Kalamazoo Child Therapy

Therapy for Children in Portage/Kalamazoo, Michigan

Here’s the reality: if you suspect your child would benefit from speaking with a professional, you’re probably right.

After all, as the parent, you know your child best, and if you think something isn’t quite right, it’s a good idea to follow your gut. If it turns out everything is fine, no harm done. And if it turns out your child did need professional intervention, it’s better to intervene sooner rather than later.

Maybe you’re wondering why a child would need therapy—after all, what have they got to be stressed about? You might be surprised. Young people today experience many of the same stressors as adults do, but since they are not fully mature, they experience those stressors as much more immediate.

Here’s the thing: kids change as they go through the stages and phases of growing up. It’s normal. But life isn’t the way it was back in the 70s or 80s. Kids are exposed to adult concepts much earlier, they have nearly unfettered access to the internet—and the potential abuse that entails—and they’re more aware of the concerns of adults than they would have been in years past. That awareness may appear as “maturity,” but it can also create stress and confusion—and a professional Thriveworks Portage/Kalamazoo child therapist can help. Check out this article to learn more about what child psychologists do.

Children have many reasons to need to talk with a professional, including:

  • Stress: Stress is usually temporary, caused by an upcoming test or a deadline of some kind. If it goes on for a longer period of time, it can morph into anxiety. Learning healthy methods for coping with stress is important to preventing anxiety and maintaining a healthy outlook.
  • Anxiety: Anxiety is the presence of stress even when there’s nothing specific to be stressed about. Chronic anxiety can even impact physical health, and so therapy for children is important to maintaining their health across the board. Anxiety can also be caused by a chemical imbalance.
  • Depression: Depression can be chemical, but it can also be situational. In either case, a trusted professional can help the child improve their outlook in a healthy way.
  • Self-Esteem: Being a child or teenager is hard. Peers can be very critical of each other, often causing the young person to become self-critical. A neutral third party is often exactly who the young person wants to hear from—instead of parents, who the child may perceive as biased rather than honest.

Those aren’t the only reasons a child or adolescent might need help. Are you noticing any behavioral changes in your child, particularly negative ones? Have they stopped communicating as openly? What about their friendships?

Has your child’s teacher mentioned any behavioral, social, or academic concerns? Has your child experienced a trauma?

If any of the above questions resonate with you, and if you feel the challenges they are facing are having, or might soon have, a negative impact, it’s time to contact a therapist.

Therapy for Children in Portage/Kalamazoo

The main difference in the therapeutic approach to therapy for children is simple: child therapists will talk to the child in an age-appropriate way. In some cases, play therapy may be used, or the child may be encouraged to draw or write.

If something isn’t quite right with your child, even if you aren’t sure what, call a Thriveworks Portage/Kalamazoo child psychologist. Our trained professionals specialize in diagnosing and treating children, and they do so in a manner that’s appropriate to the needs and age of the individual child.

Call us. We’re friendly, we promise—and our primary goal is to help your child feel better, get back on track, and live their best life.

Thriveworks Counseling Kalamazoo

People Love Our Providers!

Overall Rating: 5★★★★★ based on 14 5 1 14 reviews. See all reviews
Thriveworks Counseling Kalamazoo

Professional and Relatable

★★★★★
Rudy was professional and approachable. He was able to point out beliefs I had that were interfering with my ability to enjoy my life, but did so in a respectful manner. He was an effective therapist, with a genuine, caring approach.
Thriveworks Counseling Kalamazoo

Dr

★★★★★
The best
Thriveworks Counseling Kalamazoo

Dr

★★★★★
The intake coordinator Brittany was AMAZING. She listened to my needs so she could match me with a therapist that could help me. She was incredibly kind and truly listened to me in a stressful situation.
Thriveworks Counseling Kalamazoo

Alex Ansell who was fantastic

★★★★★
Alex helped me more than I can say! He was sensitive and patient with me and helped we work through some very difficult issues. His knowledge and communication skills guided me towards a positive outcome that gave me great peace. Thank you so much Alex for being there for me!
Thriveworks Counseling Kalamazoo

Thriveworks team is awesome!

