What are the signs that my child might need professional counseling?
Children with ADHD are often magnets for criticism and negative attention. As a result, many of these children struggle with feelings of shame, loneliness, or inadequacy.
Some common signs of childhood anxiety and depression include behavioral changes such as:
- Withdrawal from family or friends
- Diminished interest in activities they used to enjoy
- Changes in sleep or appetite
- Refusal to go to school.
If your child is demonstrating any of these behaviors, contact ADHD Child & Family Services to schedule an assessment. Our experienced mental health professionals provide compassionate individual therapy options to help your child develop the confidence and other coping techniques necessary to leading a fulfilling life.
What happens during an individual therapy session?
Psychotherapy is a complex and rich process. Individual therapy sessions can provide children with an opportunity to feel better understood, and to understand more about themselves.
Over time, therapy can help children develop greater insight and learn skills that can improve their quality of life. Individual therapy can help children or adolescents practice positive self-talk, develop new coping skills, or learn simple relaxation techniques.
For some children, therapy can be a lot of fun, and for others it can be an opportunity to learn that they’re not alone, to process difficult feelings, reflect on past experiences, or develop greater resilience.
Individual therapy for children can take many forms. Determining the right fit for your child often depends on their developmental age, their history, and their unique social and emotional needs. Some children benefit from including play, drawing, or storytelling, while others benefit from traditional talk-therapy or learning emotional-regulation skills. Whatever their needs, the team at ADHD Child & Family Services is here to provide your child an approach that feels comfortable and right for them.
What are the benefits of therapy?
Therapy can help your child develop the skills and tools they need to thrive. For example, your therapist and child can learn to recognize disruptive behavior and develop strategies to stop those behaviors before they begin. Additionally, your therapist can also help your child improve their confidence and self-esteem.
If you’re concerned about your child’s emotional well-being, please call ADHD Child & Family Services or make an appointment online.