Children and Teens
Just like you, children and teens experience a range of emotions, happiness, sadness, grief, depression, stress, anger and more. Children are affected by what is happening in their immediate environment: parent’s fighting, separation and/or divorce, death, bullying or school issues, addictions, dating, peer issues and more and yet they often lack the basic coping skills needed to deal with these issues in a healthy way.
Children most often use acting out behaviours instead of words to express what they are feeling depending upon the age of the child, behaviours you might see are:
- sibling and peer conflict
- skipping school
- increased fighting with parents
- withdrawal from friends and family
- extreme moodiness
- new or increased fears or feelings of anxiousness
- drug use and or criminal activity ( or negative peer group)
At every age children need to know that they are seen and heard and that their feelings are valid. It can be hard for parents to know exactly what to say or do when these emotions are big and overwhelming and conflict is high.
We help children learn the tools they need in order to feel good about themselves and better cope with stress and difficult life choices.
Lets talk about how counselling can help your child or teen relieve their current stressors and get back on the path of living their best life.
Samantha Barnes, Arthi Bala and Emily Simms can all offer you support with your children and teens therapy needs https://sweetspotcounselling.com/about/
Families can be a great source of support and love but when difficult life circumstances come up and families are put under stress people can feel alone and overwhelmed.
If you’re having problems as a family, whatever’s causing them, Family Counselling may be able to help the whole family learn to communicate better, cope with stress and resolve differences.
Parenting doesn’t come with an instruction manual (although we wish it did). Sometimes some neutral and supportive guidance can make a lot of difference to struggling parents.
If your family is having a difficult time and your feeling disconnected now is the time to call and reach out for a free consult. Lets get you back on track today!
Co-Parenting through Divorce
Divorce can bring a lot of confusion and conflict to a family. Ultimately most families want what’s best for their child(ren) and with some support and guidance and thoughtful planning the difficulty of the divorce process can be met with some ease and understanding. With both parents input and the needs of the child(ren) in the drivers seat together we can make a plan that works for all the family members involved.
High Conflict Parenting
In some extreme cases co-parenting simply may not work, this may be due to abuse, anger issues, ongoing high conflict and or mental illness. In these cases I can work with the parent(s) to create a “parallel parenting plan” which limits communication and ensures safety of all parties.
Whatever your challenges I know that together we can find the best solutions to get you and your family where you want to be, don’t hesitate any longer reach out today for your free consult!
Always our first consult is free. Please call or email to explore how you can get the support you need.
Samantha Barnes, RP specializes in this area https://sweetspotcounselling.com/about/