Here at Water’s Edge Counseling, we understand that mental health is important for people in every stage of life stage, including our children. While children may not be facing stress from work or raising a family, they are facing their own battles. You may have noticed your child acting out more than usual. Maybe he or she has been quicker to get upset or is unable to reign in his or her emotions. You may have even noticed your child struggling to focus at school or to maintain friendships. These are not signs of a “bad kid” or failed parenting; this is how our children show us they need help.
As your child faces new and unfamiliar situations, he or she may feel a loss of control over what is happening. Through play therapy, our therapists are able to let children of all cognitive capabilities communicate what it is they are facing and feeling. Play therapy removes the emphasis placed on talking and allows your child to express and show their thoughts in a variety of ways. It also promotes an environment of safety and control over what they are experiencing. With our counselors leading them, your child is able to explore and actively participate in the direction of the therapy. We aim to equip children with coping skills that they can use as they face current challenges and prepare for what their future may bring. Our counselors have experience with a variety of age appropriate therapy techniques for children, and we will be able to provide a style of therapy that best fits your child and family.
Although your child is the client in the room, we encourage family involvement. Support in multiple areas of your child’s life, whether in session, at home, or at school, has been found to better reinforce the skills they are learning and practicing in therapy. When your family becomes involved in the therapy process, it progresses from weekly therapy to life changes for your child. In order to best promote this family involvement and increased reinforcement of coping skills, our counselors keep your child as the focus. We spend time building a relationship where your child feels safe and where he or she can trust our counselors. Once this trust is built, we will be able to provide more insightful feedback for your family’s involvement.
We know that it can be intimidating to admit you want help with your child. By taking this step towards therapy, you are already helping your child take a step towards healing and growth. Therapeutic intervention starting at a young age can have lasting positive effects, and we are here to help facilitate the first of those positive changes. Our counselors want the best for your child and family. As we see your child, we will be available to offer advice, tips, and strategies to try at home. We will also be a source of honesty and encouragement as you continue in providing the best that you can for your family.