It is not uncommon for children and adolescents to experience difficulties and challenges while growing up. However, as a parent or caregiver you want to watch out for these signs:
- Your child's difficulties are persistent, continuing for more than a reasonable time.
- Your child seems overwhelmed by his/her challenges.
- Your child's difficulties seem more intense for your child than other children of his/her age.
- Your child’s behaviors is getting them into more serious consequences at school , at home, or with the law.
For children, DeAne utilizes various types of play therapy approaches to address their issues in a positive proactive manner. Play therapy is a technique whereby the child’s natural means of expression, mainly play, is used as a therapeutic method to assist him/her in coping with emotional stress or trauma. It has been used effectively with children who have an understanding level of a three to ten year old, who are dealing with various life difficulties, trauma, and behavioral or emotional concerns. For children under three, DeAne combines play therapy, modeling, behavioral analysis, and parenting education to create more effective interventions.
For teens, DeAne utilizes a mixed of cognitive behavioral therapy with expressive therapy (art / writing /music / theater) to further address your teen’s mental health issues. She strives to explore your teen’s personal interests and is skilled in addressing deeper issues in an age appropriate manner that foster’s interest and self – exploration. Identity formation is vitally important at this point in a child’s life and DeAne seeks to work with you and your child in learning how to build a healthy foundation to promote success and fulfillment in life. At this point in life, peer influence and pushing boundaries seem to take president over parental respect and family alignment, DeAne can work with you on building a deeper understanding of what your teen may been attempting to communicate for healthier familial alignment and cohesion.
If your child or teen’s difficulties seem more intense than other children or don't go away, you and your child may need additional support and assistance. Remember, identifying symptoms early on can prevent more severe problems from developing in the future so mindfulness of your child’s personal patterns is vitally important. If your child is presently facing some of these challenges, learning the necessary tools to overcome these barriers - now and in the future - is KEY.
In addition to being skilled in addressing your child’s concerns, DeAne also works with parents on improving their parenting skills and learning new effective techniques that can foster more appropriate behavioral patterns and household structure. She utilizes the Active Parenting approach for behavioral interventions with children and teens and works with parents on creating a personalized behavioral plan that reflects each family’s unique personality, structure and dynamics.
For individuals who are divorce or getting a divorce, DeAne provides a structured Co-Parenting Series focused on building communication, trust, clarity and respect of the parental unit.
Being active in your child’s life and understanding your role in their concerns is also an important part of the counseling process with children; therefore, DeAne encourages you to be open and active in counseling development. A good support network can also assist your child in making positive choices and changes to get through the rough times in life. At Live Life Counseling and Consulting, DeAne customize her treatment program to your child's needs in helping your child deal with and overcome these struggles so they can have a more fulfilling life.
Common Childhood Struggles Include:
- How to cope with peer pressure
- Dealing with divorce or separation
- Cross cultural conflicts
- Identity problems
- Feeling sad & lonely
- Difficulty focusing
- Academic problems
- Low self-esteem & confidence Levels
- Motivational concerns
- Difficulty following directions
- Anger management
- Toilet training & enuresis issues
- Relationship difficulties
- Conflicts with parents or peers
- Ineffective communication
- Getting in trouble with the law
- Difficulty making friends
- Drug use
- Grief & loss issues
- Body image Issues
- Sexual activity
- Gender identity concerns
- Eating problems
- Sleeping difficulties
- Dealing with severe mental illness
- Time Management
- Independent living skills