If you suspect your child is struggling you are probably right. Successful treatment of childhood issues is possible especially if dealt with in a timely manner. If your child is in need, we are here to help.
If your child is struggling and it seems as if they are finding it difficult to cope with the challenges at home or school, we encourage you to seek professional support. A Christian counselor can help your child understand and work through the challenges of growing up. We will also come alongside you to equip you to support your child’s needs more effectively. Counseling provides a safe and supportive environment in which children can feel heard and understood, and through the child-counselor relationship, he or she can learn tactics to deal with difficult issues.
About Christian Counseling for Children
Because each child has a unique set of needs, the methods and aims of counseling will differ from child to child. However, counseling for children usually involves play therapy, talk therapy, and parent engagement. The counselor will use their expertise to help your child feel safe and comfortable expressing any concerns or fears while also helping parents feel empowered as well. Mill Creek Christian Counseling, we seek to support the whole family. If you are in need of Christian Family counseling check out our family-counseling page.
Common Issues Facing Today's Children
The challenges of conflict in the home, the trauma of bullying, divorce or single-parent households, the pressure to ‘fit in’—all of these can negatively impact a child’s self-esteem and can lead to more serious concerns. In addition to such environmental and social obstacles, some children suffer from behavioral and/or mental health issues that hinder normal development. Many of us are used to hearing about children diagnosed with ADHD or Aspergers Syndrome, but a child can also suffer from depression or anxiety.
Warning Signs in Children
Many problems in a child’s life are short-lived and can be resolved without outside intervention. However, you may become concerned if your child’s behavior indicates a more serious or chronic issue. Some of the most common warning signs that something is wrong with a child include: social withdrawal, difficulty controlling emotion, poor impulse control, and behavioral problems. The most important thing to remember is to trust your instincts. Parents can usually tell if something is wrong with their child.
Anger Management for Kids: How Christian Counseling Can Help
By Mike Newman,
Posted August 10th, 2017
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The reasons and causes for a child to be prone to angry outbursts are too numerous to discuss in one article. Children are born with different innate dispositions, may be dealing with a disability that constantly frustrates them, or may be reacting to a dramatic change to their life. These are some examples of life factors that result in an angry child who is difficult to manage.
Having an approach specific to the particular cause is an important consideration when dealing with anger management for kids. However, we can find some universal parenting principles in the Bible that are necessary ingredients for helping children develop coping skills to function in the world.
In my 20 years in working with families, a common theme I have found with children and teenagers with anger problems is inconsistent parenting. A lot of permissive parents focus on being connected to their child, but shift to be controlling in a crisis. Conversely, authoritarian parents don’t know how to be positively connected to their kids when things are going well and provide little support toward autonomy.
Many parents shift back and forth between the two styles inconsistently, leaving the child without stable boundaries to figure things out. The result is that the child is constantly frustrated through the lack of consistency in their environment and they don’t learn coping skills that translate to the demands of real life.
In their landmark parenting book, Parenting with Love and Logic, Jim Fay and
10 Ways Anxiety in Children Affects Their Education and Life
By Kimberly Riley,
Posted August 9th, 2017
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Do you remember what emotions you felt on the first day of middle school? How about something a little more recent, like your first day of work at a new job? Maybe by now the scary thoughts and fear you had then are no longer part of your memory because they were fairly normal responses to what was happening that day, but can you imagine what it would be like if those feelings were a part of you all the time, even when they do not make sense?
What if you were a young child trying to go to school every day or to a friend’s birthday party on the weekend, but fear made it difficult for you go?
Perhaps you are the parent of a child struggling with anxiety and you’re wondering exactly what is happening inside of their mind and body when they think about a social setting. It can be hard for everyone when a child in the family is experiencing anxiety symptoms, but even harder when their school teacher or their best friend doesn’t understand what is going on and they are not supportive of their emotional needs.
Teachers often do not know what is happening with the child and they can underestimate the effects of anxiety on the student and their peers. Teachers can mistake anxiety for many other things and sometimes do not have the knowledge yet on how to recognize anxiety in children, work with the parents
ADHD Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments: What Every Christian Should Know
By Grant Weaver,
Posted May 15th, 2017
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What is ADHD?
The fifth edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic Statistical Manual (DSM-5) lists Attention-Deficit Disorder (ADD) / Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) as a “Neuro-developmental Disorder” and refers to it as a neurological disease. It notes that it is not only found in children, but in adolescents and adults.
The DSM-5 states that “individuals with ADHD may present with both inattention and hyperactivity/impulsivity, or one symptom pattern may predominate … Three presentations of ADHD are commonly referred to: combined-type, inattentive-type and hyperactive/impulsive-type … the appropriate presentation of ADHD should be indicated based on the predominant symptom pattern for the last six months.”
Summarizing the DSM-5’s description of ADHD, the ADHD Institute defines it as “a persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development, has symptoms presenting in two or more settings (e.g. at home, school, or work; with friends or relatives; in other activities), and negatively impacts directly on social, academic, or occupational functioning. Several symptoms must have been present before age 12 years.”
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIH) considers ADHD “a brain disorder marked by an ongoing pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development.”
The NIH delineates three basic types:
Inattention means a person wanders off task, lacks persistence, has difficulty sustaining focus, and is disorganized, and these problems are not due to defiance or lack of comprehension.
Hyperactivity means a person seems to move about constantly, including in situations in which it is not appropriate, or ...Read More