Durham Child and Teen Counseling

Child and Teen Therapy—Counselors and Coaches in Durham, NC

Childhood is the time we start to discover ourselves. The time for us to learn what we’re interested in, what we’re good at, and ultimately what makes us happy. Self-expression—whether it be through art, music, a sport, or another outlet—is one way a child or teen can distinguish themselves from his or her peers and begin their path to becoming independent. But again, it takes some time to figure that stuff out. Not to mention, at the same time, kids are made to test boundaries, to make mistakes, and to learn as they go.

In sum, adolescence is a tricky stage of life. Kids often have a whole lot to juggle without enough hands to juggle them—that’s where child or adolescent therapy comes in. This form of counseling is made to help children better understand and manage issues that arise, from stress to mental health conditions and difficulties at home or school. The child counselors and therapists at Thriveworks Counseling in Durham who specialize in working with children understand how these young minds work and are able to break down a problem in a way that makes sense to them. If you think your child could benefit from working with a counselor or therapist—maybe they’re showing signs of a mental illness, they’re struggling to handle school stress, or they’ve recently lost a loved one—reach out to Thriveworks. Our counselors and therapists are eager and able to help.

Who Can Benefit from Child Therapy?

Think about it: it’s often hard for us adults to experience, understand, and work through our feelings. Imagine how tough this must be for children and teens. Fortunately, child therapy is designed to guide them in doing so—whether it’s a 15-year-old boy dealing with the hurt from his parents’ divorce, a young girl who’s lonely at a new school, or a kid who exhibits signs of depression and anxiety. The list is never-ending, but here are common issues kids present in child therapy:

  • Moving to a new town
  • Attending a new school
  • Death of a loved one
  • Addiction in the family
  • Divorced parents
  • Mental illness
  • Abuse
  • Trauma
  • Bullying

In any which case, the main goal of child therapy is to provide kids with the tools they need to manage issues that arise and better deal with stressors. The Durham counselors and therapists will dedicate their efforts to accomplish this mission and ultimately help your child live happier.

Does My Child Need Therapy?

As detailed above, child therapy can help kids and teens in a variety of ways. But there are certain behaviors to watch out for that may signify your child is seriously suffering or could seriously suffer in the near future. With so many ways for your child to express themselves it can be unclear what these harmful behaviors are and which behaviors are simply part of your child’s natural propensity. Durham child counselors know that there is no clear line separating the two. They also know that sometimes the behaviors commonly seen in childhood are exaggerated in a mental illness, making it difficult to navigate the gray area. Because of the confusion and misconceptions out there, we have put together a list of signs to watch for in your child that may indicate a larger problem:

  1. A prolonged change—something that’s not just a reaction to a specific situation or a phase
  2. Behavior change that causes your child to withdraw from friends, activities or family
  3. Aggression or deviance that leads to consequences from school or police authorities
  4. A fearful response to people or situations that he or she were not fearful of in the past
  5. Unexplained cuts, scratches, or bruises that re-occur or never truly heal

If you observe one or more of these signs in your child or teen your next step should be to set up an appointment with a Durham child counselor. Their role is to further assess the behaviors your child is exhibiting and help alter those behaviors so they no longer negatively impact his or her life. Durham child counselors will determine how deeply the problem is rooted and the causes behind them. They are trained to be solution-focused and will work with your child and family to find the right strategies that work for him or her.

Schedule an Appointment at Thriveworks Counseling in Durham Today

Child therapy can help kids better maneuver and enjoy life in adolescence. As we delved into earlier, it helps those suffering from the harmful effects of mental illness, divorced parents, a low self-esteem, a tough move, and more.

We want you and your child or teen to get the care that they need. If child therapy is something you want to pursue or learn more about, call Thriveworks Counseling in Durham at (919) 629-3854. Our caring providers are ready and excited to walk alongside your child in dealing with difficult feelings, adopting healthier behaviors, and ultimately living a happier life.

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Abena Bediako

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I worked with Abena Bediako as a Victim Advocate when she was the contract CIT clinician at our local police department. She is very knowledgeable in every aspect of therapy and crisis intervention. She is tremendously receptive to your needs and ideas, and always provides great insights when problem solving. Abena is very easy to work with and always encouraged my creativity in developing community outreach projects that addressed the needs of special populations within our community. Abena is a wonderful person to work with and makes you comfortable in addressing problems by encouraging you to be part of the solution.
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Getting comfortable with unknowns!

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Madina has been so helpful to me in working through anxiety! She’s very straightforward, and has allowed me to see patterns that have really impacted how I’m living in the world, and to start to challenge them. I can honestly say that I have changed more in the year I’ve been seeing her than in decades of previous therapy experiences. She is an exceptional mental health professional!
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Anthony Marino

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Anthony has been the most helpful counselor I’ve met. I’d definitely refer friends and family to him.
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Dr. Lundy

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Dr. Lundy proved to be everything I had heard about her abilities to connect, relate and counsel individuals who had been broken during life's journey. She maintained her professionalism throughout our sessions even when I was a total wreck. She was a Godsend and I thank her for all she has done to help me.
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Request Giles!

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I am a Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and have had the pleasure of working alongside Giles Christman. Giles is an outstanding therapist, which his clients can attest to- but what I'd like to provide feedback on is what clients don't see. Giles goes above and beyond to identify resources for each client's need(s), including assisting the client in overcoming any barriers in accessing those resources. Giles exemplifies a holistic, compassionate therapist- I highly recommend him to assist you on your wellness journey.
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Dulcie is kind and easy to relate to.

