Children at any age can develop emotional and behavioral problems. Stressful or traumatic life events such as divorce or remarriage of parents, abuse, beginning of school, or moving can cause or exacerbate problems.
- difficulty sleeping, nightmares
- change in appetite
- frequent stomach aches
- intense anger outbursts
- prolonged sadness
- social problems, bullying
- difficulties in school
How Counseling Can Help
Counseling for younger children can look very different from that of adults; it frequently involves play or craft activities. Through play, children learn new coping skills and improve their self esteem. They can often express through play or art what they cannot yet verbalize. This enables the therapist to gain insight in how to treat the child. In addition to sessions with the child, I work very closely with parents and other involved adults, such as teachers, to ensure the best possible outcome for every child.
“Antje’s gentle nature is sensed by children, making her easy to talk to. She helped our 5 year old son learn valuable tools for helping himself. What a life skill. She encouraged the rest of the family to participate/celebrate in his emotional awareness and learning. I enjoy seeing him return to using these tools to process new experiences in a healthy way.”
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