Counseling for Children

Children & Mental Health Diagnosis

According to brain development research, children cannot think abstractly (like adults can) until they are in early adulthood; and, as a consequence, many children cannot communicate verbally to adults “what is wrong.” As a result, many children “communicate” through undesirable behaviors in relationships or difficulties at school. In these situations, it is important to involve the parents/caregivers as well as the child because the solution is often more of a process than a “quick fix.” However, some children do actually suffer from emotional and psychological issues. In fact, children can suffer from depression, anxiety, grief, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. In these cases, it is important to seek appropriate treatment including counseling.

Brain Development & Trauma Prevention

Often times, a child may have an event happen to them that most would not consider “traumatic,” but to the child, this event may be extremely disturbing. The effects of these events often come out in their behavior and emotional outbursts. In these situations, trauma-informed counseling along with family therapy may be recommended.

Teens can benefit from counseling as a preventative measure to avoid future psychological issues. Especially at a stage of development when many teens reduce confiding in their parents, being able to talk to someone outside of their typical environment can create a safe place for them to talk about any issues that they may be facing. Any teen can benefit from talking with a counselor about issues like peer pressure to drugs and alcohol, sexual pressure, academic stress, anger, depression, anxiety, bullying, self-esteem, eating disorders and more.  Having your child engage in counseling may help them gain skills to cope with an increasingly competitive world and stay emotionally and physically healthy.

At Health for Life Grand Rapids, we have multiple therapists and counselors who are trained in working with children and teenagers as well as their parents. Some examples of why families seek to have their child or teen in counseling are:

Therapists can help with feelings such as:

Our Counselors are licensed and can help with conditions such as:

For Children

Melodie Whitmore

Trauma-Informed Counseling for Women, Young Adults, and Couples

Natalie Arnold

Trauma Therapy and Counseling for Women, Children and Couples

Lindsey Beaver

Trauma Informed Counseling for Children, Teens, Young Adults and Adults

Brendan Cole

Counseling and EMDR for Adolescents, Teens and Adults

Justyne Ortquist

Trauma-Informed Counseling and Emotion-Focused Therapy for Couples, Individuals, and Families

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