Are you worried about your child’s behavior or emotional challenges?
I often hear parents say, my child is out of control. Why don’t they listen to me? My child gets extremely upset about the smallest things. Am I doing the right thing? How can I reach my child when they wont talk to me? My partner and I have different ways of parenting. Is my child normal? Will they ever be able to participate in school? My child’s behavior is suddenly more difficult. My child is not handling a transition well.
Is this my fault?
My child’s behavior scares me. I want my child to fit in. I want my child to be able to handle their emotions appropriately. I want my child to be successful in school and have friendships. I want my child to be happy. I want my child to act his/her age. If I could just fast forward time and talk to my child like an adult they would see this behavior is crazy. If I knew this was only a phase I would be much more patient. If I could just take his/her pain from them. If I could just fix it. If I could just get a break.
Therapy for your child can really make a difference.
Many children benefit from therapy for several reasons: children often need extra support in learning how to cope with emotions. By giving your child a safe space to explore and express their feelings we often see children becoming more skilled at handling his/her big feelings. In therapy we will also practice new strategies that will be applicable at home that can help your child when challenging situations arise. I like to call this the kid toolbox, as it gives you and your child options for how to handle a situation instead of an automatic reaction that is often an unwanted behavior such as tantrum, screaming, crying, running, biting, hitting or shutting down.
Many parents go through a time in parenthood where they simply don’t know what else to do. You can see that your child is hurting and you want to help, but what you’ve tried so far isn’t working. It can be really overwhelming to search for a therapist. You want to find someone you can trust with your child, that also has the skills to make a difference. When looking for a therapist for your child, it’s important to find someone that has experience working with children, holds a professional license and a master’s degree in the therapy or counseling field. You can read more about my experience and educational background in the about me section.
Still have some questions about therapy?
How can I fit this in my already busy schedule? You might be wondering how to make time for therapy when your life already feels over scheduled and chaotic. However, many of the struggles you are dealing with today are actually very time consuming: waiting out a tantrum or bending over backwards to meet the requests of your child. What if you didn’t have to do that anymore? What if one hour a week helped you and your child to have a more peaceful life most of the time?
I don’t think I can afford therapy?
You might be concerned about the cost of therapy. Yes, for many this is an investment, but if you don’t begin seeking help now, the problems you are experiencing may become worse. Do not let this sad, frustrating, or dark place you are in right now, become the norm for you and your child. You can have a happier child and home environment if you begin getting the support you need from a therapist.
What if my child refuses to talk?
Many children express themselves nonverbally. Through my experience and training, I will connect with your child in whatever unique way they prefer to interact. I utilize play therapy techniques to reach children in a way that they can understand that also feels safe and fun. Although, therapy can bring up unpleasant emotions or memories, I want your child to feel comfortable and enjoy their time spent with me. For example, during sessions we may use play dough, games or simply talking to process emotions and events.