Therapy for children and teenagers

A huge challenge for parents can be trying to manage their child’s behavior, especially when it’s unclear as to why a child is acting out, and why it can’t get it under control. Sometimes it can be hard for younger children to express themselves in a way that accurately reflects their feelings, and older children may opt-out of sharing their feelings.

As a parent of a teenager, you may be relying on your teen’s changed behavior for clues as to what is going on under the surface. If you’re struggling with this as a parent, you’re not alone. Many parents struggle with this.

If your child or teenager can’t express themselves through words, they may be able to learn how to through therapy, play therapy, sand therapy, and other creative therapies.

Does my child need therapy?

Therapy can help your child in a multitude of ways. Children and teenagers can experience anxiety, depression, worry, and stress for a variety of different reasons. Whether it be that your family is in crisis and that has a strong effect on your child, or external factors triggering stress in your child, it’s important to understand the cause and begin treating your child’s symptoms.

Behavioral issues can manifest themselves in many different ways. If your child is acting out at home, in public, or at school, it may be time to seek professional help. This can happen as a result of undiagnosed ADHD, social anxiety, or other underlying health conditions. This is not a reflection on whether or not you are doing a good job as a parent. Getting your child help when they need is a sign of good parenting.

What are art and play therapy?

Therapy for children doesn’t work the same as it does for adults. They process and experience things differently. Children communicate better through play and art, which is why we use this approach in therapy.

In therapy with your child, we structure play and art therapy so that your child can express and confront what is troubling them. Our practitioners work to develop a connection with your child and help him or her learn how to better cope with emotions at their level. Children feel emotions intensely, but are able to learn age-appropriate coping skills. When your child develops skills to cope with emotions, they will be better able to focus energy on other important things, such as learning in school or developing friendships with peers. 

We know from research that it takes an enormous amount of energy to cope with strong emotions. When a child is struggling this way, they have little energy left to do anything else. In therapy, your child is included in determining their goals so they can feel that they are a big part of the process, engaged in learning what they need to feel better and succeed in life.

Helping your child or teenager process emotions, finding out what is troubling them, and helping you manage their behavior are just some of the goals of therapy with your child.

What to expect in therapy

Our first meeting will be with the parents or guardians to hear the history of the child. For children aged 12+, the first meeting may also include the child if it is appropriate. Depending on your situation, parents may continue in therapy periodically with the child.

If your child is a foster care child, this initial session will just be with the child. We will be focusing not just on supporting your child but on healing your relationship as parents with your child. We create a warm, safe environment for children and teens to express their emotions and work towards living a happier, healthier life. 

Reach out today

If your child needs professional help, reach out today. Make the best choice for your child and reach out to Trinity Counseling and Consulting.