At Mansitherapy, we often come across hassled parents, complaining about how their kid is unmanageable, disobedient or is behaving weirdly. We usually explain to them how children and teens function and further help them identify, understand and manage the underlying issue.
One very important thing to understand while dealing with kids and teenagers is: The behaviour is not the problem, it is the manifestation of the problem.
For example, getting a new brother or sister or going to a new school may cause a child to temporarily act out. Warning signs that it might be a more serious problem requiring professional help include:
When children experience emotions or engage in behaviours that interfere with their happiness and ability to thrive, they may benefit from meeting with a mental health professional.
A child psychologist works with children who might have varying levels of mental, emotional, or social problems. They help children cope with stresses like divorce, death, and family or school transitions, accepting a new sibling into their life, anxiety, academic difficulties, social awkwardness, behavioural issues, depression, etc.
Parents and children often attend therapy sessions together, as therapy can be a safe space in which to address the thoughts, feelings, and emotions that they may be experiencing.
The problems that affect children are often treated differently than adults as they have different needs, so the techniques used in therapy must accommodate these. For example, children are easily bored, making the use of traditional therapy options somewhat difficult, so a child psychologist must make interactions fun and entertaining whenever possible, sometimes using games and toys.
Children and adolescents may feel uncomfortable, afraid, or ashamed about communicating what they are experiencing to an adult they do not know. If you are a parent, these tips can help when talking to your child about therapy and mental health care:
There is a myriad of factors that can impact a child’s mental health status, both positively and negatively. Providing your child with an environment that demonstrates love, compassion, trust, and understanding will greatly impact their well-being and will allow them to develop the resilience to cope with whatever life throws at them and grow into well-rounded, healthy adults.
If you feel your child or teen may be having any emotional or behavioural difficulties feel free to contact a mental health professional. We, at Mansitherapy, have recently expanded our practice to include more brilliant and competent psychologists who offer family, child and teen counselling, using a range of evidence-based therapeutic techniques, which are tailored to meet the unique requirements of every child and teen.