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 is a licensed master of social work who has 15 years’ experience with children and families. Bridget offers counseling to clients from 9 years old to adult, specializing in trauma, anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, anger, and bipolar. To schedule with Bridget, please call our front desk at 563-207-8932.