We are here for your family.
Therapy is for everyone, your children included.
Every parent will tell you: your little ones are like an extension of yourself. When our kids are happy and savoring life, the world feels brighter! When they reach new milestones, grow, and thrive, we feel pride for their accomplishments as if they were our own.
Parenting runs smoothly when life goes well for your children. But when they suffer, their pain becomes your own. Parents often feel stuck, overwhelmed, and unsure how to help. How can you take this pain away? What can you do to make them feel better?
Perhaps your kid has been acting out, dealing with anger and mood issues. Maybe they have been struggling at school and other activities. Or maybe your family is going through something stressful, difficult, or life-changing.
No matter what you and your family are going through, we are here to help. Every family deserves support, and many parents feel frustrated or at a loss as to what to do next.
What is therapy for children?
Therapy for children (also called play therapy) is an effective treatment when children have behavioral, emotional, or social issues.
Some of the most common reasons parents seek therapy for their children include difficulties related to mental health issues such as:
- ADD/ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder)
- Self Harm
- Mood Dysregulation
Additionally, many parents have their children work with a therapist to help them overcome the challenges of major life stressors:
- Divorce and separation
- Death of a loved one or pet
- Bullying and academic issues
- Moving to a new place
Therapy for children is different from adult therapy as children express themselves differently. Therapy for your child may also involve the parents and caregivers. Your child’s therapist is here to support and guide the family so that things get better as quickly as possible. Most sessions will include some involvement from parents and caregivers as well as some one on one time with the therapist.
How do I know if my child needs therapy?
You know your child better than anyone. That being said, signs of their mental health issues may go unnoticed or be entirely misunderstood.
Now, this does not speak any less about your caregiving abilities. The reality is that symptoms of anxiety, depression, and distress appear differently in kids compared to adults. For example, depression may present as irritability or anger outbursts in little ones.
So, how can you tell if your child needs therapy? Be on the lookout for these common warning signs:
If your child is experiencing any of these issues, you do not have to wait any longer. When left untreated, these problems can worsen and negatively impact your child’s growth and development.
How can therapy help my child?
Therapy can help you and your child in three main ways:
#1 – Assess the source of the problem
An accurate diagnosis of your child’s mental health is critical, as symptoms may present themselves in similar ways for different issues. For example, irritability could be a symptom of anxiety, depression, ADHD, or trauma. The first therapy session involves an assessment, of the presenting concerns which allows therapists to identify the cause of what your child is experiencing and prepare a tailored treatment for better results.
#2 – Offer a safe space
It is not always easy for children to open up to their parents or caregivers, especially if they are confused about what they are going through or worried about judgment. Therapy for children provides a safe space for your kid to explore and talk about their thoughts and feelings while learning how to express their needs.
#3 – Encourage growth
Therapists will monitor your child’s progress and make recommendations to address their problem and encourage positive growth. As children evolve in therapy, those around them will likely notice that they are more self-aware, develop confidence, and acquire healthy coping mechanisms to handle their struggles.
What is therapy for children like at New Beginnings Psych?
We care about you and your family. Our goal is to help you and your child experience an enjoyable childhood and to set the foundation for a fulfilling future.
Our team of compassionate and professional therapists uses multiple treatment strategies, including Cognitive-Behavioral, Neurobiological, and Child-Centered Play Therapy.
Not sure how to convince your child to come to therapy? Tell them they will see a “talking doctor,” called a therapist, who will help them understand their thoughts and emotions to feel better at home and school. Perhaps spark their curiosity by telling them their therapist will also play and do art projects with them in the process!
Do not wait to get the support your child needs. You both deserve the opportunity to overcome challenges and build a brighter life.
Let us help make that a reality!