Franklin Child Therapy

Child Therapy – Child Therapists and Counselors in Franklin, MA

There are thoughts and feelings, such as anxiety, depression, compulsive behaviors, suicidal thoughts, that we would hope that any adult would never have to experience. Unfortunately, these are not only experiences that occur to adults but children as well.

A parent witnessing their child’s suffering through such distress can be experiencing an overwhelming sense of pain that can be extremely unsettling. It may be difficult for a parent to focus on anything other than to provide help for your child. The mental health and well-being for that child is the utmost concern for that parent.

Unfortunately, children are as vulnerable to traumatic events as adults are. However, because of their under developed coping mechanisms, they are ill equipped to deal with such trauma. But there is hope. There is scientifically based research that demonstrates evidence that the mental health concerns of both children and adolescents can be addressed successfully. This research shows that it is the quality of the relationship between the therapist and the child, rather than the form of therapeutic intervention, that is the strongest predictor in the success of helping a child deal with their mental health issues. The trained and skilled child therapists at Thriveworks Franklin are equipped with the tools to decipher what the most pressing issues are in your child’s life and help develop a plan of action to best address the issues that the child is facing.

Does My Child Need Therapy?

A child’s school reports that there have been multiple trips to the principal’s office in the past month. Episodes of fights with other children, poor grades, and an inability to concentrate have been among the reports that are send home from the school. Every day is a struggle to get the child on the bus for school. The parent is left with no idea how to help their child. Attempts at the child’s teacher, disciplining the child at home by setting up schedules and routines and developing consequences for the child’s bad behavior both at home and at school have had only limited success.

Another parent notices a change in a child’s behavior since they have become a teenager. The teen start to come later and later. They have less regard or even total disregard for family traditions and rules. They seem to be hanging out with a new and different set friends who the parent does not know. And then there is evidence of substance abuse. A parent feels helpless and cannot imagine how much this once happy child has changed almost overnight. There is fear of losing that vital connection between the child and parent. In the midst of the parent’s sense of helplessness, there still may be hope.

Reasons to pursue child therapy

Problems and disorders that afflict adults can often affect a child as well. Such issues may include:

  • Concerns related to Autism
  • Anxiety
  • Conduct disorders in school
  • Conduct disorders at home
  • Problems with friends
  • Abuse or neglect
  • Obsessive and compulsive behaviors
  • Life transition such as a move or parent’s divorce
  • Death in the family
  • Underlying medical issues
  • Addictions
  • Eating disorders

Symptoms of serious underlying psychological disorders

There is no one that knows and cares more than for a child than their parent. But, the the parent is not alone in regard to bringing the care to that child that is needed. There are many therapeutic strategies that address mental health concerns of children and adolescents. And, as mentioned before, these approaches are backed by strong scientific evidence. Therefore, enlisting the help of a professional can be a significant factor in a parent providing their child with the care and attention that they need to change their lives for the better during their critical developmental years. In this way, that parent is demonstrating strength and effective parenting in knowing that they cannot handle their child’s situation alone.

Both children and adults experience different phases and transition in their lives. While we all experience difficult times, it is important to remember that the help from others is a key component in getting through these tough times with a positive outcome. Even while transitioning through phases that many other children and teens experience, a skilled therapist can be very valuable in helping that child or teen work through the issues that they are experiencing and move through them into a healthier, happier frame of mind.

Methods of Child Therapy

The process of helping children and teenagers work through difficult life experiences in therapy is different and distinct from the help that adults need. Helping a child in difficult times takes a therapist who has the training, experience and skills in implementing techniques that have been shown to be effective with children to effectively address these unique concerns. A therapist with such skills will implement methods and techniques that research has shown to be particularly effective with children and teens. It takes a counselor with specific training and experience in child and adolescent therapy to be able to communicate honestly and clearly to that child in an effective manner. A skilled therapist can build rapport with a child who is scared or unsure of coming to a therapist’s office. A teenager who has but up walls to hide their deeper emotions and thoughts, may be made to feel safe and willing to open up those feelings to a therapist who is skilled at putting that teem at ease. Therapies that are available to a trained therapist include:

