Counseling for Children & Teens

two boysWe are especially passionate about our work with children & teens. Our clients include children as young as 3 years old, school-age children, adolescents and teens.

Our friendly, caring counselors help young clients feel supported through difficult experiences, cope with painful emotions, improve behavior, and develop better ways to handle life challenges. Our therapists understand the developmental and emotional needs of children and teens, and are experienced in addressing a range of issues:

  • Abuse and/or neglect
  • Adjustment to change
  • Anger, defiance, and acting out
  • Anxiety and stress
  • Attention deficit and hyperactivity disorders (ADHD)
  • Eating disorders
  • Excessive worry, nervousness, or sadness
  • Family relationship issues including separation, divorce, blended families
  • Gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender issues
  • Grief and loss
  • School issues:
    • Bullying or being bullied
    • Defiance or disruptive behavior
    • Peer relationship problems
    • School avoidance or truancy
  • Self-esteem problems
  • Self-injury
  • Social problems such as shyness, social anxiety, and peer interaction difficulties
  • Substance use/abuse

Play therapy

Older children and teens are usually able to verbalize their experiences and feelings during counseling sessions. For younger children, our therapists often use “play therapy,” the use of toys, games, or art activities, to help the child share his feelings and experiences.

A team approach

Successful therapy for children and teens often involves teamwork with family members and other key people in the child’s life. If your child is disruptive at home, for example, both parents and even siblings may need to be involved in the therapeutic process in order to achieve the desired improvement in family interactions.

Collaborating with teachers, school social workers, and other health professionals may also be helpful in addressing a child’s emotional and behavioral issues. Because of the confidential nature of our services, YFC’s counselors will communicate with these professionals only with written parental consent.

See Becoming a client to find out how to get started.