Kids deal with many of the same stressors adults face: divorce, illness, crime, addiction, death. It is difficult to shield children from these things, and in response, they feel sad, frightened, anxious or angry in varying degrees. When this interferes with their normal life, action should be considered.
Younger clients typically have trouble putting their thoughts and feelings into words. Our therapists understand and specialize in their developmental and emotional needs, and counseling often times involves forms of play therapy to help the child talk about difficult feelings. This form of therapy relies upon using imaginary play to provide a better understanding of their emotions. We have also found it best to collaborate with the child's parents to gather relevant information and suggest practices for the child at home.
Teens also face many new pressures and may not always react in the healthiest ways. Counseling is a great way to help them deal with their problems. Counseling for this age group is done one on one with a professional counselor in a confidential setting. When appropriate and with consent, parent involvement is required.