Helping Young People Develop Into Thriving Adults
Individuals typically think of therapy as a resource to help adults handle the intricacies of life. However, more and more, our children are feeling the weight and worry of life’s problems just as deeply as we do. Counseling for children and adolescents in Little Rock at Compass Family Counseling is all about assisting kids and teens as they learn to cope and deal with these troubles. You can learn more about the ways that we support young people through their therapy journey on this page, or you can get in touch with one of our therapists to schedule a consultation today.
Reasons Children & Adolescents May Need to Work with a Therapist
There are many reasons why your child or teen may be referred to our office or you may be considering therapy for them. While the specific reason you found this page may be different, the underlying reason why parents consider therapy for their children is almost always the same – we want our kids to be healthy, happy, and thriving. If you notice your child is struggling academically, emotionally, with peers, or at home, therapy may be a beneficial resource to help your child or adolescent develop skills to more easily navigate their daily lives. A few of the common issues that we attend to in therapy for children and teens include:
- Stress and anxiety
- Social skills
- School issues
- Family problems
- Blended household issues (separation, step-parents, step-siblings, and so on)
- Handling abuse (sexual, physical, and psychological)
- Separation or divorce
- Handling grief and loss
- Managing chronic or systemic illness
Can Therapy Benefit My Child or Teen?
Many young people profit from the support of a healing relationship with a caring therapist. No matter what concern brings their child to our practice, parents are often surprised by how much therapy has improved their child’s overall wellbeing. Some of the benefits of therapy for young people include:
- Giving your child a safe space to express their emotions
- Helping young people understand the complexities of situations and make informed decisions
- Increasing empathy and compassion
- Developing healthy coping skills and increased resilience in the face of adversity
- Processing difficult events or emotions
- Overcoming self-doubt and feeling more capable and independent
What to Expect During Therapy for Children & Adolescents
Your child’s therapy sessions are completely personalized to their unique set of needs. In the early stages of therapy, we may want to speak with you directly about why your child is visiting with us and what you hope they will accomplish during therapy. This is especially important for younger children, but we always like to include parents and/or other family members in the therapy process for young people. The more support the child or adolescent has outside our practice, the more likely they are to be successful in achieving the therapy goals we develop together.
Throughout your child’s therapy sessions, our counselors will make use of various research-based strategies that are shown to help children and adolescents. For very young children, that may include play therapy, which is a form of psychotherapy that uses to play and creativity to provide safe spaces for children to learn to identify and express their emotions. For older children and teens, we will rely on many of the same therapy techniques we utilize when working with our adult patients. Regardless of the specific methods of therapy incorporated in each session, your child’s counselor will be focused on helping them achieve their goals, and therapists are always willing to adjust their approach to meet the needs presented during counseling sessions.
Who Offers Therapy for Children & Adolescents
Our skilled clinicians have the knowledge and skill to partner with young people to achieve their therapy goals. Learn more about our counselors who offer therapy for children and adolescents by clicking the links below:
- Get to Know Dan
- Get to Know Marty
- Get to Know Janelle
- Get to Know Betsy
- Adolescents only
- Get to Know Shannan
- Adolescents only
- Get to Know Sarah
- Adolescents only
If you have any concerns or issues related to counseling for children or teens, please don’t hesitate to call us. There is absolutely nothing more vital than the wellness and health of your family, and we want to assist you in accomplishing a happier and brighter future for your child.
We made setting up a therapy session with one of our skilled and qualified therapists as easy as possible, offering you three simple contact options:
#1 Call us at 501-291-3732
#2 Click here to fill out and submit our 'Contact Us' form
#3 Email us at [email protected]
When you call, one of our team members will discuss your appointment request and gather any necessary information to direct you to the best counselor to address your individual needs and schedule a consultation call. If you email us or submit a contact request form, we will call you within 24-hours to setup a consultation with a therapist who will be ready to serve you. Either way, we’re happy to chat with you to answer questions and help you schedule your therapy sessions.