That’s amazing news, considering that’s the time in our lives we don’t remember.
Parenting is tough business. As parents, we fear messing up the job in a big way! And, because communication with children can be difficult, child counseling is often used with children because they lack the verbal and cognitive skills to communicate their feelings and thoughts with appropriate words.
Children are extremely imaginative and creative, so Child Counseling (Play Therapy) lets them express themselves in a way that feels natural, safe, and comfortable. Some kids are comfortable speaking to a child counselor from the beginning, while others open up after a few weeks of play. Even teens who think they are too old “to play” respond well to a combination of art therapy and traditional counseling.
Here’s the thing: An adult’s self-confidence and self-esteem is created during this very early stage of life. Therefore, we want to make sure all kids get a great start! We can do that with child therapy.
- Children develop a trusting attachment to their therapist so they can process through what they feel and what’s bothering them. In turn, this will increase self-esteem, increase self-confidence, and helps develop more self-control.
- Children learn new skills with the therapist, allowing them to practice healthier ways of interacting with peers and adults in real life.
- Children develop greater empathy and understanding of others, helping creating more respect and kindness in their everyday lives.
- Children learn better self-control when they realize they can freely express what they feel and what they need in productive ways.
- Children and parents both learn to understand each other more, so that the adults can better support and help their child.
Child Counseling (Play Therapy) can help with these issues:
- Decision making skills
- Self image
- Social skills
- Grief and loss
- Anxiety, worry, phobias
- School adjustment
- Anger management
- Attentional difficulties (ADHD)
- Cultural adjustment
- Family adjustment
- Behavioral concerns
- Learning disabilities
- Coping with violence
- Nervousness and Anxiety
- Sleeping difficulties