Is your child’s behavior age appropriate or worrisome?
Do their emotions seem too big to handle?
Are they getting into trouble all the time?
Younger children have fewer coping skills and less control over their environment. Early in their child development stages, they are less able to verbalize emotional problems and consequently don’t know how to show their distress. That distress can come out indirectly such as poor behavior. As parents you often see the “acting out,” or power struggles as the problem. However, the real issue may be with sleeping, eating, disrespect, or personal safety. Sometimes children even express emotional difficulties as physical complaints such as “tummy aches.”
Therapy with Young Children
As your child works their way through their child development stages, children learn best using a mixture of techniques involving play and direct teaching because these are already familiar avenues for a young child to experience an adult. Through the therapeutic use of play, children are given the opportunity to express their feelings naturally, and safely which then enables the healing process to begin. Combined with direct teaching, your child can develop skills to promote appropriate behavior to problem solve, make good decisions and control their impulses.
How We Help
At Bellevue Family Counseling, we primarily use experience-based therapies such as sand tray, art or Play Therapy. These offer your child the opportunity to identify, discuss and understand the emotions that create their internal distress. Next, we process those emotions and develop appropriate tools and skills, in age-appropriate ways. In this way, they learn to manage the internal and external conflicts that are their struggles and express them more effectively and appropriately.
Therapy can help your child:
- Identify and cope with feelings
- Enhance self-confidence and competence
- Reduce anxiety about challenging life events
- Develop skills to promote appropriate behavior