  • Play therapy
  • Talk therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Behavioral therapy
  • Developing coping skills
  • Teaching relaxation techniques
  • Teaching stress management
  • Identifying and treating serious medical issues
  • Identifying and treating serious psychological issues

The child therapists at Thriveworks Franklin are trained to develop a treatment plan that will address the needs of your child or adolescent. It is true that each child is a unique individual and no one else has the exact same make up as they do. However, the skilled therapist at Thriveworks Franklin will respect each child’s individuality and treat them with a blend of methods and techniques that will fit the unique needs of that child.

Contact a Therapist at Thriveworks Franklin

Parents often struggle alone with their child’s issues for extended periods of time. As a result, these parents often feel isolated and alone. They are afraid that if you share these issues with family and friends, because they and their child may be judged. But parents do not have to deal with these issues alone. The skilled therapists at the Thriveworks Franklin will not be shocked by whatever issues that are presented to therm. Thriveworks counselors are leaders in their field. They have been selected for their talent and experience in dealing with a variety of diagnosis and life situation. They are a selective group who have demonstrated a competency and commitment to serve those with mental and behavioral needs. Thriveworks counselors have been featured in leading publications, such as the Chicago Tribune, Prevention, Psychiatric Times, Atlanta Journal Constitution, and the Journal of Mental Health Counseling. They are more than will to put this expertise to work for your child.

Thriveworks therapist are often available within 24 hours in most cases. Thriveworks takes pride in operating without a wait list but rather scheduling everyone who calls with a need to see someone for help. A simple call may be all that separates a parent and child from the help that they need. We, at Thriveworks, know that a child is the most important thing in their parents’ world. Parents need a place where they can trust that their son or daughter will get the care that they need.

So, call and schedule an appointment with a Thriveworks Franklin counselor now at 617-360-7210. The staff and therapists at Thriveworks Franklin will do everything they can to help your family in this difficult time.

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Insight and Support

I was pleased with the quick and easy access to services through the Thriveworks website. My own HMO had a long process and wait list during these times of Covid. I chose Jane Eagles to work with because I wanted a mature therapist with lots of experience. She was able to tune right into my situation and my goals for the sessions. She raised great questions for me to consider and always took time to reiterate the main takeaways of our time together. I appreciated her wisdom and clarity as well as her sense of humor.
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Opened a New World of Healing

I can't speak any more highly of Thriveworks. Mikkah has truly been such an important person in my life since I started coming to therapy. I was skeptical at first, knowing that "the first therapist you see may not be the right 'fit' for you," but I was lucky enough to have immediately clicked with Mikkah. It took a bit of time for me to really open up and start to dig deep in my own emotion, but Mikkah was so patient and made me feel so comfortable. She truly has helped me identify a lot of different things I was feeling, but couldn't understand why. I originally came to therapy for adult ADD, recommended by my PCP, but I used therapy as a healthy outlet to start talking about things I have experienced that has caused my mental clarity to fog. Mikkah has truly been such a savior in my life and I can't express my gratitude I have for her. She is extremely professional but makes me feel so comfortable talking about literally anything - almost like we've been best friends for years, even though I just met her a few short months ago. I am so happy with how my therapy is going and I always leave a session feeling better than how I went in. Thank you Thriveworks and thank you especially to Mikkah! You are incredible!!
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Greg has made a difference in my life , he’s very understanding of what I’ve be through, makes suggestions to help me deal with my anxiety and depression. We are very blessed , to have him as our counselor, these past few years .
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Dr Jane Eagles

As a close professional colleague for 20 years I have seen Jane Eagles assist many children, adolescents, and families with a variety of life challenges achieve improved health and well being. Dr Jane Eagles is insightful, knowledgable, kind, patient, and helpful. I highly recommend her.
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Dr. Jane Eagles

