Child Therapist Services
When it comes to your children, nothing takes precedence over their physical and mental health and well-being. But what if they’re struggling with something that is beyond your capacity to deal with? When and how do you know when it’s time to seek out a professional?
When your child is endangering him or herself.
It’s normal when kids talk about odd things, especially when they begin to learn about life and exploring the concept of death. However, repeated talk about death and dying is definitely a red flag that you should be looking for. Pay attention to statements about suicide or excessive talk about killing others. Any talk about suicide or killing another person requires the immediate help of an expert.
When your child’s behavior is interfering with daily life.
When a child is struggling with his or her emotions, he or she will tend to behave badly across the board — acting out at school, home, and during any extracurricular activities. If you’re having to attend parent-teacher conferences or speaking with coaches pretty often about your child’s behavior, this is definitely cause for concern.
When your child’s behavior puts a strain on your personal relationships and/or marriage.
If you find yourself unloading onto your friends about your child’s behavior, there is a problem. Your child, while a priority in your life, should be running your it. If you and your spouse seems to always be at odds as to how to deal with your child’s behavior, or one (or both) of you is regularly responding to the child’s behavior by getting completely enraged, it’s time to seek help.
When you’re at your wits end.
Something else to consider is seeking therapy yourself. You’re no good to your family if you’re completely out of sorts. It’s so hard to see the forest for the trees when you have a child who cannot live without chaos. When you’ve exhausted all the ideas and routines suggested by professionals online and you still find that your child is suffering, there’s nothing else you may be able to do other than seek the help of a therapist.
When he or she regresses.
Kids tend to regress when there’s a major change in their lives, such as the birth of a new sibling, a move, or a divorce between their parents. That is completely normal when it’s temporary. However, new or regressive behavior such as bedwetting, clingy behavior, whining, excessive fearfulness, and tantrums that seem to have come out of nowhere or don’t seem to be linked to a life-changing event, may signal a problem.
Ultimately, you should trust your instincts as a parents. If you think something is going on, trust that feeling. Never be afraid to make that first phone call to find a child therapist that can help your child with whatever he or she is dealing with emotionally. At North Brooklyn Marriage and Family Therapy, we have professionals who are available to help your family through your child’s struggles. Contact us today so we can help you and your child repair your family dynamic.