- Does your child’s worries get in the way of enjoying life?
- Are you exhausted from dealing with your child’s explosive behavior and moods?
- Are you concerned about your child’s peer relationships?
Our counselors at Crossroads Family Counseling Center, LLC have expertise helping families work through these and many other of life’s challenges.
Here are just a few of the issues we help families with every day:
• Adoption and Attachment issues
• Anxiety/Separation Anxiety
• Behaviors at Home and School
• Divorce Impact
• Emotional Regulation
• Parent/Child Relationship Issues
• Peer relationships
• Self Esteem
• Sleep issues
Parents usually contact us for help when they’ve feel like they have tried everything and are out of ideas, or your child’s school or pediatrician may suggest counseling which may help you find solutions to the challenges your child is facing.
A Little Bit About Getting Started
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 conversational and are ready to express their thoughts and concerns with words.
However, many are not able to do this and act out what’s bothering them through behavior. This can take the form of bullying, withdrawing from others, temper tantrums, hitting, etc.
This is where Play Therapy provides a window into their world and helps to bridge the gap between the problem behaviors and expressing them through language.
As trained child therapists, we find that play therapy interventions, including art, sand tray and play are extremely beneficial to many children in addressing and resolving what’s troubling them.
We also use traditional therapies as well in working with children such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, (CBT).
It is important to remember that many problem behaviors might have persisted over time, and it often takes patience and a spirit of teamwork to develop new behavior patterns.