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Is Your Child Struggling To Control Their Emotions? 

Are you having communication issues with your child? Do they have trouble expressing how they feel without crying or yelling? Have they been falling behind in school or struggling to make friends?

Maybe your little one is dealing with anger, sadness, anxiety, or even trauma. But because they can’t articulate how they feel, you’re at a loss for how to help them. As a result, you may feel like all your conversations with them just go in circles. You try and try to offer support, but that just makes them more upset and pushes them away. 

Your Child May Suffer From Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Or Relationship Issues 

Your child’s struggles might stem from school, relationships, and any other number of issues. Maybe they feel too much pressure to keep up good grades. Perhaps they don’t have many friends and spend all their time with technology. They may have sensory difficulties related to taste, touch, or sound—they’re overly picky with food, the clothing they wear, etc. Perhaps they’re suffering from depression, anxiety, or ADHD. 

Deep down, you probably just wish you had someone to help you manage your child’s difficulties. Here at Serenity Wellness & Counseling, we recognize that you’re doing the best you can and that’s why we’re here to support you and your child. Our goal of child therapy is to give you new parenting skills and help your child feel heard and loved. 

Many Children Have Trouble Communicating Their Feelings 

Parenting is hard. Lots of kids don’t know how to label their feelings or communicate what’s upsetting them. As a result, knowing how to support them isn’t easy. No matter how kind or loving you are, it’s hard to help your child if you don’t understand what their issues are.

Additionally, we live in a culture where children face an increasing amount of pressures from school, social media, and society at large. The pandemic has impacted a lot of kids’ social lives as well as their engagement with parents. Many parents started working from home, which means they’re around their children much more. Not surprisingly, this has caused a lot of parenting burnout and exhaustion. 

We understand that it’s hard to raise a child in today’s world. That’s why we’re here to support you. Our goal is to help your child develop new communication strategies and help you understand them on a deeper level.

Therapy Is A Chance For Your Child To Have Fun And Learn New Skills 

Let’s face it: the last thing your child needs is a place where they have to sit still, act proper, and hide their feelings. The good news is that child therapy with us is fun. We like to incorporate play therapy, art therapy, and other hands-on approaches into our work with children

Counseling is a safe space for your child to laugh, cry, vent, and be themselves without any fear of judgment or being told how to behave. We will help them talk through their frustrations, increase their self-awareness, and understand other people’s perspectives. 

What To Expect In Child Therapy Sessions

In the first session, we will generally have you join your child for however long is necessary. The goal is to make your child feel comfortable and gather information about their struggles. Although what your child shares with their therapist is confidential, we still want you to be very involved in their treatment plan. We provide parents with strategies about what to work on and can even do phone calls or parenting sessions here and there.

With your child, we will work on helping them learn about their emotional triggers and warning signs. When they have an intense emotion, we’ll ask them how it feels in the body. We want them to learn to name their feelings and understand their triggers so that they can communicate their needs clearly. 

We Want To Help You Strengthen Your Relationship With Your Child

A huge focus of therapy is helping you bridge communication differences between you and your child. We will slow everything down and focus on what each of you is feeling. For instance, if your child says they feel worried, we will ask you what you hear versus what your child feels. If you tell your child to do something and they get upset, we’ll ask them how they interpret what you say. This can help them learn to flip perspectives and allow both of you to feel more understood. 

No matter how stuck you feel right now, we encourage you to have patience. By working together and practicing strategies outside of sessions, we are confident that you can strengthen your bond with your little one and give them the emotional support they need. 

You May Have Some Questions About Child Therapy

 

I don’t think my kid will want to talk to a stranger about their issues.

Counseling is a two-way street—your child is free to express if they don’t like something. We provide lots of check-ins to make sure they feel comfortable. What’s more, most kids that come to therapy with us end up loving it here. They get to draw, play, and do whatever helps them express themselves. And there is no pressure to open up right away—we’ll go at whatever pace is comfortable for your child.

I’m afraid that my child will blame me and try to get me in trouble.

Counseling is not about pointing fingers. This is about helping your child overcome their stressors and giving you the strength to support them. We are not going to blame you for your child’s struggles. Besides, the fact that you are concerned about your relationship with your child shows that you care deeply for them. 

What if my child doesn’t want to go to counseling?

We can’t make your child go to therapy and we encourage them to make their own decision. That said, we recommend that they at least give it a try. Once they see this is a place to have fun and be themselves, we are confident that they’ll want to come back. 

Let Us Help You Strengthen Your Bond With Your Child 

If you want to deepen your relationship with your child and help them manage intense emotions, one of our counselors would love to connect with you. To get started, you can call 281-944-SWCC for a free 15-minute phone consultation or click on the button below and use the intake questionnaire. 

 

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