Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if my child or I need counseling?
Significant life events can cause stress that might lead to emotional and/or behavioral problems such as changes in mood, sleep habits, appetite, ability to concentrate, academic/work and social functioning among others. When these changes are noticed it is helpful to have a professional assess the biological psychological and social functioning of the individual. These assessments are completed with the purpose of identifying present strengths and needs, and together draw a road map to solve the problems at hand and/or to achieve a healthier level of functioning.
Therapy provides the individual with coping strategies, education, empowerment and determination to overcome any social, personal or professional difficulty. Some signs that you or your child might benefit from seeing a therapist are:
- sexual, physical, or emotional abuse or other traumatic events
- learning or attention problems (such as ADHD)
- behavioral problems (such as excessive anger, acting out, bedwetting or eating disorders)
- a significant drop in grades, particularly if your child normally maintains high grades
- episodes of sadness, tearfulness, or depression
- social withdrawal or isolation
- being the victim of bullying or bullying other children
- decreased interest in previously enjoyed activities
- overly aggressive behavior (such as biting, kicking, or hitting)
- sudden changes in appetite (particularly in adolescents)
- insomnia or increased sleepiness
- mood swings (e.g., happy one minute, upset the next)
- development of or an increase in physical complaints (such as headache, stomachache, or not feeling well) despite a normal physical exam by your doctor
- management of a serious, acute, or chronic illness
- signs of alcohol, drug, or other substance use (such as solvents or prescription drug abuse)
- problems in transitions (following separation, divorce, or relocation)
- bereavement issues
Can I prepare my child or myself for counseling?
Absolutely, the information imparted on this website is intended to help you prepare for therapy. It is imperative that you know about our services and approaches. If you have any question before your appointment please contact us. Please remember we are here to help and assist you. If we identify that your needs can not be met by our center, we will guide you through the right path by referring you to the right professional within the community.
Benefits of Counseling:
- Depressed mood can be lifted, managed and alleviated.
- Anxieties can be managed, mastered and alleviated.
- Through therapy difficult feelings can naturally be resolved.
- Skills in relationships and communication improve.
- Develop and maintain a sense of balance in life, a sense of contentment, satisfaction and skills for coping with life’s challenges.
- Clarity of direction and sense of self develops.
- Experiences of relaxation and relief from mental and physical tension.
Risks of Counseling:
- Occasional uncomfortable levels of sadness, guilt, anxiety, frustration, loneliness, helplessness or other negative feelings as a part of the process of healing and finding balance.
- Often symptoms worsen before improving.
- Unpleasant memories may be recalled through the process.
- Significant others in one’s life may have their own objections or negative reactions to a client’s positive changes.