Child Counseling Phoenix
Is your child overwhelmed with feelings of worry, stress, or anxiety. Does your child seem sad and depressed? Maybe your son or daughter has difficulty relating to other children. Or perhaps your child’s behavior is out control. If you are a parent of a child who appears to struggling in every day you are not alone. There are many parents who find themselves at a a loss when it comes to knowing how to help their hurting child or knowing how to effectively deal with problematic behaviors. If you child’s issues appear to be beyond the normal scope of age appropriate behavior or development then and if you, as the parent, have tried to help with no avail or have attempted traditional discipline without success then child counseling services at Crossroads Phoenix and Scottsdale Relationship Centers can help.
There are many challenges children face today. It could be a change within the family such as divorce, move, or even the death of a family member. Events such as these are difficult for anyone to handle, especially a child. Unlike adults, children do not have the capacity to articulate all of their feelings and needs. This is why children will often “act out” their behavior. What may come across as defiance or disrespect can actually be deeper feelings of fear or sadness. Since younger children struggle to voice their feelings and emotional needs child counseling focuses on giving children a way to express what they feel. This is through play. What child counselors and child therapists recognize is that children, especially younger children, express themselves through their play. Play therapy creates an environment in which children can process their emotions and express their needs. In fact, many of the confusing emotions and behaviors children display can be resolved through child counseling utilizing play therapy techniques.
Other child therapy interventions is when the child counselor works with the parent(s) or the caretakers in assisting them with knowing how to better relate with their child and how to better manage their behavior. Crossroads therapists work from an attachment theory perspective when working with children and their families. In its simplest terms attachment theory is the idea that children need a safe and secure base with a caretaker. This safe and secure base acts as a foundation in which the child can successfully grow, mature, and reach all of the developmental milestones. Children, and even us adults, need a safe person/place that we can turn to in times of distress. Child therapy at Crossroads focuses heavily on helping children and their parents/caretakers strengthen their emotional base with one another.
Child counseling services at Crossroads also focuses on equipping parents with the tools they need to not only emotionally connect with their children but to also effectively discipline. Love and Logic parenting classes teach parents how to set effective boundaries and limits. It helps parents to also empower their children to critically think through a choice examining all of the possible outcomes.
It has been said that, “Rules without relationship equals rebellion.” This quote captures the heart of child counseling services at Crossroads Phoenix and Scottsdale Relationship Centers. We are first and foremost about creating connection and closeness in families. When your child receives child counseling through a Crossroads therapist we will help them and you to have a better relationship. It is the base or foundation from which you, as the parent, will be able to speak into your child’s life. It is the relationship you have with your child that will make them more open to receiving your guidance. Of course, every child is going to test the limits. This is normal. But we believe that having an strong relationship helps your child grow to be a caring and conscientious person. A strong relationship also helps when your child decides to test the limits.
If you are looking for child counseling or child therapy services in the Phoenix or Scottsdale areas then please consider contacting Crossroads Family Counseling Center and one of Phoenix and Scottsdale Relationship Centers. We will work closely with you, your family, and you child to find the best course of action. You can call us at 623-680-3486, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or click here to visit our child counseling page. We look forward to working with you. Also, check out our video on child counseling services at Crossroads…