Child and Family Counseling

Child and Family Counseling

Children who experience learning or behavioral problems in school, have difficulty sleeping or eating, or constantly worry, fight, or cry may benefit from counseling. Major life changes such as loss or parental divorce can provoke confusing feelings in children and cause them to suffer internally and act out. A family’s history also plays an important role. Counseling involving the whole family helps us understand how the family relates to one another, so that effective language, roles, and rules can be instituted and practiced in the household.

In our model, the therapist gets to know the family and provides support through play therapy and other age-appropriate counseling techniques that help the child develop coping skills and emotional resilience. We incorporate parents into the treatment plan, so that they can provide intervention and additional support at home. In some cases, medication may be recommended. Here are some areas we have helped children with:

  • Loss and grief
  • Withdrawal
  • Anger and fighting in school
  • Attention problems and ADHD
  • Learning difficulties
  • Sleep disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Body image
  • Attachment disorders
  • Bullying
  • Fetal alcohol syndrome
  • Emotional or physical abuse
  • Temper tantrums
  • Trouble being alone
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder