CHILDREN

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At the Family Resource Counseling Center, we offer individual counseling services for children. We understand that children communicate differently than adults and often express their feelings most clearly through art and play. Play therapy uses a skill that most children have already within them—that is the ability to play and create. We meet children at their level so that we can help them get to know themselves and interact with others most effectively. These approaches to therapy are used as a means for working with children who don’t yet have the language skills to express their thoughts and emotions clearly and verbally. Over time, the children we see gain the skills, knowledge, and confidence to express themselves verbally, manage their emotions, and cope better with the world. In addition to individual therapy for children, we also offer counseling to siblings, families, and parents, as well as testing & assessment.

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Infants, Children, Adolescents and Young Adults: Testing and Assessment

Gain a better understanding of how your child is functioning in her or his cognitive, emotional and behavioral development. Assessment is useful for children and adolescents who:

  • have reactions that seem out of proportion to the situation
  • have difficulty paying attention
  • underachieve in school work
  • develop at a slower rate than other same-aged kids
  • academically out-perform peers or are bored in school
  • have difficulty coping with a recent trauma or divorce
  • engage in behaviors that seem odd or hard to explain
  • experience memory or cognitive impairment after head trauma
  • have a difficult time getting along with their peers

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Areas of Assessment:

  • Gifted Abilities
  • Learning Disorders
  • Motor Skills Development
  • Communication Disorders
  • Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD)
  • Cognitive Disorders due to Head Trauma
  • Impaired Intellectual Functioning
  • Developmental/Autism Spectrum Disorders:
  • Behavioral Difficulties
  • Emotional Disturbances
  • Trauma

Areas of Treatment:

  • Academic Concerns
  • Adoption
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety or Fears
  • Asperger’s Syndrome
  • Attention Deficit (ADHD)
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Bullying
  • Chronic Impulsivity
  • Chronic Pain or Illness
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Conflicts with peers and friends
  • Coping Skills
  • Depression
  • Developmental Disorders
  • Divorce
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Family Conflict
  • Internet Addiction
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Loss or Grief
  • Obesity
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Behaviors
  • Oppositional Defiance
  • Self Esteem
  • Self-Harming
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sleep Problems
  • Social Skills
  • Trauma and PTSD

Parenting Support

Parenthood, the most wonderfully challenging role you can take on. One minute you feel competent and empowered, and the next overwhelmed and confused. You set out with good intentions, yet the path to meeting your parental goals might not always be clear. What felt effective one day, may not the next as your child is changing physically, cognitively, and emotionally. In addition, many parents are facing a variety of environmental factors such as balancing work life and parenthood, financial and/or family stress, possible trauma, and even a parent’s own personal stress level and mood. There are so many variants on a day-to-day basis that play into your ability to parent and make the best decisions you can, which may leave you questioning yourself and needing help.

Through the therapeutic process, you can gain support and guidance, as well as knowledge about child development and neurological growth. The goal is to help you feel comfortable and empowered in your decision-making process.