Child Counseling

Does your child have excessive anxiety?
Do you feel helpless dealing with your child’s explosive behavior and moods?
Are you concerned about your child’s peer relationships?

Crossroads Family Counseling Center, LLC can help with the following problems:

ADD/ADHD, Adoption and Attachment issues, Anxiety/Separation Anxiety, Home and School Behavior Issues, Bullying, Depression, Divorce Impact, Emotional Regulation, Grief, Parent/Child relationship issues, Peer relationships, Self Esteem, Self-Harm, Sleep issues and Tantrums.

What can I expect in a Child therapy session?

Children are brought to counseling due to concerns from their parents, school and/or pediatrician. For children under 10, the first meeting we schedule is a parent meeting. This parent meeting is called the Intake and is usually 1 to 1.5 hours. The purpose of this meeting is for us to meet each other, go over the reason for the referral, and gather background information. This will be helpful in putting together a plan to help your child.

The next session is typically for 45 minutes. We meet with you and your child for part of the time and if your child is comfortable we will meet with them the remainder of the session alone. We then meet with your child for the next 2 sessions to get to know them, build trust and assess what the issues are and how we can proceed in treating them.  If needed we will contact your child’s school with permission or other professionals working with your child. For the 5th session we then schedule a parent meeting to discuss what we have learned about your child and discuss a treatment plan.

Some children are very verbal and able to express their thoughts and concerns. However, many are not able to do this and act out their problems. As trained child therapists, we find that play therapy interventions, including art, sand and play are extremely beneficial to many children in addressing and resolving presenting concerns. To learn more about Play Therapy click here.   http://www.crossroadsfamilycounselingcenter.com/play-therapy/

We also use traditional therapies as well in working with children such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, (CBT).   It is important to remember that many behaviors of concern have persisted over time, and  it often takes patience and a spirit of teamwork to develop new behavior patterns.

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“Our counselor helped our son when he was in preschool and having behavior problems. The counselor’s gentle manner, use of play therapy, support of us as parents and astute observations of his behavior led to a clearer picture of sensory concerns impacting our son’s behavior. She did not hesitate to refer us out to an occupational therapist who could better identify and treat sensory processing concerns. Her observations also helped facilitate referral to the correct school supports. Our son is about to finish 4th grade and has done quite well over the years thanks to our initial work with this counselor.”