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.
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
4 Ways a Child Counselor Can Turn Your Child’s Frown Upside Down
By Spencer Fox,
Posted April 18th, 2017
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Hello there! If you’ve found your way here, you’re probably looking for some support for your little one at home. Maybe there are some behavioral issues your child is showing, or maybe they seem to be just stuck in the blues and unable to play like some of their peers can.
First of all, this can be a scary and sad thing as a parent to see your kiddo not shining the way you know they can. I want to praise you just for finding your way here and taking the first steps towards finding help for your child and your family. That shows a tremendous amount of strength and will go far towards getting the help you’re looking for.
Now, how can a child counselor help and what does child therapy actually look like?
One of the most formative sessions I’ve ever had with a child ended up with me being spat on. Twice. I was seeing this six-year-old boy with divorced parents and two sisters with major behavioral issues of their own. Put simply, their home life was very chaotic. I had been working with this family for close to a year, and I was winding down my time as a clinical intern at this site.
In order to ease the transition for this family, I wanted to give them ample notice I was leaving, so I informed the boy and his mother that I would be leaving in a couple of months. Now, the boy, we’ll call him Charlie, and
2 Signs that Mental Health in Children is at Risk in 2016
Posted August 24th, 2016
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Living in today’s fast-paced and increasingly unpredictable world, you might wonder what the future (or even the present) holds for the mental health of children in these times. This is a natural question, given that our children are growing up in a world full of violence, both in the media, we are exposed to and in the real world we live in.
The Impact of Violence on Our Children
One risk for children today is the extent and the degree to which they are exposed to threats or violence. Tragically, many children in our culture are exposed to threats and/or violence on a daily basis. We see this in things like exposure to unhealthy media (news, TV shows, video games, Internet sites, etc.), bullying, and hearing about the painful events that occur in our nation and our world.
This exposure to violent media can increase aggressiveness in children. This is a serious concern given that many of the most popular games played by young people today encourage the players to kill, or at least injure, the other characters in order to succeed. Role-playing games, arcade games (fighting games), and so-called “first-person shooter” games are some of the genres that immediately come to mind. Did you know that there are mainstream, widely-available games that promote things like senselessly murdering people, stealing cars, and having sex with prostitutes? These are the kinds of “games” that some children in our culture are filling their minds with.