People of all ages can benefit from counselling support when they are struggling. The team at Clearview Counselling includes therapists who specialize in supporting children, youth, families, and parents.
Kids don’t communicate the way adults do. Often children show the people around them that they are struggling rather than using words to communicate. While it makes sense that children may not know how to express themselves, they are still learning after all, this can lead to confusion and frustration for their parents as they try to interpret what their child needs.
5 common signs that a child is struggling:
- Changes to Behaviour, Personality or Interests – If you notice changes to your child’s behaviour, personality, or interests that concern you and persist over time, it may be a sign your child is struggling.
- Disruption to Daily Life – When a child’s behaviour or emotional distress begins to create challenges that impact daily life for either themselves and/or their parents, it may be time to consult with a children’s therapist.
- Regression – Sometimes when children are struggling, they may seem to go backwards on things that they used to be able to do. This may include returning to baby talk, bed-wetting or toileting concerns after potty training has been achieved, decreased independence, or disrupted sleep patterns. While this may be caused by natural factors such as a growth spurt or a stressful event, it may be a cause for concern if the regression persists or begins to cause significant distress for the child or the parent
- Concerning Play – Children often work out their feelings and express their concerns through their play. If you notice that your child’s play has changed or themes are arising in their play that concern you, you may benefit from discussing these concerns with a children’s psychologist.
- Unexplained physical symptoms that appear to be connected to stress – Sometimes children experience their stress or concerns physically in the form of stomach aches, headaches, and other aches and pains. If you have explored your child’s physical symptoms with your doctor and no physical explanation appears to exists, they may be connected to your child’s level of stress.
Children may experience emotional or mental health concerns for a myriad of reasons including:
- Grief and Loss
- Parent Separation or Divorce
- Bullying or Social Challenges
- Learning or School Challenges
- Life Changes (such as moving, adoption, changing schools, etc.)
Children’s Therapy can help children with:
- Challenging behaviours
- Fear, worry or anxiety
- Emotional regulation
- Social skillls
- Adapting to Change
- Managing ADHD
- And more
Navigating adolescence can be a challenge for teens and parents alike. Teens may benefit from counselling if they are struggling with:
- Challenging behaviors
- Risk Taking
- Drug or alcohol use
- Other addictions
- Relationship challenges
- Identity issues
- Self-harming behaviors
- Suicide Ideation
- Depression or anxiety
- Managing ADHD and/or social or learning challenges
- Adapting to change
- Grief or Loss
- Social Challenges
Family life can bring so many dimensions to our relationships that can become difficult to sort through. There are times when a neutral third party can see through the veil and pinpoint areas that will allow your family to live more harmoniously. Your family may benefit from counselling if you are struggling in one of the following areas:
- Conflict resolution
- Negative behavior
- Interaction patterns
- Adoption and foster placement concerns
- Blended family dynamics
Family counselling is focused on your family and your family’s functioning; however, sessions for individual members of the family or between a couple of family members at a time is often recommended. If you have questions about whether family counselling may be a fit for you, please book a complimentary meet and greet session