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Child Therapy

Child Counseling Services in Milwaukee

Are you struggling with knowing what is going on with your child? Have you noticed new behaviors in your child recently? Are these behaviors different from the typical ones? You are not alone! Parenting is hard, and so much information is not accurate or helpful. Asking friends and family members can be helpful. Yet, they base their advice only on their experience with their unique child/children.

Our skilled and experienced child therapists have worked with hundreds of children. This experience is vital. It helps your child find tools to cope and succeed in this increasingly stressful world.

Sometimes, a child has difficulty communicating their feelings or what they need. This makes it challenging for them in school and at home. It can be overwhelming to know what to do. Child therapy can help, and it can be fun for your child!

Types of Child Therapy

Child therapy encompasses a variety of approaches. We tailor each approach to the child's unique needs. Some common types include:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) helps children identify and change negative thought patterns. It improves emotional regulation and behavior.
  • Play Therapy uses play as a medium for children to express feelings. It helps them understand experiences and learn coping mechanisms.
  • Family Therapy involves family members in therapy sessions. It aims to improve communication, resolve conflicts, and foster a supportive home environment.
  • Art Therapy encourages expression through art. It helps children communicate feelings they may be unable to express.
  • We encourage parent-child interaction therapy as a part of our therapy for a young child. Parent-child interaction allows parents to understand their child's needs better. It also lets them take part in the healing process.

Benefits of Child Therapy

Engaging a child in therapy can have many benefits, including:

  • Improved communication skills
  • Better emotional regulation
  • Increased self-esteem and confidence
  • Enhanced problem-solving abilities
  • Stronger family relationships
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Skill Building and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Children

Children are continuously growing and learning. Thus, therapy for children is often rich with skill-building. Children's anger management therapy sessions often teach and practice techniques. These techniques include feeling expression and cognitive restructuring. Skills taught and practiced during sessions often include:

  • feelings expression
  • cognitive restructuring
  • problem-solving
  • impulse control
  • social thinking skills
  • calming
  • coping skills
  • conflict resolution
  • assertiveness training
  • Therapists most often use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) with children and teens. It helps them realize the connection between thoughts, feelings, and behavior. This empowers them to make positive choices in each of these areas.
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How is child therapy different from adult and adolescent therapy?

Therapy with children looks different from therapy with adults. When we think of therapy, most of us envision sitting on a couch and discussing feelings. A therapist listens and provides feedback. Adolescents may engage in this traditional style. Yet, children typically cannot reflect on their feelings or experiences in this way. Instead, young children express themselves most comfortably and freely through play.

How does child therapy work?

Therapy with kids is more interactive and activity/play-based. We use a variety of therapeutic games, toys, and art. This helps children communicate naturally. During this playtime, significant work is being done. Children work through feelings and problems during play. A child therapist can make this process meaningful, productive, and fun. They'll want to come back to do it.

Children need to learn these skills to handle their emotions. They also need them to interact with others. We can help children build resilience and develop healthy coping mechanisms. We can do this by giving them the tools to express their feelings effectively. We can help them think through problems, control impulses, and handle conflicts assertively.

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Parent Involvement in Child's Therapy

Parent/Caregiver involvement is an essential component of therapy with young children. They usually join sessions for the first few minutes. They share recent observations or concerns. They also celebrate the progress made since the last session. Then, we invite parents to join the session again at the end. They summarize our therapeutic activities, insights, and skills learned during the session. They also discuss ways to support our therapeutic goals. We collaborate to develop these goals at home and school.

FAQ of Child Counseling

Child counseling, often called child therapy or pediatric therapy, is a specialized area of mental health care. It focuses on the needs of children and adolescents. It provides a safe space for children to express themselves. They can understand their emotions and learn coping mechanisms. Below are some frequently asked questions about child counseling.

What is Child Therapy?

Child counseling, often called child therapy or pediatric therapy, is a specialized area of mental health care. It focuses on the needs of children and adolescents. It provides a safe space for children to express themselves. They can understand their emotions and learn coping mechanisms. Below are some frequently asked questions about child counseling.

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Why Might a Child Need Counseling?

Children might need counseling for a variety of reasons, including but not limited to:

  • Behavioral issues: Such as aggression, defiance, or school-related problems.
  • Emotional distress: Including anxiety, depression, or low self-esteem.
  • Trauma: Following a traumatic event or abuse.
  • Family dynamics: Like divorce, the death of a loved one, or sibling rivalry.
  • Developmental disorders include Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

How to Find a Pediatric Therapist Near Me?

