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Children and Adolescent Treatment

By Greta Nielsen, LCPC, NCC

Today children and their families are faced with a multitude of stressors and parents wonder if their child’s response to the stress is serious enough to necessitate outside involvement, or are they just going through a “phase”? The best indicator as to whether or not a child would benefit from outpatient counseling is their behavior. Are their behaviors causing problems across a variety of settings such as school, home and with friends? Are they regressing, returning to behaviors more common for younger children? Is their school work declining? Is your once social butterfly now reclusive? Are they having trouble sleeping or
eating? Are they avoiding school? Are they being self-destructive? Any change in their normal routine and way of relating over a period of more than four weeks is a pretty good sign that there is something they are struggling with that is out of their control.

Arbor’s Child and Family Counselors help children, teens and their parents manage the difficulties they encounter and give them the skills to overcome, or perhaps even prevent, the development of disorders that negatively impact their functioning. Arbor’s clinicians are skilled at addressing many issues facing children and their families but the ones most commonly identified are:

Treatment approaches differ based on the type of presenting problems, the diagnosis given, and the resources available to the client. There is no cookie cutter approach that works best, but we do know a combination of individual, family and, at times, medication work well to make the most significant and lasting changes in the child and his/her environment. Arbor’s clinicians utilize the following modalities in working with you and your child:

We hope we can help you, your child and your family obtain, or return to, a state of health and happiness.