Everyone goes through stages in a normal life cycle. Children and teenagers are no exception. From toddlerhood and through adolescence, children will have multiple changes and challenges on the road to adulthood. Sometimes, a child or adolescent passes easily and naturally through such changes, but at other times, professional help is paramount for success.
Has your son or daughter experienced a traumatic event? Maybe it is something you could not have imagined ever happening in your family. You and your child face many sleepless nights and swollen eyes from crying in the mornings. You are ashamed and embarrassed and cannot talk to anyone about your family’s issue.
Screaming matches, slammed doors, cursing, threatening — these are the things that take up your life with your teenager. Your sweet little son or daughter is nowhere to be found. You cannot believe that the little child you used to tuck in at night and read bedtime stories to has turned into this surly young person. You want to restore your relationship, but you have no idea where to begin.
A professional child therapist at Thriveworks Knoxville can possibly be of assistance in all of these cases. You do not have to walk alone on this journey. Perhaps you are a single parent, or maybe your spouse does not understand what you are going through with your child. Or possibly, both parents are working their hardest to reach or help their child, and nothing has helped. Thriveworks child therapists can help you.
What Kind of Parents Pursue Child Therapy?
There are many reasons why parents may pursue child therapy. As described above, your child may simply be facing a difficult transition such as a new school or their parent’s divorce. Maybe they are struggling in school, having difficulty concentrating in class, or completing tasks.
Reasons to pursue child therapy may include:
- Autism concerns
- ADD/ADHD symptoms
- Eating disorders
- Obsessive-compulsive tendencies
- Life transition such as a move
- Social problems
- Death in the family
- Trauma or abuse
- Past neglect or difficult home life
- Joining an adoptive family
The reason you are considering child therapy may be on this list, or it may not be. Either way, child therapy can help your son or daughter. It may be difficult to put into words the issues you face with your child. You may just have a feeling in your gut, as the parent, that something is just not right. Do not ignore this feeling. You are the expert on your child and your feelings should not be ignored.
Methods of Child and Adolescent Counseling
There are many methods of child therapy that an experienced counselor can employ to assist your child. Working with a child or teenager is unique and distinct from working with an adult. Some methods may be the same as work with adults but used in a different way. Our trained Thriveworks child therapists will be able to determine what type of therapy will be best for your child’s unique situation.
A combination of methods may include:
- Play therapy
- Talk therapy
- Examining underlying medical issues
- Discovering serious psychological problems
- Family therapy
- Managing obsessive-compulsive tendencies
- Teaching communication skills
- Guidance through trouble in school
- Addiction therapy
- Stress management
- Practicing social skills
A skilled adolescent or child counselor will be able to talk with your child in a way that may be different from how you are able to communicate at home. An unresponsive teenager may be more open and honest in a therapist’s office than they are at the family dinner table. A toddler that cannot express the pain or confusion they feel may open up under the inviting environment of play therapy.
Why Do Parents in Knoxville Choose Thriveworks Child Therapists?
At Thriveworks Knoxville Counseling, we are ready and able to help you tackle the difficult situation in your family. There is no problem too large or small to discuss with our therapists. We will not be shocked by whatever you bring to our office. We are experienced professionals, ready to help.
Thriveworks counselors and therapists are leaders in their field. They have been published in leading news outlets and journals. Some of these include The Boston Globe, CNN, The Journal of Mental Health Counseling, Counseling Today, Boston Business Journal, and many others. We are ready and willing to put our expertise to work for your son or daughter. There is no need to face your struggles alone. You know that your child deserves the best, and pursuing therapy for your child may be the best option.
Every parent knows that their child is unique and special. We, at Thriveworks, believe that as well and honor it in our clinician’s offices. We treat every case and every client as different and distinct. No two people are the same and no two problems are the same. Your child deserves to be heard, respected, and helped.
We pride ourselves on not operating with a waitlist. In most cases, appointments are available within 24 hours of the time you call. We understand that it has been difficult for you to make the decision to call us and we want to be ready when you reach out.
We would be honored to walk this journey with you and your child.