Your Child Can Thrive. We Can Help – Counselors and Therapists in Cambridge
Something being wrong with your child is every parent’s worst nightmare. Even the slightest cough or fever can strike fear in a mother or father’s heart.
When your child’s mental health is in question, that fear can be even greater.”
Mental health issues in your child can make it seem as if the child is not even the same person you loved to snuggle with and read books to at night. It can seem like the disorder has taken the child over, and made him or her into a person that the family barely recognizes. It can be troubling, to say the least.
You may have been struggling with your child for a long time, wondering if you should seek counseling, discussing the possibility with your loved ones. Alternatively, perhaps there has been a very sudden and traumatic incident in your lives and you wonder how you can pick up the pieces and return to normalcy. Or maybe your child is simply having trouble concentrating in school, and you feel that discussing some of these issues with a trained counselor would be helpful for your child to function at the best of their ability.
Why Consider Counseling for Your Child?
There are many reasons that parents seek counseling or therapy for their child, and the professionals at Thriveworks Cambridge Child Therapy are prepared to help with any of these causes. Most parents take their children for check-ups at the doctor, remind them to wash their hands and brush their teeth, but how many parents seriously consider their child’s mental health?
It is easy to neglect this area of your child’s well being, but you can make a change today.
Perhaps your child’s teacher or a guidance counselor at school is suggesting that counseling is needed for your child. We understand that it is never easy to hear that your child is anything but perfect, but you can find a trusted partner in your child’s mental health with Thriveworks Cambridge Child Therapy.
We also understand that each child’s needs are different. Even if two children are having similar issues, varying ages (for example) can dramatically affect the course of therapy. Know that our therapists have the necessary skills and experience to be able to positively interact with your child, no matter his or her challenges, age or temperament.
The reasons that parents pursue counseling for their child vary:
- Autism concerns or diagnosis
- ADHD/ADD concerns or diagnosis
- Disruptive behavior in school
- Abuse or neglect
- Violent or criminal behavior
- Life change, such as parent’s divorce
- Trouble with bullying
- Addictions to drugs or alcohol
- Eating disorders
- Loss of a loved one
- Difficulties with friends
- Emotional or psychological problems
- Bipolar disorder
This is by no means a comprehensive list, so you may not have seen the reason that you are considering therapy for your child.
Just like with adults, children are affected by an array of mental and emotional struggles, but getting to the heart of those issues can be often more challenging with a child because of communication barriers. A sullen teenager, for example, may not initially want to be in the room with a counselor at all, so it’s imperative that you find a therapist who has experience overcoming the unique challenges present to counseling children an adolescents, someone who knows how to foster an open and honest environment where effective communication and growth are possible.
As parents, we understand that children go through many stages as they grow and mature. Sometimes this very act of growing creates issues that are difficult to deal with at home. A skilled counselor can help parents and children navigate the waters of change and maturity with hopefully less yelling, slamming of doors and screaming matches.
There is no need to struggle alone with your child’s problems by yourself. Professional care is available as soon as today.
Child Therapy Methods
Working with children has unique challenges and differences from working with adults. Not all therapists or counselors are educated and prepared on how to best work with children. Even with children that are nonverbal, who cannot simply explain what they’re going through, we can help them share how they are feeling and what may be bothering them.
Methods of child therapy may include:
- Traditional talk therapy
- Behavior modification techniques
- Play therapy
- Family therapy
- Teaching relaxation methods
- Cognitive and behavioral therapy
- Art therapy
- Narrative therapy
- Teaching coping methods
- Identifying and treating underlying medical issues
- Identifying and treating underlying psychological issues
Thriveworks counselors will be able to create a specialized blend of these methods to be able to best help your child. It may take some trial and error to determine what your child is most comfortable with in the counseling office, but we are committed to finding the best way for him or her to communicate.
It is not always easy to help children communicate their deepest and most private thoughts and feelings, but it is always worth the effort. Thriveworks counselors and therapists will help your child learn to communicate more clearly, and create opportunities for positive change.
Why Choose Thriveworks for Your Child?
When you were choosing your child’s pediatrician, you probably did some research, talked with people you trusted, and maybe even interviewed different choices. With child therapy, there is not always the same level of openness and discussion.
Many parents may be apprehensive to share their experiences, or want to keep the topic private. For this reason, it can be difficult to find a child therapist that you trust. When you conducted the search that brought you to this page, you were most likely inundated with choices.
You may feel exhausted, overwhelmed, and confused. We understand, and want you to make a well-informed decision.”
Thriveworks Cambridge counselors and therapists are leaders in their field. We only hire the best. Our counselors have been featured in many academic journals and reputable news outlets such as CNN, The Journal of Mental Health Counseling, Counseling Today and The Boston Globe.
Our counselors are ready to help with whatever your child is dealing with, whether at home or at school. Whether they are simply having trouble navigating the social scene at school or if you fear that they may be suffering from a serious psychological disorder, we are here to help.
At Thriveworks, we pride ourselves on not operating with a waiting list. We understand that it may be very difficult for you to make that first call for your child. It may be a decision you have been struggling with for quite some time. We have appointments available in the next 24 hours for most new clients.
We are just a phone call or a message away. We are ready and able to help you and your child process and cope, and function and thrive in home and school.
It would be our honor to walk with you on this journey of healing.