★★★★★
I have been speaking with Dulcie for a few months now and i have found her advice and coaching to be extremely helpful. Since I have started working with Dulcie i have found myself to be able to identify situations and reasonably work through them in a better manner. I would recommend her services to anyone in need of life guidance.
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Much Appreciation

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"Dr. Dee" listened and helped me through what I felt was the most difficult time in my life...divorce. Her guidance and words of encouragement inspired me to continue to be strong and move forward. Thanks for much Dr. Dee!
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Excellent experience

★★★★★
I had a wonderful experience working with Dulcie. She is kind, thoughtful, sincere and honest. She helped me a great deal with a very positive outcome! She manages to remain very professional while you feel like you are talking to a long time friend :)
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Client

★★★★★
I am so glad Dr. Dee returned to Durham!
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Exceeded Expectations!

★★★★★
Dr. DeJuan Lundy exceeded all expectations. She is an active listener, solutions oriented, and has a way of helping you feel empowered and capable. So thankful that Thriveworks has a quality person like her on their team!
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Compliment

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DeJuan Lundy is a pleasure to talk to. She listens intently and provides great feedback. She makes you feel comfortable.
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Thriveworks Works

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Thriveworks offers easy set ups and times that work around your schedule. We have been so pleased with our growth through our time with our Thriveworks counciler and have recommended the service to several friends.
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Great atmosphere, even better therapists!

★★★★★
I’ve been seeing Dulcie for close to a year now and she is amazing! She gives me her undivided attention at every session and gives advice that is easily applied to my everyday life. I’ve seen several different therapists throughout the years, and Dulcie has been the best for me. She is very personable and easy to talk to. I would recommend her to anyone that is seeking therapy!
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Great counselor!

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I am currently seeing Dulcie Garrett for talk therapy. I found her through my spouses insurance, and based on her bio I had a strong feeling she would be a good fit. I am bipolar and use talk therapy to help with coping skills, goal planning, relationship building, and numerous other things. Dulcie has been an amazing sounding board that helps keep me focused, and on track. I can't say enough good things about her!
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Great Location and Great Counselor

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When looking for career counseling I found Thriveworks and their Durham location fit the bill, perfectly. The location was easy to get to and my counselor, Dulcie, was a great listener with sound advice and innovative in ways to help me determine what my next career could be. I wish I would have known Thriveworks and its counseling services were located in the Durham area and available to me earlier in my search.
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The Perfect Balance

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Dulcie is exactly the counselor I was looking for! As a Christian, I wanted someone who understood my faith, but I also wanted our sessions to be grounded in science. Dulcie has been able to provide a balance of both spiritual guidance and practical exercises grounded in tried-and-true techniques. There have been times when I have been particularly upset in a session and Dulcie has texted me the next day to check in, which I really appreciate. I am sad to be moving out of town-- I wish I could bring her with me!
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Dulcie – Review

★★★★★
I met Dulcie in February and she is honestly the best therapist ever! This is my first time ever working with a therapist and she really listens and helps me to walk through any situation I present to her during our sessions. Anyone who receives her as a therapist is lucky to have her! I cannot thank her enough.
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Very helpful and compassionate

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Dulcie is a fantastic listener and offers helpful and thoughtful advice. She strikes a great balance between saying what needs to be said and doing so in a compassionate manner. I would highly recommend working with Dulcie!
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Great Care & Validation

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I’ve been seeing Dulcie Garrett since October 2018, and it’s remarkable how much my life has improved. I came to see her as I was beginning to work through my separation and divorce. I discovered that I was not just in an unhappy relationship but she was able to see and help me validate for myself, behavior in my marriage that indicated how unhealthy the relationship actually was for me. I was very scared to leave my ex in the beginning and was trying to work through that, while focusing on my kids. I knew what I needed to do but needed someone to talk with as I moved through the process. She listened to me and helped me understand my needs were important. She helped me rediscover my old self that I had locked away. Most importantly, she taught me why boundaries were so important to establish for myself and my children. Through our conversations, I felt my confidence grow and my feelings were validated. I started to trust my own instincts more. Nine months later, I am happily separated, my divorce details are being finalized and I was able to clearly communicate what I wanted, stand up for myself and feel confident in my future. Dulcie has been an amazing support to me through this process, and being able to talk with her and have her validate things I thought were wrong, have helped me immensely. She has been a lifesaver to me!
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Dulcie

★★★★★
Dulcie was very open-minded and nonjudgmental, willing to meet me where I was with all my quirks and complexities rather than try to fit me neatly into a category. Where some other counselors were very quick to provide advice, Dulcie instead provided empathy and understanding, helping me work towards solutions that were somewhat unconventional but right for me.
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Your ED information

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Great Experience

★★★★★
Very fulfilling and helpful. Came away with practical tools to deal with my issues/concerns. Sarah Morris is very compassionate and reasonable , would highly recommend her.
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Dulcie Garrett

★★★★★
I have known Dulcie since our college days. She has always been a great listener and is non-judgmental with her responses. Dulcie has had a wide variety of work experiences in her years as a counselor. She is family oriented and completely dedicated to those she serves in her work. For many years, Dulcie has been my Friend/Counselor, and I would recommend her to anyone needing a listening ear and guidance.
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First Session

★★★★★
Just finished my first session, and so far so good!
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