“I know we’ve come a long way,
We’re changing day to day,
But tell me, where do the children play”
“Kids and teens need therapy when they have problems they can’t cope with alone. Or they need help when problems affect how well they do, feel, or act. If things don’t get better on their own, kids may need therapy so things can improve.”
“Therapy is not just for kids with special needs. It is beneficial for children to have a trusted adult, aside from their parents, to help support their exploration of themselves as they navigate the challenges of growing up. Working with a counselor has the potential to be an incredibly positive experience, giving kids an edge as they make their way through the wondrous minefield of childhood. Therapy teaches kids to manage disappointment and distress, and to show empathy for themselves and other people. It provides a safe space for them to reflect on their values, allowing them to buck peer pressure and make choices reflective of what matters to them. Counseling teaches valuable life and relationship skills that can help kids succeed throughout childhood and into adulthood.”
-Barrie Sueskind, MA, LMFT, L.A. Parents
Making the decision to seek therapy for your child can be a hard one. Many of us as adults have grown up with a stigma to therapy, causing us to think if our child is in therapy there is something horribly wrong or that we’ve done something wrong. Some children benefit from therapy just to deal with day to day things and learn to cope with growing emotions, not just because they have a disorder or major problem.
Sometimes, it’s best to take them to a counselor, such as those found at Lehigh Valley Counselors, to see if long-term therapy is truly necessary. If so, our specialists can help set you and your child up with a plan for counseling that fits your life and schedule.
Kids can need therapy for a number of reasons. A loss in the family can affect children in many ways, from their academics all the way to creating anxiety. A move or other sudden transition, such as a divorce, can also affect a child or teen’s view of the world. Some children move through hurdles such as these and others with little more than a passing period of sadness or anxiety, but nothing long term or requiring medical attention. Others get “stuck” and need counseling to help them develop the coping skills required to continue functioning and get back to thriving in their new situation.
Some children find counseling beneficial when they’re dealing with ADHD, autism, or bullying, among other things. Counselors at Lehigh Valley Counselors can help children learn to regulate their emotions and create a healthy emotional self. Counselors can also help you work with your child’s pediatrician to arrange for medications if needed. Children may benefit best from play therapy, one-on-one therapy, family therapy, or from group therapy with a set of peers. Therapy for kids at Lehigh Valley Counselors is tailored to each child’s needs.
Contact us at Lehigh Valley Counselors 610-596-4222 to make an appointment for your child to help them thrive.