Myths about Therapy for Kids

Are you worried about how others will perceive you if your child attends therapy? Are you afraid once your child starts therapy they will need it forever? Believe it or not, receiving child therapy doesn’t mean you or your child are crazy. Stay with me here, and we’ll debunk other myths about therapy.

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Mythbusters

Educating the public is part of why we have this section on out website. It’s impossible to share everything about every possible situation regarding counseling, however, today we will dig into a few of the most common.

  1. Once you start, it’s forever. The only way this would be true is if you have an inadequate, just plain old bad therapist. An experienced therapist will have goals so you (or your child) can reach a final session. Therapy is a guide to help your child through specific events or stages of life. Once your child is equipped with the tools they need to successfully cope, it is up to them to open that toolkit and pull out what they need when they need it. Self-sufficiency is the goal – not dependency.
  2. Therapy doesn’t work. For someone who may have had a bad experience with the wrong therapist, this myth is understandable. However, that doesn’t make it true. When you do the research and find a therapist appropriate for your child’s needs and whom you are comfortable with, there will always be a level of accomplishment.
  3. Only crazy kids need therapy. A child therapist is very similar to a school teacher. A teacher receives training and a degree for a specific age group. They are considered experts in that field for those children. A child therapist receives training and a degree also for specific age groups, yet they take their education a step further to specialize in certain behaviors or mental health disorders. They are experts in the psychology and behaviors of children.

Child Therapy in Boaz, Huntsville, and Jacksonville, AL

Don’t let myths about therapy rob your child of optimum mental health wellness. Contact Garrett Counseling today. Fill out the brief form here, and one of our professional staff members will reach out to you shortly, or call (256) 239-5662.

 

Signs Your Child Could Benefit from Pediatric Therapy

All kids experience ups and downs navigating through childhood and that doesn’t necessarily mean they need pediatric therapy. Emotional lows could result from just about anything. Often they’re simply issues with a friend, a bad grade at school or hurt feelings from something a family member said. These are harmless enough. Even a normal part of growing up. Some are teachable moments. Others simply bumps in the road. But how do you know when your child’s emotional ups and downs could have deeper roots and warrant seeking the help of a therapist?

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A professional child education therapist having a meeting with a kid in a family support center.

When Should I Be Concerned?

Life with a child tends to get busy at times. It’s easy to overlook symptoms or behaviors that may appear normal on the surface. However, if you observe any of the concerning behaviors below, child therapy could be helpful or even necessary.

  • Struggles in multiple areas of life including school, friendships, family relationships and extracurricular activities
  • Negative comments about their existence or suggestions of suicide – “No one would care if I was gone.” “I wish I wasn’t here.”
  • Notable change in appetite or sleep pattern.
  • Self-destructive behavior such as pulling out hair, cutting or picking at their skin.
  • Withdrawing from friends, family and social activities.
  • Decreased confidence or feeling bad about themselves.
  • Worrying excessively about the future.

In addition to concerning observations, if you have a gut feeling something’s not right, trust it. A parent knows their child better than anyone. If you think something is off, chances are you’re right. A pediatric therapist is skilled to help your child through these difficult times.

How Can Therapy Help My Child?

Children are still growing and learning. Childhood a pivotal time in their lives to learn healthy coping skills that they can carry with them throughout their lifetime. Engaging in therapy as a child helps develop the tools they need to process emotions and effectively manage thoughts and feelings. We all want what is best for our children. Equipping them with the tools to work through emotion, deal with conflict and resolve or accept feelings makes for a happier and healthier life.

We Can Help

Garrett Counseling has experienced therapists ready to help your child. Our Boaz, Huntsville and  Jacksonville teams utilize unique techniques and decades of experience to guide your child through difficult times and teach them coping skills. Schedule your pediatric therapy appointment today (256) 239-5662 or fill out our contact form.