Child Behavioral Issues.

In therapy at CARE Counseling, you may work as a family or caregiver to learn skills to help your child exhibit more helpful behaviors and your child may participate in play therapy to help them learn better emotional regulation skills.

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Child behavioral issues are complex and often reveal themselves in a variety of ways. Some signs of behavioral issues in children are aggression, acting defiant around adults, poor academic performance, social withdrawal, depression, anxiety, eating concerns, tantrums and outbursts, and self-harming behaviors.

It is common for caregivers to first think that your child is only acting out or seeking extra attention. The real concern may be deeper than that and the cause may not be obvious. Especially if your child is young, they may have difficulty telling you what they are feeling. If disruptive behaviors are uncommon for your child’s age, persist over time, or seem severe, it may be a sign that your child would benefit from counseling. Seeking counseling can help your family develop skills in encouraging more helpful behavior, help your child in regulating emotions, and allow all members to have a non-judgmental space to feel heard.

Child and Adolescent Academic Concerns

Struggling in class, not completing homework, and having difficulties making friends are natural school-related concerns that most children and adolescents face, but if your child is constantly facing the same issues, it may be worth talking to a counselor about your concerns. If you believe your child’s struggles may get in the way of their social, academic, physical, or other activities, it may indicate that their concerns require additional attention. Academic concerns are closely related to the mental health of children. According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, 21% of children and adolescents have a diagnosable mental health condition, but only about 20% of these children are diagnosed and treated. The added stress of academic struggles can exacerbate anxious and depressive symptoms in children. Counseling can help your child or adolescent with these mental health concerns, plus learning difficulties, behavioral concerns, school refusal, and life transitions that may impact their academic life.

In therapy at CARE Counseling, your child or adolescent may work to process stress, develop routines, and learn tools to address the root of the concern.


Common Symptoms related to Child Behavioral Issues

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Tantrums and outbursts
  • Meltdowns
  • Self-isolation
  • Physical aggression

Treatment at Care:

  • Attending family therapy to help change and repair family and help parents learn how to respond to your child’s behavior
  • Individual play therapy or cognitive-behavioral therapy for your child to help them learn emotional regulation and other coping skills
  • Parent-child interaction therapy may be helpful for children that need further support and attention

CARE’s Providers are In-Network with a variety of providers including:

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Additionally, Out of Network & Out of Pocket options are available.