★★★★★
Heather has always been the person that many people go to for advice and help. When she isn't helping people at work she is helping people at our church. All of the staff at Thriveworks are great. I highly recommend Thriveworks Counseling.
Thriveworks Counseling Kalamazoo

Great experience

★★★★★
The experience from the persons answering the phone and emails to my counselor, Heather, have been efficient and very helpful. I'm very thankful for Thriveworks because I can count on you when I need you most.
Thriveworks Counseling Kalamazoo

Heather and Thriveworks are awesome!

★★★★★
Heather is super awesome and helped get me back on track with my anxiety! If you are struggling at all with mental health issues, Thriveworks and Heather are fantastic help!
Thriveworks Counseling Kalamazoo

Integrity

★★★★★
Heather is excellent! Her professionalism and integrity are spot on.
Thriveworks Counseling Kalamazoo

Caring, compassionate, complete

★★★★★
After having several friends work with Heather I can honestly say there isn't anyone else I would be willing to refer those seeking counseling. She cares about complete healing and really takes the time to care. It shows in her interactions with her clients as well as in how her clients speak of her.
Thriveworks Counseling Kalamazoo

Compassion!

★★★★★
I would like to share something very personal with everyone so that you can find the help that you need. My husband was in the Marine Corps and served a couple of tours overseas. He suffered from PTSD from what he went through and losing some of his fellow Marines. He introduced me to Heather the wife of one of his fellow Marines. She has been a god sent during my time of grief. He passed away in July 2017, and I have been working through everything since. She has been someone that I can go to whenever I need an ear to listen or a shoulder to cry on. She doesn't judge me and my situation as to how I am handling it. She just listens and helps where she can. Heather is a person that gets it and will help you anyway she can. I can honestly say I am truly blessed to have met her and now call her my friend. Anyone who is able to meet her and get help from her is lucky. So if you are looking for someone I would highly recommend you setting up an appointment with her. You can't go wrong with choosing her as your counselor. So please if you are looking for help call today and get your appointment with Heather. You will never look back and she will help you look forward to the new future. She did that for me!!! I'm truly lucky to have her in my corner!!!
Thriveworks Counseling Kalamazoo

Great People

★★★★☆
When you need someone who will listen and not tell you how to feel. Heather is there. She will take the time to listen and give you the help you need. She comes to the task as a very professional and helpful counselor.
Thriveworks Counseling Kalamazoo

Great Place

★★★★★
This place is a breath of fresh air for me. I went in with terrible anxiety and am already feeling a bit better. My counselor is very capable and the staff in the office is very friendly. Would recommend them to my dearest friends.
Thriveworks Counseling Kalamazoo

Need compassion?

★★★★★
Starr combines a strong professionalism with a caring and understanding spirit. She inspires change through her grace and practical wisdom.
Thriveworks Counseling Kalamazoo

Starr Bull

★★★★★
I have worked professionally with Starr for several years and I highly recommend her. Starr is extremely knowledgeable and compassionate. Starr is highly skilled in several areas of counseling and is a wonderful counselor.
See fewer reviews

Thriveworks Counseling

Schedule your first appointment with a Thriveworks Counselor or Life Coach!

  • 524 E Milham Ave Suite B
    Portage, MI 49002

  • Mon-Fri:7AM-12AM
    Saturday:7AM-6PM
    Sunday:8AM-5PM

It’s Time to Start a Relationship with a Thriveworks Counselor

It’s not easy, but we’re extremely selective about the counselors, psychologists, and coaches that join our practice. Experience a provider with skill and passion for helping clients make meaningful advances in their lives, relationships, careers, and happiness.


Get Started Today!

Join the movement — gain access to expert mental health tips and discussions, delivered directly to your inbox.