Child and Teen Counseling
Live life with greater ease & less pain while finding joy.
As parents, we want the best for our children. When they hurt, we hurt. When they are struggling all we want to do is understand how to fix whatever is troubling them so they can feel better.
You learned how to do this and have been focused on doing this since the day your child was born. You figured out how to calm them down when they cried, feed them when they were hungry, and cared for them when they were wet, cold, and needed to be held and rocked.
As your child has grown it has become more challenging to know exactly what they need and at different times it has been difficult to figure out how to help them. Perhaps there have even been times you felt completely unsure how to help them.
Maybe your child has experienced a kind of pain that is unknown and new to you; one that you have never experienced and don’t quite know how to understand or help with. This has left you feeling uncertain, confused, and unprepared.
You may be experiencing a time when you are feeling completely apprehensive, lost, and have little idea what they are going through. You don’t know how they feel and wonder how to best help.
Sometimes as much as we want to be, we aren’t always the best person to help, nor the best person for our child to talk to about the things that are bothering them and causing them pain. That is when we need to find them someone they can talk to, trust, and someone who will listen and hear what they are saying as well as what they are unable to say.
Perhaps your child or teen is struggling with anxiety and it has been effecting how much they are able to interact with others and do the things they enjoy doing. You’ve noticed their fear, anxiety, worry, and nervousness within school situations, social activities, or family interactions. They tell you about the things they worry about and fear and they can’t seem to be reasoned with or calm down. They may worry about having to have everything perfect and to be perfect and don’t allow themselves to make a mistake.
Or maybe your child doesn’t handle change well, becomes fearful and overwhelmed at the thought of situations, schedules, or changed plans and can’t seem to emotionally get through these times without becoming fearful and upset. You realize their anxiety is more than what the typical childhood experiences and can see that your child is in pain. Yet all the things you’ve tried to do don’t seem to be enough.
We at Health and Healing Therapy have a therapist who specializes in treating children with anxiety and teens with anxiety.
It’s possible you’ve been wondering if there is something wrong with your child’s ability to focus. They can’t seem to keep track of their school assignments, their room is a mess, they lose things, and can’t stay focused when doing a task. They appear to be much more energetic and hyper than your other kids and you can’t remember them ever sitting still ever since they learned how to walk. You are feeling concerned and stressed because they don’t listen and aren’t learning well enough in school. Yet helping them with homework and getting them to sit still and focus, is stressful and exhausting.
Our child and adolescent therapist can help you sort through what is happening with your child or teen and work with them to build new skills so they can feel confident, secure, calm, and happy.
Therapy for Teens
Perhaps your teen has changed so much you aren’t even sure who they are anymore. Maybe you have caught them doing one or more of the following: lying, breaking your rules, saying awful things, skipping school, self-harming, drinking, or breaking curfew etc. The respect you want from them isn’t something they feel they should or need to give to you. You are concerned because sometimes they seem depressed and unhappy one minute and then the next minute they are angry, frustrated, and blame things on you and others. You are at a loss as to how to best help them through this difficult time and even if you knew how to try to help, they won’t talk to you…at least like they used to. You are not alone. Help is available and we can help both you and your teen get to a better place.
Now is the best time to reach out to someone who can help support you so you, in turn, can help and support your child or teen. Counseling offers a safe and supportive place for your child to identify their feelings, express their thoughts, explore their beliefs while examining their behaviors and decisions.
You can begin to feel relieved and hopeful knowing your child is receiving the help they need to grow, strive, and heal whatever is holding them back.
We at Health and Healing Therapy would like to partner with you to help your child work through whatever they are struggling with so they can begin to feel better about themselves and so they can experience the joy and fun that can be plentiful during childhood.
We look forward to helping you and your family create a happy and healthy life.
Call us at 630 864-7267 and schedule a therapy session for child counseling or teen counseling today.