Children and adolescents can experience many of the same big emotions and experiences throughout their early years that adults do. The difference is that children don’t always have the vocabulary or understanding to process through them, and may act out emotionally, exhibit mood, sleep, and social disturbances. This can lead to feelings of confusion, frustration and impact their overall social and emotional well-being. Seeking therapy services for your child and family members can help identify and label the emotions that may be occurring and learn effective tools to cope through them in appropriate ways. Therapy for children and teens focuses on developing a strong self of their self, emotional expression and improving relationships and communication skills. A child therapist will draw from many creative styles including play-based interventions, talk therapy and specific therapy models tailored to your child and family’s needs.
Every child will respond differently to changes in their life, but some of the events that may impact your child’s mental health include:
- Parent’s divorce or separation
- The birth of a sibling
- The death of a loved one, such as a family member or pet
- Physical or sexual abuse
- Poverty or homelessness
- Natural disaster
- Domestic violence
- Moving to a new place or attending a new school
- Being physically or emotionally bullied
- Peer pressure
- Taking on more responsibility than is age-appropriate
If you are noticing a change in your child or adolescent’s overall mental health or well being, don’t hesitate to call for an assessment appointment today.