How do I know if my child needs therapy?
Change is a key component of stress. Change, both good and bad, may increase your child's stress/distress. Often young children don't have the words to express what they're feeling or the coping skills to help them manage their emotions.
When does your child need help in navigating major stressors?
What is the tipping point...the moment when you say 'I can't do this by myself...I need help?'
6 Signs your child may need therapy
1. When your child's emotional distress is interfering with their daily funtioning
2. When your child's behaviors are interfering with normal family functioning
3. When other children in the family are unhappy or upset by their sibling's behaviors
Common childhood issues that benefit from therapy:
4. When disagreements on how to handle a child's problem are putting a strain on your marriage or partnership
- You and your spouse/partner have different parenting styles
- You and your spouse/partner can't agree on limits and consequences
5. Unexplained physical symptoms such as headaches, stomach aches, trouble sleeping
- Suddenly your child complains of a stomach ache and the pediatrician can't find anything physically wrong
- Your child is afraid to sleep alone or go to sleep
6. You are feeling frustrated and helpless to effectively help your child
I recommend reaching out for help and support when you begin to feel
- worn out
- beaten down
- nothing you've tried is working
- when you can't stand the thought of reading one more parenting book
Your family is only as happy as your saddest child