How can I tell if my child needs counseling?

Updated: Dec 2, 2020

How can I tell if my child needs counseling?

Children go through phases, and it’s difficult sometimes to know if your child is developing normally or if they need a little extra support. Kids are resilient, but there are times when life becomes difficult for anyone. As a parent, you know your child best. First trust your gut. If you think something is wrong or your child is having difficulties, you are probably right. Below are some common signs we see in children who are struggling:

  • Change in behavior such as isolating themselves from others, less talkative than normal

  • Disruption in sleep patterns; sleeping too much or not enough (insomnia)

  • Change in moods; more irritable, anger outbursts, or crying spells

  • Decrease in enjoyable activities

  • Change in cognition such as poor concentration, inability to focus, forgetful

If you notice some of these symptoms in your child, talk to them. Approach them in a non-threatening and supportive manner. Ask them if they would like to talk about it with you or with a professional. Sometimes children feel better talking to a supportive person who is impartial.

~Bridget Bartlett, LMSW

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