When our children hurt, we hurt. It’s even worse when we can’t figure out why they’re hurting. The truth is children can experience anxiety, depression, anger, and behavioral problems. But how do you talk to a 7-year-old about the passing of their grandpa? Or convince them that they have to listen to their teacher?
Thriveworks Newark counselors have years of experience working with children and know how to speak their language. We can walk with your child through whatever they are struggling with and help them become healthier and happier.
Children see the world differently. And while it is beautiful, it’s also difficult to connect with them at times. That’s where a Thriveworks Newark Child Therapist can step in and help.
What Is Child Therapy?
Child Therapy is a lot different from typical, adult focused therapy. Afterall, children are a lot different than adults! Our goal is to help children understand, process, and handle the issues that are causing them pain. This pain might be can be anything from anxiety to trauma to difficulty making friends.
Thriveworks Newark is always a client-focused therapy center, and that doesn’t change when our clients are younger! Your child is still a unique person, with different experiences, personality, and goals. We will adapt each session to your child and what they are experiencing.
Children’s brains are more malleable than adults. Researchers coined the term “neuroplasticity”. They can heal from trauma and learn new behavioral patterns faster and easier than adults can. This is a great source of hope! It also means that the quicker you identify a possible problem in your child’s mental, emotional, or physical health, and reach out for help, the better the long-term outcome.
We will never turn away someone because their child’s issues are too big or too small. If you think you and your child could benefit from counseling, call Thriveworks Newark today! We can walk through the process together.
Specifically, common issues we see in child therapy include:
- Difficult sleeping
- Unwarranted aggression
- Poor “listening,” or frequent misbehavior
- Persistent anxiety or nervousness
- Failing or worsening grades
- Social issues, problems making friends
- Depression, low mood, or frequent irritability
- Expression of suicidal thoughts, self-harm
- Recent changes in family (move, loss of a family member, etc.)
- Traumatic experiences
- Too frequent sibling conflict
- Concerns about autism
- Problems with self-confidence
Every child is unique, and what they are facing is also unique. They deserve to have as much support as they can, and sometimes a trained professional is perfect for supporting them as they heal and grow into a healthy, happy person.
What Does Child Therapy Look Like?
Sometimes, having a judgment-free space away from the stresses of life is all a child needs to talk through an issue, and can move on pretty quickly. Other times, children don’t have the awareness of their own emotions and thoughts to understand what they’re going through. When this happens, our clinicians can use more advanced techniques. Sessions may sometimes include just parents, or just the child, and at other times, the whole family may need to be seen together.
A few of these techniques include:
- Art therapy
- Music therapy
- Play therapy (Using play to explore hidden or misunderstood emotions and memories)
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (identifying negative thoughts and the behaviors associated with them and replacing them with positive ones)
- Developing coping skills
- Practicing relaxation techniques
- Behavioral therapy
- Social Skills Coaching
- Parent Coaching, i.e., improving structure and connection in the home.
Thriveworks Newark counselors are trained in these methods, so rest assured that your child is receiving the best possible care. We could never replace the love you give to your child, but we can care for and support them in a different way that is important for their development.
We want to stress that just because your child is going to child therapy does not mean you have somehow failed at being a parent! It is not your fault your child may be experiencing emotional, mental, or behavioral difficulties. You are doing your best, and that love is powerful. Sometimes, outside circumstances and life can impede on your child’s life without you even knowing it.
Thriveworks Newark is honored you would trust us with your child, and we are excited to meet you both and walk with you to a place of happiness and fulfillment.