We believe that children and teens communicate with us without speaking a word. When things bother children and teens they usually don’t want to talk about it: children because they might not know how, and teens because they don’t want to.
That might be what you are experiencing with your child right now; the lack of communication is what is making you realize that something else is going on inside. Something negative that needs to be addressed, but you don’t know how to go about doing that.
At Unique Mindcare, we view and treat children and teens as individuals and help parents like you through counseling that treats your child as a whole. This holistic, brain-body approach is how we can help them communicate how they feel, what they need, and how we can help them heal from negative experiences and feelings in the past.
How does counseling work?
The first step in our therapy approach is to observe the patient in a familiar activity. We can learn a lot about what is bothering a child just by watching how he or she plays with toys. We can tell what children are feeling simply by looking at one of their drawings or paintings. These are important ways they express themselves when they can’t find the right words.
Many times we learn more from teens from what they’re not saying than by what they’re saying. When it comes to understanding the emotions of a teen, it’s all about facial expressions, body language, and the way they dress. The most important thing to remember is children and teens often act the way they do because they feel unnoticed and need some attention.
Once we understand what it is that is affecting the child or teen, we can recommend a counseling program designed to help the patient heal in a healthy way. We involve the parents every step of the way, encouraging positive reinforcement rather than focusing on the negative. Children and teens tend to react favorably to positive reinforcement and will modify their behavior accordingly.
We find that children and teens are happiest when they are recognized and rewarded for positive behavior – just like adults.
For more information regarding our approach to helping children and teens heal and grow past negative and traumatic experiences, contact Unique Mindcare to schedule an appointment.