Is your child struggling with behavior problems or having emotional difficulties that you don’t know how to handle?
Raising children in today’s society is an all-important task that can be quite overwhelming and demanding, especially when your child acts out in ways that frighten, disturb or anger you.
Signs that your child may need help:
- Delay in developmental milestones
- Abnormal amount of anger, temper tantrums, acting out, bed-wetting or changes in eating habits
- Changes in academic or athletic performance
- Child appears sad more than normal or has large swings in mood
- Child isn’t social, or sees a change in social behavior
- Aggressive behavior
- Changes in sleep patterns
- Complains of headache, stomachache, or not feeling well despite being healthy
- Major changes to family life – i.e., divorce, re-marriage or death
- Sexual, physical, or emotional abuse
Our staff of licensed and trained child therapists use a variety of approaches and techniques to assist with behavioral challenges, including Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). This specialized treatment program focuses on helping parents reduce a wide spectrum of challenging child behaviors and is clinically proven to reduce children’s aggression. Sometimes children develop certain emotions and behavior because of a recent stressor. A neutral and objective family counselor can help clarify the underlying problems that could be contributing to family tension.
As you begin therapy, we will provide you much needed and deserved support, and will identify immediate and practical solutions for your child’s emotional and behavioral challenges. Consultation sessions are available to discuss potential options for your children or to discuss services that may best fit the needs of your family as a whole. We will then help you prioritize the needs of your child and provide parenting strategies for you to use at home that will nurture your bond.
We use an intensive assessment tool to help gain an understanding of the unique qualities and development of your child. Assessment helps in problem solving, diagnosis, psychotherapy and counseling, and in evaluating progress.
Child counseling can help kids:
- Strengthen resiliency and coping through tough times
- Learn how to regulate emotions (happy, mad, sad, worried, etc.)
- Heal from trauma
- Improve self-esteem
- Develop better relationships with peers and siblings
- Work through experiences of grief and loss
Child counseling can help parents:
- Understand the emotional needs of a child who is struggling
- More effectively deal with behavior challenges
- Support children facing transition or loss
- Advocate for their child’s best interest at school
- Improve sibling relationships
- Introduce and support new coping strategies
At Charleston Counseling Center we know that what you most want is for your child to be happy and healthy. We will work closely with you to understand what is developmentally normal for your child, identify areas of concern and find solutions that will help them thrive. Contact us to make an appointment.