What are the signs that a child/teen may benefit from seeing a counselor?
- Anxiety and stress
- Episodes of sadness, tearfulness or depression
- Learning or attention problems (such as ADHD)
- Behavioral problems (such as excessive anger, acting out, bedwetting or eating disorders)
- A significant drop in grades, particularly if your child normally maintains high grades
- Social withdrawal or isolation
- Being the victim of bullying or bullying other children
- Decreased interest in previously enjoyed activities
- Overly aggressive behavior (such as biting, kicking or hitting)
- Sudden changes in appetite (particularly in adolescents)
- Insomnia or increased sleepiness
- Excessive school absenteeism or tardiness
- Mood swings (e.g., happy one minute and upset the next)
- Development of or an increase in physical complaints (such as headaches, stomach aches or not feeling well) despite a normal physical exam by a doctor
- Management of a serious, acute or chronic illness
- Signs of alcohol, drug or other substance use (such as solvents or prescription drug abuse)
- Problems in transitions (following separation, divorce or relocation)
- Therapy following sexual, physical or emotional abuse or other traumatic events
- Developmental delay in speech, language or toilet training
Why should I choose Grace Point for child/teen counseling?
Our team of professionals is dedicated to providing practical tools to help parents and children find simple and effective solutions to mental health problems. Every child has moments of defiance, anger and adjustment problems, but more than one in 20 American children exhibit out-of-control behavioral problems. Our therapy and counseling assists the child in developing emotional, social and behavioral skills that are key to personal and social success. Parents learn strategies for establishing clear patterns of discipline and communicating with children on their level, thereby reducing family stress.
Our professionals provide specific coping skills for children in a variety of life situations: stress, anxiety, ADHD, anger management, siblings, blended families, divorce, grief, depression, school related issues, social concerns and trauma. We make the appropriate referral for medication management, if needed, to our committed pediatricians and psychiatrists that specialize in treatment for children. Our goal is to provide the most appropriate intervention for your child’s mental health needs.
What is play therapy for children?
Play therapy is a way for children to express feelings and conflicts through play rather than talking. Developmentally, children do not have the abstract thinking skills necessary to verbally express life’s experiences. Play therapy utilizes the natural behavior and self-expression of children – play! Using specific toys, the play therapist guides children towards emotional growth and self-control. Children learn to understand and express their feelings, develop problem-solving skills, reach new developmental milestones, develop coping skills, improve social skills and experience growth in a safe environment.
Play therapy may be especially beneficial for children who:
- Have experienced a traumatic or upsetting event (death of a friend or family member, accidents, natural disasters, divorce, abuse, etc.)
- Experience anger or self-control problems
- Experience anxiety or depression
- Exhibit low self-esteem or a low level of initiative
- Have nightmares
- Have separation anxiety
- Have been diagnosed with ADD/ADHD
- Have difficulty expressing themselves
Parents and primary caregivers play an important role in healing and growth for their child. Through parent consultation and training, the therapist helps parents learn to improve their parenting, understand their child better and ultimately establish a loving and supportive relationship with him/her.
Who are Grace Point’s counselors specializing in child/teen counseling?
What do clients say about counseling and administration at Grace Point?
Clients say their connection to Grace Point counselors set them at ease, made them comfortable in sharing and helped them reach their counseling goals. They also report they appreciate talking with a live receptionist and that financial concerns are handled with sensitivity, timeliness and respect. They would recommend Grace Point to their family and friends!