Counseling for Children
Counseling for Children
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 care 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 and even ill-equipped as to 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. 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 who will listen and hear what they are saying as well as what they are unable to say.
Perhaps your child is struggling with anxiety and it has been affecting 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 child 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 therapists who specialize in treating children with the unique issues that children deal with. Many kids we work with struggle with…
- Depression, Sadness, and Grief
- Anxiety and Worry
- Attention & Focus Difficulties
- High Activity Level / Hyperactivity
- Bullying Behavior
- Social Interaction Difficulties
- Self Esteem Issues Due to Being Bullied
- Little Tolerance For Change & Flexibility
- Irrational Fears and Ruminating Thoughts
- Trauma and Abuse Issues
- Working Through Changes due to a Divorce
- Coping with a Parent’s Alcohol and/or Drug Problem
Our child therapists can help you sort through what is happening with your child and work with you and them to build new skills so they can feel confident, secure, calm, and happy.
Your Child Needs Your Commitment and Consistency
This is why we ask that you, the parent, make a commitment agreeing to ensure you and your child will make therapy a priority by attending counseling sessions weekly.
We also want you to realize that our therapists will do their best to connect to your child while building a safe place where your child can talk, express, challenge, and explore their thoughts, beliefs, confusion, emotions, and secrets.
Our Bartlett, Illinois, office provides child counseling services that focus on utilizing experiential therapy involving play, art, and games.
We adults need to remember that building trust and connection within any relationship takes time, and earning the trust of your child requires time together in a fun and interesting place.
They need to realize that we can be a trusted adult who won’t judge them – rather, we will wholeheartedly accept them. In order for us to get to know your child well and to do it successfully, we ask that you are patient with the process.
Health and Healing Therapy LLC, in Bartlett, Illinois, and its therapists who specialize in counseling children and teens deeply care about kids. We want the kids who we work with to know they are special, smart, accepted, enough, valued, amazing, and extremely cared about.
Contact us at (630) 864-7267 so we can begin to help your child connect to and embrace the AMAZING person they are.