Child Therapy – Counselors, Coaches and Therapists in Westborough
To schedule a child therapy appointment now, call 774-377-4939.
Anxiety, depression, compulsive behaviors, suicidal thoughts. These are very serious problems that we usually associate with adults. However, these problems sometimes also affect children. When it is your own child that is suffering from a serious problem like this, it is extremely unsettling and it can be hard to focus on much else as a parent. A child’s well being is of the utmost importance in a parent’s life, which of course includes their mental health.
Perhaps there is a pressing and tragic issue that has come up suddenly and needs dealt with immediately. Alternatively, there may be problems that your child has dealt with for years and have been heavily affecting their short life. The trained and skilled child therapists at Thriveworks Westborough have the tools to decipher what the most pressing issues are in your child’s life and help develop a plan of action to best move forward.
Parents in Westborough, MA Ask: Does My Child Need Therapy?
The school day is long and hard for your child. Multiple trips to the principal’s office, fights with other kids, poor grades, and an inability to concentrate. Your son or daughter’s life at school just seems harder than it needs to be. Every day is a struggle and you have no idea how to help. You have tried discipline, working with your child’s teacher, and setting up schedules and routines. Nothing helps.
You know that your teenager has secrets. They come in late, ignore your rules, have new and different types of friends, and maybe show evidence of substance abuse. You are helpless in this situation, and cannot imagine how much your child has changed right before your very eyes. The sweet and innocent child that you used to tuck in at night is nowhere to be found. You are scared you might lose your connection with your child forever. Perhaps child therapy can help.
Reasons to pursue child therapy may include:
- Problems in school
- Problems with friends
- Abuse or neglect
- Obsessive and compulsive behaviors
- Life transition such as a move or parent’s divorce
- Death in the family
- Underlying medical issues
- Autism concerns
- Eating disorders
- Symptoms of serious underlying psychological disorders
After reading this list, your child’s issue may have become immediately apparent. You are relieved to be able to put their problem into words. As the parent, you are the expert on your child. There is no one that knows him or her better than you. However, this does not mean that you have to only work alone. It does not indicate any failure or weakness on your part as the parent to enlist the help of a professional. In fact, it shows strength to know when you cannot handle it all yourself.
Children go through phases, as do adults. Your son or daughter may be experiencing a difficult time in life, which may just be a normal part of childhood. Even if it is a normal phase, a skilled therapist can still help work through the issues your child is experiencing and move through them in the healthiest way possible.
Methods of Child Therapy
Working with children in therapy is different and distinct from working with adults. Not all counselors or therapists are equipped or experienced in working with children. A skilled therapist will employ several different methods to reach your child and foster honest and clear communication. A young child may feel scared or unsure of a therapist’s office, but a therapist can make them feel at ease. A surly teenager may feel resentful about being brought to therapy. A skilled therapist can create an environment where they are able to open up in a way that is different than at home.
Types of child therapy include:
- Play therapy
- Behavioral therapy
- Cognitive therapy
- Family therapy
- Talk therapy
- Teaching relaxation techniques
- Teaching stress management
- Developing coping skills
- Identifying and treating serious medical issues
- Identifying and treating serious psychological issues
No matter what your child’s age or current difficulty, one of the skilled Thriveworks Westborough therapists will be able to create a plan of action and method of therapy to help in this situation. Your child is unique and special. No one in the world is the same as your son or daughter. Of course, you know this as the parent, and a skilled therapist will respect this and will treat no two clients the same. A blend of methods and techniques will be utilized for your child’s unique situation.
Why Choose Thriveworks Westborough Counseling?
You may have been dealing with your child’s issues for quite some time. You feel isolated and alone. You cannot talk to your friends or your family about your child’s situation. You may feel embarrassed or ashamed of your family’s problem. You do not have to deal with this issue alone any longer. We have skilled therapists that will not be shocked by whatever you bring to our office.
Thriveworks counselors are leaders in their field. We look for those with the best talent and experience and are very selective in choosing our therapists. Thriveworks counselors have been featured in leading publications, such as the Chicago Tribune, Prevention, Psychiatric Times, Atlanta Journal Constitution, and the Journal of Mental Health Counseling. We are ready to put our expertise to work for your child.
At Thriveworks, appointments are available within 24 hours in most cases. We pride ourselves on not operating with a wait list. We respect that it may have taken you a long time to come to the decision to seek professional help for your child. We are available when you make this decision. We are simply a call or a message away.
Your child is the most important thing in the world to you. You can trust us with your son or daughter. We would be honored to help your family in this difficult time.