Individual, family and group counseling sessions with a licensed therapist can help children reduce the of symptoms of anxiety or depression, develop better self-esteem, learn new coping skills, improve social skills, and learn how to communicate more effectively. Through the development of these skills, children can develop more positive peer relationships and improve their relationships with family members.
Children who have difficulty learning, who find school work more challenging than their friends, or who do not process information as easily as their peers can begin to feel negatively about themselves and their capabilities. These children can also begin to feel anxious or worried about going to school and whether they will be able to be successful within the academic environment. Additionally, some children with learning challenges can become overly sad or depressed when they recognize that they are not able to learn and work as easily as other people their age.
When a child’s self-esteem is affected, or when anxiety or depression emerges, he or she may begin to withdraw from school, may begin to experience physical symptoms or pain — that affects their ability to attend school, and may experience test anxiety significant enough to have an impact on performance. At times like this, it can be very helpful for these children to receive counseling to address the emotions associated with their learning or processing challenges so that they may develop improved self-image and learn coping strategies to manage the feelings they experience, and thereby mitigate any negative consequences to their academic performance.
In addition to individual counseling, social and emotional groups for children 6 to 16 years are ongoing.
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