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Is My Child Too Young for Counseling?

Children, like any of us, have troubles and worries. Sometimes their troubles and worries are bigger than they know how to express or manage.

A child may have experienced separation or divorce of their parents, the loss of a loved one or even a pet, low self-esteem, low self-confidence, an alcoholic or addicted parent. They may be struggling in school with academics or struggling with their relationships with friends or family members. These are all common issues that many children struggle with.

Because children do not always have the words to explain what is troubling them, at Heart and Soul Counseling, our therapist(s) help children sort out issues through play, art, movement, storytelling, and sand play. Guided, therapeutic play, art, movement, sand play, and storytelling along with Cognitive Behavioral and Solution Focused therapies are all effective methods that child therapists use with children.

Some reasons to seek counseling support for your child:

• Inability to separate from parents
• Anxious or fearful
• Repeated, ritualistic behavior
• Withdrawal from family and friends
• Lack of self-confidence
• Been bullied or is bullying others
• Aggressive behavior
• Lack of interest in activities
• Lack of motivation at school
• Frequent crying
• Moodiness
• Refusal to comply with rules and expectations

Peg Hemmer, MSW, LISW-S

Heart and Soul Center