Are You Worried About Your Child’s Mental, Physical or Emotional Well-Being?
- Have you noticed a sudden or drastic change in your child’s behavior?
- Does your child seem distant and withdrawn, making it difficult to communicate with him or her?
- Is your child exhibiting behavioral issues, both at home and at school?
- Are you concerned about how your child’s current experience might impact his or her future?
- Do you wish you could better understand what your child is going through and offer him or her the support he or she most needs?
Parenting is never easy, but sometimes it can feel especially difficult and overwhelming. Maybe your child is suddenly acting out in new ways, and you wonder what has facilitated this change. Your child might be talking back, throwing tantrums or refusing to follow rules at home or at school. Or, maybe your once vivacious and enthusiastic child has fallen silent, and you don’t know why he or she seems closed off and disinterested in the world.
Maybe your child is fighting with other children or seems completely disinterested in socializing. Perhaps teachers or doctors have expressed concern that your child is not reaching developmental markers, such as speech, as quickly as other children. Your child might suddenly feel like a stranger to you, causing you to worry that he or she is facing something serious. Or, you might know that your child has experienced a significant life event or a trauma, but are not sure how to offer him or her the support necessary to adjust. Maybe you wonder if your child has experienced a trauma or could be struggling with ADHD, depression, anxiety or an autism spectrum disorder. And, you may be having a hard time yourself. When children are struggling, it’s not uncommon for parents to feel exhausted, frustrated and full of guilt.
Children Face a Variety of Challenges as They Grow Up
No two children are exactly the same, and there is no one-size-fits all parenting manual that gives parents all the answers. As children grow and develop, they reveal their unique personalities and face their own challenges. As a parent, it can be difficult to know what is normal developmental behavior and what might indicate a need for extra help. For example, it can be hard to tell if your child’s fears are just a typical childhood worry or a sign of on-going anxiety . When faced with these kinds of questions, many parents struggle with feelings of guilt and uncertainty, wondering if they are doing something wrong.
You probably want your child to have the most fulfilling life possible, and you hope that he or she will be able to enjoy being a kid while laying a solid foundation for his or her future. However, if your child is struggling to communicate his or her needs to you, you may feel as though you are stuck on the outside, helpless and hopeless. Thankfully, an experienced therapist can help you better understand your child’s experience while helping him or her develop the skills needed to feel better and function with greater ease.
Child Counseling Can Help Your Son or Daughter Move Toward a Brighter Future
If you are worried about your child because of an apparent developmental delay, a significant life event or a sudden change in behavior or attitude, an experienced therapist can give your child with a thorough evaluation to help you better understand what your child is going through. For six years, I have helped children and their parents navigate the challenges of growing up. No matter what your child is experiencing, I can help him or her develop the tools and skills necessary to live the happiest, most satisfying life possible.
In sessions, I can determine whether or not your child is struggling with anxiety, depression, ADHD, trauma, an autism-spectrum disorder or something else. Once we understand what your child is experiencing, I can personalize your child’s treatment so the he or she receives the best possible help. In a safe, comfortable environment, I can help your child express his or her feelings and develop important communication skills. I will also help your child learn effective coping mechanisms that can support him or her through difficult emotions, events and situations for the rest of his or her life.
During child counseling, I can also support you and provide you with tips, skills and techniques that can help you feel better equipped to navigate the challenges of parenting. I can help you learn effective ways resolve tantrums and other behavioral issues. Together, and in some sessions with your child, we can discuss the complexities of what your son or daughter is going through so that you can feel more confident offering support and guidance.
Child counseling is different for every child and family. It varies depending on your child’s particular needs, and I encourage you to read my other pages to learn more about the specific issues that I specialize in. Early intervention is often a key component of helping your child find long-lasting relief. There is no wrong time or age to seek help. No matter what your child is facing, with your help and the help of child counseling, he or she can begin to feel better, find relief and learn to feel more at peace in the world.
You may believe that child counseling can help your son or daughter live a happier life, but still have questions or concerns…
Won’t my child grow out of this?
Children exhibit a wide range of behaviors, and some things that adults might find strange are sometimes just a normal part of growing. However, there are times when something that seems simple, like an infatuation with dinosaurs or a penchant for throwing frequent tantrums, can actually be a sign that something more complicated is happening with your child. If a behavior has gone on for a long time or is causing difficulties for your family, it is important to seek a thorough evaluation. Once you know what is going on with your child, you can provide him or her with the best possible help.
I am afraid of hearing a serious diagnosis.
If your child is struggling, it is important to seek help sooner rather than later. While a diagnosis can be difficult to hear, the sooner you know what is going on for your child, the sooner you will be able to help him or her move toward a brighter, more hopeful future. Early intervention can help your child develop coping skills early on, preparing him or her to face challenges in the future. And, I can also help you process your feelings surrounding your child’s diagnosis. No matter what your child is going through, you are not alone.
I don’t have the time or money for child counseling.
Parenting can be hectic, especially if you are balancing work, home, siblings, school and more. However, I invite you to consider how much time you are dedicating to resolving tantrums, trying to get your child to communicate and/or just worrying. Here in the State of Hawaii, we are very fortunate to have mental health parity, which means that your insurance likely covers mental health treatment as well as physical health treatment. If your child has Keiki Quest, or your family has insurance through your work, sessions will be mostly be covered by insurance. If your child has Quest, you will not have a co-pay for covered services, and if you have private insurance, the co-pay for mental health sessions will be similar to the co-pay you have at your child’s pediatrician’s office. Counseling is an investment in your child’s well-being, both now and for the rest of his or her life. Both you and your child can feel better equipped to face life’s challenges and enjoy your relationship again.
If you are worried about your child and want to help him or her feel better, I invite you to call (808) 747 3445 for a free 15-20-minute phone consultation to ask any questions you have about child counseling and my practice.