Parenting a child or teen who’s struggling emotionally can be heartbreaking and exhausting.
When to consider taking your child to a counselor
Some change in a child or teen’s behavior is normal; they might eat and sleep a lot during a growth spurt or feel very sad when something upsetting happens.
However, when one or more of the following changes go on for more than two weeks without a clear reason, it may be time to seek the help of a counselor:
- Withdrawal and self-isolation from friends and family
- Major changes in sleeping or eating habits
- Regressive behavior like bedwetting, tantrums, and separation issues
- Acting out with inappropriate behaviors like talking back to parents or teachers or fighting
- Fear and worrying so excessive it disrupts daily activities like going to school or participating in extracurricular activities
- Self-destructive behaviors including hair pulling, digging nails into skin, picking at skin, or digging sharp objects into the skin
How counseling can help your child
If your child or teen is experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, Fash Counseling can help your child:
- Deal with family challenges like divorce, conflict between siblings, or adjusting to a new family member in the home (i.e. birth, fostering, adoption, a grandparent entering the home)
- Learn how to live with mental illnesses including depression, anxiety, or behavior disorders including ADHD
- Address and cope with abuse or other trauma
- Learn to identify feelings and solve problems
- Understand and work through grief
- Deal with bullying
Meet Emilie Brazinski, Licensed Professional Counselor
Emilie excels at coming up with creative approaches to help her clients grow mentally and emotionally. She often incorporates art, play therapy, and mindfulness training in her treatments. Emilie recognizes that highly individualized treatment plans are especially important when working with children and teens, and believes in a trauma-informed approach to counseling.
Contact us if you think your child could benefit from the help of a counselor.