Childhood should be a time of blissful happiness and adventures. As a parent, you want your child to succeed in life while being the happiest they can be. So, when your child is struggling, it hurts you as well.
At Thriveworks Tucson, AZ, we understand that childhood is not immune to difficulties. We understand how hard it is for you as a parent to watch your child struggle and not be able to help. Afterall, it’s hard to talk to a five-year-old about their grandpa passing away or have an in-depth discussion with your 3rd grader about why they’ve been acting out in class.
The counselors in Tucson, AZ have years of experience working with children to overcome their emotional, mental, and behavioral challenges so they can continue to thrive. We offer in-person counseling and online counseling for children. If you would like to schedule and appointment, give us a call today.
What Is Child Therapy?
As we grow, our brains mature with us. Adults have vastly different brains than a 7-year-old. This means kids process the world around them differently, often in a way confusing to adults. Counseling for children reflects this unique way children process the world. Thriveworks Tucson is always a client-centered therapy, which means we will adjust our techniques to get on the level your child is at. For example, if they are dealing with a trauma that they aren’t ready to talk about, we won’t push them until they are ready. There are other ways to work through a problem or difficult emotional topic than sitting down to talk about it. Children often process the world in non-verbal ways, and our Pima county counselors are pros at deciphering these non-verbal clues and helping your child understand themselves and the world better.
The term neuroplasticity refers to the brain’s ability to be molded by external and internal situations. Children’s brains are much easier to shape and change than adults. This means that when emotional and behavioral issues are brought to attention at a young age, kids and their brains have a higher chance of recovering and growing stronger.
As always, the counselors in Tucson, Arizona will never turn a child away. There is no problem too big or too small for our counselors. We have counselors who specialize in child therapy, autism spectrum therapy, LGBTQ therapy, and much more. If you have any questions about the services we offer and how they apply to your child, give us a call today.
Specifically, we see children for issues such as:
- Change in appetite
- Significant weight loss or gain
- Difficult sleeping
- Unwarranted aggression
- Persistent anxiety and nerves
- Failing or worsening grades
- Social isolation
- Expression of suicidal thoughts
- Recent changes in family (move, loss of a family member, etc.)
- Traumatic experiences
- Concerns about autism
- Increase self-confidence
- COVID-19 stress
- Adjusting to homeschooling and work-from-home
Every child has their own, individual thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Thriveworks Tucson has caring, trained professionals who understand the intricacies of a child’s mind and are here to lovingly direct their steps towards a path of healing and growth.
What Will a Child Therapy Session Be Like?
Depending on the age of your child and the circumstance they are in, a therapy session will look differently every time. For older children or ones who are open to verbally talking about their experience, a safe, unbiased space away from outside pressure could be all they need to begin processing tough emotions. Other times, children don’t have the awareness or drive to process their experiences. This is when advanced techniques can be useful. Our Pima county counselors have been trained in numerous of these techniques, including:
- 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 methods
- Practicing relaxing techniques
- Behavioral therapy
Thriveworks Tucson recognizes and applauds your love and dedication to your child. What they are going through is not your fault. You are doing your very best, and your child feels that love. Sometimes, counseling is helpful for children simply because a counselor is someone from outside the rest of their life. We can serve as a sounding board for whatever they have going on, so you can continue to parent and love your child fully.
Child therapy is an incredibly versatile and helpful tool for children going through tough times. Thriveworks Tucson believes in giving the best possible mental and behavioral health care to our children, and that includes being up to date on the most recent counseling techniques and practices. You can rest assured that your child is in good hands when they come to Tucson, AZ counseling.
If you have questions about child therapy or want to schedule an appointment today, go to our website or give us a call. We have both in-person and online child therapy.