Is your child’s behavior out of your control? Are you getting reports from your child’s daycare or school telling you your child is struggling? or causing problems? Do you just wish your child would behave? You are not alone. Child behavior issues are a common reason for parents to bring a child to therapy. Depending on your child’s age, counseling and/or play therapy can help change your child’s unwanted behaviors and bring peace back into your home.
Behavior is directly related to a child’s thoughts and feelings. Since children often lack the verbal skills to adequately express those thoughts and feelings, they often come out as undesirable and sometimes confusing behaviors.
Examples of common reasons a child might benefit from play therapy or counseling:
- New school
- ADHD and other learning/attention
- Major illness in a family member
- Death of a loved one
- Sleep problems
- Drop in grades
- Episodes of sadness
- Withdrawal from previously enjoyable activities
- Physical complaints (headaches, stomachaches) not explained by doctor
Pathfinders counselors understand that parenting is the most difficult job there is and we approach our work with children and parents in a kind, caring, non-judgmental manner. We are all trained play therapists and have extensive experience working with children of all ages. We work together with the child, parents, and other stakeholders (anyone who has a vested interest in the child) to provide systemic services to the child and their family.
It’s important to prepare your child for their first therapy session. It is best to be honest with your child about the reasons why you want them to see a counselor. Younger children benefit from hearing that therapy is like going to the doctor. While a doctor helps make physical pain better, therapists make emotional pain feel better. Older children need to be reassured to hear about confidentiality. If you have questions about how to talk to your child about therapy, please do not hesitate to ask!
If you would like to download a brochure to share:Child Behavioral Issues PDF