Jane is a highly skilled and experienced clinician who has worked with people of all ages. Combined with her empathy, dedication, and respect for those with whom she works, Jane has proven to be extremely effective in helping others work on and achieve their goals. Her professionalism is undisputed and I recommend Jane without any reservation.
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Jane Eagles

Jane is an experienced, dedicated counselor who has worked with all age groups. Her commitment to whomever she is assisting is exemplary. Her professionalism is of the highest quality; compassion, confidentiality and respect are at the forefront. A wonderful counselor who has my personal and professional admiration.
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Jim Gardner helped me immensely

Jim helped me get through a rough patch in my life. He has a lot of wisdom from his past and his experience as a gay man. I came to him crying everyday and mopey, and by the end I had really seen a huge change in my overall mental health. I was not in the area for very long and he was excellent at making sure I got as much as possible from my limited number of sessions. I would absolutely recommend him to people in their early twenties struggling with their transition into adulthood as well as anyone struggling with general anxiety and depression. jó, én hiányozni fogom!
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Honest & Supportive

Jim Gardner helped me through the darkest time in my life. He was direct & honest while being compassionate and supportive. It’s like talking to a life long friend. I felt like I could talk openly without judgement. So thankful for you Jim!
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I wanted to chat to ask a question regarding insurance, a simple one I thought. The chat time said 2 minutes I waited longer and no response. A little discouraged now on getting a therapist.
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Having the pleasure of working with Ralphi, the first word that comes to my mind is comfort. When I think of Ralphi, my heart smiles. She is a talented and experienced therapist who makes every person that comes through her door feel hopeful. I have observed her in action with her clientele, collaborated with her on family therapy, and admire her immense knowledge of the human condition and difficulties. There is always a hopeful path to take in Ralphi's approach to life. Lucky are the clients who have her as their therapist!
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I have been seeing JIM Gardner for quite some time. He is a wonderful counselor who listens and cares. He has been a great help to me with many of my family problems and anxiety.
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Todd Letitia is a great clinician!

I have had the pleasure of knowing Mr. Letitia for over 10 years. He is a skilled clinician and offers his patients support and encouragement. He is a dedicated professional who has many years of experience in the field.
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I've had the pleasure of having Todd as a clinical supervisor and he was great!! He's very knowledgeable, insightful and most importantly he loves what he does. He has always been professional and ethical. Wonderful person to work with.
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Todd Letitia

I found Todd to be empathetic, understanding and receptive. He creates an environment where you can confide in someone without the fear of being judged.
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Todd Letitia

Todd Letitia is an amazing clinician. He is extremely easy to talk to and makes you feel welcomed from day one.
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Dr. Greg Handel

I have experienced Dr. Greg Handel to be a uniquely empathic and sensitive psychologist who brings clarity and hope for the challenges we face in our life journeys. The warmth and confidence that he exemplifies in his interactions distinguish him as a remarkable mental health clinician. All of these positive attributes contribute to the inspiration that allows one to believe that facing challenges and changes is doable. I may not like the thought of changes, but I can see them as less intimidating when reminded of my own strengths and capabilities. Dr. Handel reminds me that although I may need to sharpen them from time to time, I own these tools for success and joy in my life.
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Dr. Gregory Handel

Dr. Gregory Handel exemplifies the dignity and insight into human behavior that is required to provide caring and lasting help for others. His ability to listen and respond, to disstill often complex problems, and to offer a way forward is a welcome and refreshing approach. It can seem daunting today in our fast paced world to cut through the noise and listen to ourselves and our family and friends. Dr. Handel is someone I trust and I've always appreciated the feedback and support he provides.
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Dr. Handel – Exceptional Character

Dr. Gregory Handel is not only an exceptional psychologist but is an exceptional human being as well. Always going above and beyond to provide support, care, and love for those in need. This man exemplifies all the right qualities of a counselor, he is patient, listens intently, and is honest, always. No matter what struggle or conflict you may have endure or are enduring, Dr. Greg Handel will always do everything in his power to help you through it. Filled with compassion, empathy, and wisdom, there is no one in the therapeutic industry better qualified.
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