Peaceful Living Mental Health Counseling

Children & Adolescents

Therapy for Children & Adolescents

Do you have a sense that your child is more difficult than others? Is your parental instinct telling you that your child needs help?

Approaches for child therapy can vary broadly across the spectrum. Our work with children focuses mostly on behavior and the underlying factors. When a child is displaying an inappropriate or undesirable behavior, we work to find out what function the behavior is serving. We then work closely with the family to put a new plan in place to create behaviors that will replace the maladaptive processes.

We work in a very concrete way to develop a plan for the child and family to achieve reachable goals with ease and competence in all settings. Whether it be challenging behaviors or difficulty in social situations, we help clients (children and parents) achieve a sense of optimism about the future and confidence that they are heading in the right direction.

Signs that your child may benefit from therapy

  • developmental delay in speech, language, or toilet training
  • learning or attention problems (such as ADHD)
  • behavioral problems (such as excessive anger, acting out, bedwetting or eating disorders)
  • a significant drop in grades, particularly if your child normally maintains high grades
  • episodes of sadness, tearfulness, or depression
  • social withdrawal or isolation
  • being the victim of bullying or bullying other children
  • decreased interest in previously enjoyed activities
  • overly aggressive behavior (such as biting, kicking, or hitting)
  • sudden changes in appetite (particularly in adolescents)
  • insomnia or increased sleepiness
  • excessive school absenteeism or tardiness
  • mood swings (e.g., happy one minute, upset the next)
  • development of or an increase in physical complaints (such as headache, stomachache, or not feeling well) despite a normal physical exam by your doctor
  • management of a serious, acute, or chronic illness
  • signs of alcohol, drug, or other substance use (such as solvents or prescription drug abuse)
  • problems in transitions (following separation, divorce, or relocation)
  • bereavement issues
  • custody evaluations
  • therapy following sexual, physical, or emotional abuse or other traumatic events

Therapy for Families & Adolescents

Take care of yourself;


Therapy for Families & Adolescents