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Children and Teens

In today’s world children may find themselves in unfamiliar and harsh situations making them feel afraid and unable to cope. Therefore, it is our desire to equip each child with a variety of problem solving techniques while maintaining the understanding that each child is unique with many facets to their learning. We embrace their uniqueness and attempt to meet their own specific needs despite their difficult circumstances. We recognize that the developmental stages influence a child’s behavior and their ability to verbalize their emotions and difficult situations.

The family support system is a vital factor in achieving the desired results and the resolution of many emotional and behavioral concerns. Integration of the family dynamic while addressing the child’s developmental level will help them achieve their full potential throughout the therapy process. We incorporate play therapy which allows the child to better communicate their various stressors. Our resolution is to see each child become healthy, happy, and whole mentally and emotionally so they can enjoy the world they live in.

Though the child maybe our primary client, we believe that children thrive when they have healthy relationships with their parents. As counselors, we work with the child to better understand the support and help they can utilize when connected with their parents. Often therapy begins with the child working individually with the therapist. Over time we are able to build a trusting relationship with the client. Then, we can help the client understand the importance of being in relationship with parents. In this way, we can strengthen the parental relationship with the child. 

When parents start their child in treatment, often they have questions and need assistance knowing how to best parent their child. It can be a worrisome time for parents who are confused about their child’s situation. By building a solid relationship with the child, we are given permission to also work with the parents. We are able to teach parents how to improve your interactions and communication with their loved one. Our therapy not only addresses the needs of the child but also the needs of the family. 

When it comes to working with teenagers, we find different challenges as they may be more independent, emotional, and stressed. Teens have high demand as they must meet the needs of school, friends, sports, family, and a number of other issues in their lives. Being a teenager is also more difficult than ever. The teenage years are important as they are the formative years that will direct one’s life. During these years teens discover themself. They are defining their goals and identity in the world. This brings with it many emotions as one searches through these issues.

Counseling offers teens a place to discuss their challenges in an unbiased atmosphere. We create a safe place for teens to discover themselves and learn to interact with the world. We especially work to improve the teens relationship with parents. We help to bridge the gap between the adolescent and the parent. We facility healthy communication within the family unit. Counseling gives hope to families learning to understand their teenagers.

Schedule an appointment with us

Call us at 912-319-5552 or send us an e-mail at christina@watersedgecounseling.com