Child & Teen Counseling
Maybe your child has been struggling with their anger. They may be easily frustrated, have tantrums and outburst or ignore everything you have to say. Or your child might be experiencing anxiety, be afraid to try new things, have fears and get caught in a cycle of worried behavior. Or maybe your child has started to withdraw from the things that they used to enjoy, has been isolating themselves from peers, and your child seems irritable and cries easily. Or maybe your child struggles with focus, impulsivity and friendship issues. Or maybe your family went through a recent life transition, such as divorce or starting at a new school or they experienced a trauma.
Maybe your teenager has been struggling. The teenage years can be rough on parents and teens alike. As teens start to differentiate themselves from the family and navigate social relationships and pressures, they may feel out of place, irritable, depressed or anxious. Furthermore, middle school and high school are times where academic pressures increase. These are all factors that can wear on a teen’s self-esteem and self-confidence. Also, as teens try to grapple with their independence, family communication may deteriorate.
At Whole Child Neuro, we can help your child or teen navigate through these difficulties. We utilize cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), collaborative problem solving techniques, and other approaches in our work with children, teens and families. We help kids and teens recognize that anger is a secondary emotion that often masks another feeling underneath, help them identify and anticipate triggers to their anger, and help them identify and communicate negative emotions more effectively. We help kids and teens develop coping strategies to their anxiety, help them conquer their perfectionistic tendencies, and build relaxation and mindfulness skills to calm themselves should their worries surface. We help kids and teens build their self-esteem and self-confidence, help them communicate their thoughts, feelings and emotions, help them reframe negative thinking patterns, and help them develop coping skills to improve focus, stay on task and decrease impulsive behaviors. We help kids and teens process trauma, regain a sense of control, and look to the future with hope as they heal the past. Every child is unique, and every counseling session will be catered to the specific child and his or her situation.