Does Your Child Suffer With Anxiety, Stress And Sadness?
Does your child have anxieties or fears related to school or other social environments? Is your child irrationally upset when an expected plan changes? Does your child experience separation anxiety when he or she is not with you? Perhaps you have received concerning reports from teachers or fellow parents about your child’s unusual behavior. Does he or she regularly act out in class or struggle to keep up academically, socially or emotionally?
Parenting can be incredibly rewarding, but is not without its difficulties. Seeing your child anxious or in pain can be extremely stressful and tough to cope with, especially when the stress appears to originate from within. It may be that your daughter feels anxious and confused about a school project or a sport. Your son’s physical ailments may seem to escalate when he feels under pressure. While you feel his or her pain and hate to see your child suffering, you may not know where to turn. Do you simply want to help your child cope with life’s stressors, so that he or she can live with more joy, resilience and peace?
It’s Normal For Some Children To Require Additional Support
Young, school-aged children are often faced with new challenges and adjustments in their routine that can be stressful for them. Going to school for longer periods of time, starting new extracurricular activities, making new friends, or meeting Mom or Dad’s new significant other for the first time are all exciting, but can also be anxiety provoking. Many children need coaching to learn the skills needed to manage their stress, reduce the physical symptoms of anxiety and learn techniques for positive self-talk. You know that your child can thrive, but he or she has to know it, too.
Most parents will try anything to help their child. But it’s not always easy to do so. When a child is struggling, parents often become worried and sad, too. Some parents experience feeling angry or helpless to change the situation. This is why outside support and guidance can make such a difference during difficult times. A child therapist can provide objective insight and perspective that family members may not see. And, children do not live in a vacuum; the family plays a large role in their mental health. Sometimes stress from other parts of the family, like a death, a special-needs sibling, or a move, impacts a child in curious ways. You or your child might not have the insight into the source of his or her stress. Other times, you may know exactly what the problem is but feel powerless to fix it. In child counseling sessions, together we will process through your child’s feelings, offer support and guide her towards solutions.
Child Counseling Can Help Your Child Grow With Self-Love, Strength And Resilience
Here at Rocky Mountain Counseling, we can help your child identify how he or she thinks, feels and acts, through the following clinical strategies.
We focus on two pillars when working with you and your child. The first pillar is a strong therapeutic relationship that is based on trust. Without this foundation, counseling is simply ineffective. Our team is comprised of talented therapists who pride themselves on being able to connect and build trusting relationships with their young clients.
The second pillar is empowering your child to develop and hone more effective coping skills. With therapy, your child will explore and learn the coping skills that work best for him or her. This can be done through therapies that your child will have lots of choice in, such as play therapy, therapy involving parent support and training, or experiential therapy. If your child wants to draw, go for a walk or play a game while engaging in therapy, these activities will help foster the therapeutic conversation and develop trust. These types of therapy help children feel most comfortable, and naturally help them to process and work through their struggles more easily.
You may still have questions or concerns about child counseling…
Will therapy really help?
While therapy is not a magic wand, it can be highly effective in conjunction with other resources, such as working with teachers and implementing a family-wide therapy plan. Of course there are no guarantees, but many parents value therapy as an important resource to take charge of and manage child depression and anxiety.
Isn’t therapy expensive?
When considering therapy for your child, it’s a good idea to recognize it as a worthwhile investment in your family’s health and happiness. And, therapy doesn’t have to be forever. Child therapy can be three to six months, a year, or longer, dependent on what you want and can afford. While some people value the support of ongoing therapy, three to six months of focused therapy can often be more effective than intermittent sessions over a longer period of time.
Maybe my child’s sadness, anxiety or problem behavior is just a phase?
If you believe that your child is sad, anxious or depressed, the underlying cause is unlikely to go away if left unaddressed. While you can wait to see if anything changes, it’s preferable to seek help as soon as possible in order to best help your child overcome challenges and get back to enjoying his or her childhood. If you’re not sure whether your child would benefit from additional support, you can always talk to a school counselor and get his or her experienced, professional opinion before deciding to seek therapy.
If your child could use extra therapeutic support, call Rocky Mountain Counseling at (720) 252-0345 or email info@RM3C.com today. In your free 30-minute phone consultation, we can answer any questions you may have and set up an initial meeting where you and your child can relax in a comfortable environment and better understand the benefits of working with a child therapist.