Children experience many transitions throughout life. These can include adjustments in the area of family, relationships, school, or extracurricular activities. A myriad of factors, including temperament, lack of life experiences, or being faced with too many changes at one time, can impact the child’s ability to weather these challenges. Changes in our lives create losses which may need to be grieved. We understand during these seasons, parents may also be experiencing a great deal of adjustment, making it difficult to pinpoint exactly what your child is needing or how to best help them.
In the midst of this difficult time of transition, the professionals at Journeys Counseling Center want to help you feel more connected to your child and help you work closely with your child to find solutions to these difficulties. Some examples may include helping your child find ways to meet basic and universal needs such as belonging, security, recognition, and enjoyment. Also, we may help your child walk through a grieving process that could include understanding who they are in the midst of this change, creating new rituals and finding gains, or recognizing what has remained constant and stable in their lives. In addition, this process may involve building more social and problem solving skills and increasing a sense of self-worth through a variety of creative means, such as play, art, or story-telling.
A Journeys counselor is always there to offer support and guidance for your child and entire family. We have several counselors who specialize in connecting with children and working with families. Our offices are warm and inviting for both kids and adults and are furnished with toys, craft supplies, and stuffed animals to foster communication and connection. Our counselors will also work with parents and/or caregivers on strategies for supporting their children.