Everleigh is a bright and outgoing 6-year-old. She loves her family and friends and often asks to go on playdates. Recently, her parents have been arguing a lot more and have decided to get a divorce. Because Everleigh is so young, she isn’t able to comprehend what is going on. To her, one minute her family was happy and eating breakfast together every morning, and the next her dad is in a new home. Everleigh’s parents decide to seek the help of a child therapist so they can give her a safe space to talk about her feelings.
Connor just entered his freshman year of high school. He’s excited to tackle his next four years by joining sports teams, making friends, and working extra hard to keep good grades. Connor is also in the middle of going through puberty and is being picked on at school by upperclassman. Although to them it’s just a light-hearted joke, Connor takes the name-calling to heart and it starts to lower his self-esteem. He decides not to try out for the baseball team and his grades start to slip. Connor’s parents notice the shift in his attitude but he’s unwilling to open up to them about his situation. They decide to schedule him a therapy session.
Connor and Everleigh are at different stages of life with completely different reasons to be struggling with their emotions. Growing up for kids can be hard, especially when navigating through difficult feelings. Children and teens can often benefit from working with a mental health professional during stressful or emotionally strenuous times. If you have noticed that your child is struggling with a particularly tough challenge or feel like there is an unnatural shift in their mood, consider setting them up with a child therapist at Thriveworks Towson Counseling. We can get your child or teen scheduled with a therapist, counselor, or psychologist who has the skills and training to work with this age group. When you’re ready to get started, just give us a call.
When Should I Take My Child to Therapy?
Deciding to seek professional help for your child can be a big decision. As a parent or caregiver, you may be feeling like you should be the only one who can make all of your child’s problems disappear through your un-denying love and support. While we wish that were true, sometimes your kid or teen needs the help of an outside, trusted adult in addition to the love and care you provide. As we touched on earlier, there are many reasons why your child might need the help of a counselor. The list below is more comprehensive of the common reasons why we help children at Thriveworks Towson Counseling:
- Bullying or being bullied
- Learning disabilities
- Hormonal changes
- Disruptive behavior at home and/or at school
- Trouble focusing
- Concerns for the autism spectrum
- Processing traumatic experiences
- Learning better communication
- Grief and loss
- Trouble making friends
- Major life changes
This list doesn’t include all of the reasons to seek out the help of a child therapist. In some instances, you may not even know what the root cause of the change in your child is. Here at Thriveworks Towson, not only will we help your child get to the bottom of the challenge they are facing, but help them overcome and grow from it.
How Can Therapy Help?
Child therapy is designed to understand the minds and behaviors of children, adolescents, and teens. The therapists and counselors at Thriveworks Towson have the training, skills, and experience to meet your child on a level that they can understand, no matter what life stage they are in. The main objective of child therapy is to help these young people live happier, healthier lives. To do so, we’ll equip them with the tools and skills to manage their feelings, offer treatment plans for a diagnosed mental health disorder, and/or support and guide them through the different stages of life.
There are many different techniques and methods that our mental health professionals can use to help your child process their emotions. Some include art therapy, play therapy, traditional talk therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), family therapy, management techniques, and coping mechanisms. Here are a few goals that we can help your child accomplish through these methods:
- Overcome past trauma or negative feelings
- Learn how to better control their anger and stress
- Learn effective problem-solving skills
- Communicate better to their parents, caregivers, teachers, friends, etc.
- Address low self-esteem and build confidence
And much, much more.
Get Started with a Trusted Child Therapist at Thriveworks Towson, MD Today
Do you want to help your child grow well through life? Are they experiencing any issues that are concerning? Do you feel like they could benefit from talking to a mental health professional? If so, consider working with a child therapist at Thriveworks Towson. Our team has open availability and is ready to get started as soon as you are.
When you’re ready, give us a call at (410) 753-2091 and one of our scheduling specialists will help you find a time that best meets the needs of your schedule. You can also book your appointment online through our booking portal. One of the many benefits of working with us is that we do not operate with a waiting list. We can get you into an appointment within 24 hours of reaching out. Also, we offer weekend and evening sessions in addition to our regular daytime hours.
Ready to take the next step? We’re here and can’t wait to meet you and your child.