communication even if you come to therapy alone. We can help you improve your relationship with your child by learning about him or her through your perspective, what your goals and concerns are, and what needs you want to address.
My partner or spouse doesn’t want to come.
Our advice would be to explain to him or her that complete family support is in the best interest of your child. The therapy process is much easier when both parents are united together and on the same page. But if your co-parent doesn’t want to come, it’s still valuable for you to show up alone, as this will enable you to learn valuable communication skills that can still improve your overall family dynamic.
Schedule Your Appointment For Children And Teen Therapy
If you and your child are ready to improve your relationship with the assistance of an experienced children and teen therapist, we offer a free 15-minute consultation by phone. You can reach us at 203-558-1074 or through the contact page on our website.