Mike’s parents recently got divorced. As an only child, he feels alone and doesn’t feel like talking to his mom or dad about his feelings. All of Mike’s friends have parents who are still together so none of them can relate to what he’s feeling. Because of his mixed emotions and the fighting he has seen his parents go through for the last year, Mike’s grades start to slip and he starts skipping football practice. It’s not until his coach informs his parents of missing several practices do they realize that Mike is not coping with the divorce the way they thought he was. They decide to schedule Mike an appointment with a child therapist so he can express how he feels in a comfortable and unbiased place.
Behind every young child who believes in himself is a parent who believed first. –Matthew Jacobson
When we think of the ideal childhood, we imagine all sunshine and rainbows, laughter, and love. As much as we would like that to be true for our children, there are just some things in the world we cannot protect them from. Whether your child is witnessing your divorce, coping with a learning disability, or having trouble making friends, a licensed child therapist can help them overcome their negative feelings and head back to a happier state of mind. At Thriveworks Troy Counseling, our child therapists have the knowledge and experience to help your child, at whatever age, break down walls and cope with the problems they are facing. To schedule an appointment, call (248) 764-4182.
Does My Child Need Therapy?
Sometimes it can be hard to recognize when our children are off. Other times, it is clear as day. Whatever the situation may be, it’s important to remember that your child going through a difficult is never the result of bad parenting. Just by reading into the benefits of child therapy proves how much you love your child and that you would do anything to help them feel better.
Many kids and teenagers can benefit from working with a therapist. Here’s a list to help you better understand how kids might benefit from talking to a counselor:
- A child who just lost a loved one and doesn’t know how to process their emotions and grieve properly
- A kid who is afraid to go to school and the parents don’t know why
- A teen who is showing signs of an eating disorder
- A child who is getting bullied at their new school and is afraid to ask for help
- A kid who is watching their parents go through a divorce
- A teen who has a negative self-image because they have a learning disability such as dyslexia
- A child who witnessed a traumatic event and is having nightmares
- A teen that is showing signs of depression, anxiety, or other mental illnesses
- A kid who won’t get out of bed, even to go do their favorite activities or hang out with friends
This list is just a few of the examples of why you may want to seek professional help for your child. It may be hard for some kids to accept that they need to go to therapy. However, if your child needs help managing any specific challenge, or if you have a feeling, they would benefit from talking to a professional, reach out to Thriveworks Troy Counseling to schedule an appointment.
What Is Child Therapy All About?
Child therapy is similar to regular adult therapy but catered to the mind of a child. Many people who decide to pursue therapy wish they had done it sooner. We understand that your child might not want to, or feels embarrassed about going, but the relief they feel from talking it out is amazing. Here are a few different approaches to child therapy:
- Play Therapy: Play therapy is an effective way to reach kids of many different age levels. It utilizes play and art therapy techniques to give kids a way to express their emotions and work through personal issues.
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Also known as CBT, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy helps identify negative thoughts and the behaviors associated with them by replacing them with positive ones.
- Relaxation Techniques: Some kids have a hard time relaxing. As adults, we understand what relaxation means and steps we can take to achieve it. However, some kids find it hard to do. By equipping them with relaxation skills, they’ll be able to help themselves deescalate when they are feeling anxious, overwhelmed, or angry.
There are many different methods of child therapy, like behavioral therapy and music therapy, but these three are just examples of the ways we can make meaningful connections with your child.
Schedule a Session with a Child Therapist at Thriveworks Troy Counseling
We applaud you for the love and dedication you show to your child. What they are dealing with is not your fault. Sometimes, seeking the help of a counselor is helpful as they are someone not directly a part of your child’s life. It gives them the ability to open up without fear of someone they know judging them.
If you are ready to schedule an appointment with one of our child counselors, you can do so online through our booking portal or by calling (248) 764-4182 to be connected with a scheduling specialist. We have both in-person and online child therapy to help meet the needs of your schedule. We look forward to hearing from you.