Heart Connection Center | Child and Teen Counseling

Child and Teen Counseling

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Do you have a child/adolescent who is struggling emotionally, behaviorally, socially, and/or academically?

The idea that your child may require therapy is a hard one to swallow.

Whether you made this decision based on your observations or you have received a complaint from a stakeholder involved in your child’s life, you must be overwhelmed and worried with a million questions.

  • Will I  lose my job because of the time off from picking up Johnny when he got expelled?
  • Is my relationship  suffering because Suzy requires my attention and love now more than ever?
  • Is this all my fault for not handling situations in a different way?
  • Why do I feel so shameful? Is it because everything I have tried with Billy has failed. and he is constantly an embarrassment?

If you know your child is capable of more and you envision a different path for him/her, then you are making the right decision to seek out an experienced and skilled therapist who will walk with you through this challenging journey.

Counseling can help your child to work towards an optimistic future and thrive.

Through working with an experienced therapist, you and your child/adolescent can begin to:

  • Understand contextual factors that may affect your/your child’s behavior and emotional state. These could be environmental elements at home/school, interpersonal events with peers, teachers, and family members, as well as cultural influences.
  • Track and change patterns in your child’s thoughts and behavior that affect their emotional state and determines their actions.
  • Discover new solutions to problems.
  • Exhibit an increase in compliant and positive behaviors through the implementation of behavioral charts.
  • Learn positive coping methods to better handle challenging situations.
  • Boost self-esteem and feel more confident by tapping into resources that worked in the past.
  • Discovering strengths they already possess, and achieving small successes.
  • Improve social skills to have more positive relationships with others.
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What to expect during therapy:

A solution-focused and collaborative approach is utilized in therapy. This strength-based approach supports children and adolescents to build from their capabilities, overcome barriers, and achieve small successes. The ultimate goal is to help these young people see they are capable of succeeding and can acquire particular skills and strategies through therapy that will help them make positive changes in their lives.

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Child Counseling

Many times, children are pushed into therapy unwillingly. Our commitment is to create a safe and comfortable environment for them by taking a non-judgmental stance in order for them to share information they may have never shared before. We use play therapy in sessions with children because they have not yet developed abstract reasoning abilities and verbal skills necessary to express their feelings, thoughts, and behaviors. Solution-focused and narrative techniques are utilized in conjunction with play therapy to increase self-regulation and expedite a shift towards the desired goal. The questions we ask and the language used in sessions will help your child communicate valuable information, build trust, increase participation, and propel them to become active agents of their change.

Teen Counseling

Teenagers in today’s world have to deal with a lot and carry much stress. They are undergoing hormonal changes while dealing with a plethora of demands from their peers, school, and parents. We are here to create a safe space for them to process and feel the emotions they are flooded with. We help them to discover the coping skills they need to surpass their challenges, and to identify their innate strengths and resources to reach their goals and dreams.

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Will I be in the therapy room with my child/teen?

There are times the parents may be asked to allow the child/adolescent to attend parts of the session by themselves. Having your child meet with the therapist alone can build rapport and trust. The child/adolescent may share more information in the absence of the parent, thus improving the quality and progress of treatment. They will be encouraged to share specific information with the parent; however, if they are not ready to do so, weI are required to respect their privacy in the therapy room. Even though we them to share information, they will know they can do it in their own time and when they are ready. Of course, there are exceptions. If the child/teenager is at risk for suicide, homicide and/or reports child abuse, all therapists are mandated to break confidentiality.

I don’t want to put my child/teen on medication.

In a culture where medication is administered at the first concern, We take a different approach. We work to alleviate the symptoms as much as possible with therapy before resorting to medication. If your child/adolescent is already on medication, we can work on medication management together. Whether you want to hold off on medication or require a psychiatric referral, the choice is ultimately yours. We are here to support you in any decisions you make regarding treatment and to walk with you until you begin to see improved functioning in your child’s life.

Collaboration with family members and stakeholders.

Through the therapy process, we may also work together to create behavior intervention plans that allow for a continuum of interventions and support services that could be beneficial even after the therapy process concludes. We believe in the power of collaboration inside and outside the therapy room. In addition, We love to include significant individuals in the healing process. Family members and other stakeholders (e.g., guardians, teachers, school counselors, physicians, etc.) are invited to participate in treatment. We are happy to connect with you and other systems involved in your child’s life, such as schools, behavior specialists, psychiatrists, and physicians.

We invite you to call us today at 561-203-9280 for your free phone consultation to talk to our friendly staff, share your story, and set up an appointment.