You would do anything for your child. It hurts when you see him or her struggling. Maybe there has been a family trauma. Maybe a parental divorce and you want to make sure your children are doing OK. Maybe your child is anxious about school, has bullies they are dealing with, friendship issues or grappling with feelings of self-worth. Maybe they are struggling with issues such as drugs, sex or cutting. There are tons of reasons your child might benefit from counseling. First, give yourself some praise if you are thinking about helping your child with therapy. It might feel as if you failed somehow but you haven’t! Life is difficult for adults and it is sometimes even more so for children and teens.
I believe counseling can be valuable for everyone. I would caution you to consider, that therapy for a child or teen, may look different than for an adult. As an adult, we know why we are going to therapy. We may be looking for someone to clarify and ground us or looking for answers to numerous different questions. At some level, we buy into going to therapy for ourselves, but your child may not have the same buy-in for their therapy, Even though I believe the relationship is always paramount, an adult may find what they are looking for in a few sessions, but this more difficult outcome when working with children. The dynamics are different in child therapy.
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