Child & Adolescent Issues
The human brain develops at a rapid rate – especially in the first several years of life. Children and adolescents are constantly developing and changing, often passing through complex phases in their journey toward adulthood. For parents and caretakers, navigating childhood and adolescence can be a challenging experience.
In some cases, special issues arise among children and teens that parents find overwhelming. Left alone, these issues may worsen, leading to potentially serious consequences. But with child and adolescent therapy, parents and children can communicate their feelings and expectations with one another – facilitating the potential for change, positive growth, and stronger relationships.
Often, parents first notice issues with children and teens when their conduct or attitude becomes negative or falls short of expectations. Children may act out in opposition, refuse to eat, fall behind at school, stop communicating, self-injure or physically harm others, isolate themselves, or even run away from home. These problems – though serious – are often merely surface responses to underlying emotional or mental health issues.
Counseling helps get to the bottom of child and adolescent issues- to pinpoint thoughts, experiences, or disorders that create negative behaviors. Examples include depression, low self-esteem, phobias, anxiety disorders, a history of abuse, loss of a loved one, parental divorce, or feeling unimportant or unattended to. By addressing underlying causes for child and adolescent issues, parents/caregivers and their children can establish a plan of action that can help restore balance to the family in a way that is beneficial to both child and adult.
Each child and adolescent has unique, varying needs and expectations. What works for one child may not work for another – even among siblings. Therapy for the child as well as the parent can be invaluable for overcoming serious child and adolescent issues that have gone unresolved and worsened with time. If your child is experiencing any of the difficulties discussed here please contact our office to set an appointment with one of our child/adolescent counselors.