To find a pediatric therapist or a child counselor near you, consider the following steps:

  1. School Recommendations: School counselors might recommend local therapists who work well with children.
  2. Use online directories: Filter your search for 'child therapists' or 'pediatric therapists' in your area.
  3. Professional organizations like the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and the American Psychological Association (APA) have searchable directories.

What Happens in Child Counseling Sessions?

Child counseling sessions can vary greatly. This depends on the child therapist and the needs of the child. Generally, they include:

  • Initial Assessment: The child therapist will work to understand the child's needs, background, and family dynamic.
  • Therapeutic Techniques: The child therapist will use play therapy, art therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), or other methods. They will use these methods to help the child express themselves. They will also help the child develop coping strategies.
  • Parental Involvement: A child therapist often involves parents or caregivers in the therapy process to guide supporting the child's emotional and psychological well-being at home.

Should My Child Start Therapy?

Children take part in therapy for a variety of reasons. This includes but is not limited to the following:

  • life transitions (moving, divorce/remarriage
  • starting a new school
  • difficulty adjusting to life changes)
  • anxiety/worries (separation, social, generalized, panic, OCD-type thoughts/behaviors)
  • depression (low self-esteem, negative self-statements, irritability, emotional outbursts, lack of interest in activities)
  • ADHD (impulsiveness, hyperactivity, attention problems)
  • behavior issues (oppositional defiance, anger outbursts, temper tantrums, aggression)
  • social issues (difficulty developing or maintaining friendships, conflicts with peers)

Is my child too young for child counseling?

Not every child therapist or counselor chooses to engage with young children. It becomes critical to find out the range of ages they cater to from the counselor. Lauri Budzynski, counselor for children, works with children as young as three. Child-centered play therapy, for instance, can be effective even with toddlers. Lauri Budzynski is a formidable counselor who focuses on child therapy. She extends her expertise to children as young as three. She uses child-centered play therapy when suitable.

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How do you choose a child counselor in Milwaukee?

When looking for a child counselor in Milwaukee or any other location, consider the following factors:

  • Specialization: Ensure the child therapist has experience and training in dealing with children's specific issues.
  • Approach: Look for a therapist whose approach aligns with your child's needs and your family values.
  • Credentials: Verify the therapist's licensure and certifications.
  • Recommendations: Seek referrals from trusted sources or read reviews from other parents.
  • Comfort: Choose a therapist with whom your child feels comfortable and safe.

What to do when a child refuses therapy?

There are many views on this question. If a child refuses therapy, there can be many reasons why. It is crucial to get a clear idea of the reason. If they fear coming in because they don't understand it, book a consultation so they can see the space.

If they are uncertain about meeting a new adult, have them watch a video of Lauri Budzynski, Molly Selby, Kate Valente, or the other therapists at Shoreside Therapies.

If they had therapy before and did not connect with the therapist, try to allow for a choice. For your child to feel comfortable, they may need to meet a few therapists. This is entirely acceptable, and most therapists understand the importance of these meetings.

The therapist/client relationship is the most critical part of therapy. If they still do not want to attend, try setting up an appointment with a parenting therapist for yourself. This can help you create a parenting plan and get ideas to help your child. Another great option is the group classes that Molly Selby offers during the summer. Groups are a great way to support your child in continuing to learn skills. They also help your child socialize in small groups (3-5 kids maximum).

Why is child counseling valuable?

Child counseling can be crucial support for children. They may be dealing with emotional, behavioral, or familial issues. Child therapy helps children navigate their experiences and develop into healthy, well-adjusted individuals. It provides a safe environment for expression and learning.

If you are looking for "child counseling services near me," Shoreside Therapies is the answer! Shoreside Therapies is known for having the best therapists in Milwaukee and Whitefish Bay. We also provide anxiety therapy, ADHD therapy, depression therapy, and family therapy.

Whether these issues are recent or emerging, therapy can help! Set up a free 15-minute consult today!

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Molly Selby, MSW, LCSW

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Molly Selby, MSW, LCSW

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4530 N Oakland Ave
Whitefish Bay, WI 53211

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Kate Valente MS, LPC

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Kate Valente MS, LPC

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1429 N. Prospect Ave
Milwaukee WI, 53202

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Lauri Budzynski, MA, LPC, NCC

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Lauri Budzynski, MA, LPC, NCC

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4530 N Oakland Ave
Whitefish Bay, WI 53211