Atlanta Child Therapy

Sandy Springs Therapy for Kids and Teens in Atlanta, GA

For most parents, the health and well-being of their child is one of the most important things in life.  If the child is happy, the parent is happy.  If the child is sad or disturbed, it can be difficult for a parent to focus on much else.  As parents, although we want to see our children thrive and flourish in their environment, at times, we are at a complete loss as to how to make that happen. Days may be filled with tears, screaming, slammed doors, or silence.  

Trained child therapists are able to speak with your child and assess the problems they face in ways that are different from what the parent is able to do.  You love your child more than anyone else in the world, and for that reason, you may know that you are not fully equipped to help him or her in the best way possible.  Sometimes being the best caregiver for someone is knowing when you need help in providing that care. Call Thriveworks Atlanta Child Therapy at (404) 682-1923.

Child Therapy in Sandy Springs, GA Can Help

Your teenager will not talk to you. You ask how his day was and he just walks on by.  You don’t want to invade his privacy, but you fear what you may find in his dresser drawers. Your child stays out late, doesn’t tell you where they have been, and repeats this pattern night after night. You are at your wit’s end.  

Child therapy can help. Perhaps being in the safe environment of a counselor’s office can help your teenager open up in news ways, or about things he is not comfortable talking about with his mom or dad.  Maybe your fears about your child are unfounded, or maybe they are worse than you feared.  A trained child therapist is equipped to deal with whatever the truth may be in your child’s life. 

The school day is long and hard for your child. She is sent to the office many times, unable to sit still, unable to pay attention, unable to make friends. She is lonely and not learning. You are called to the school many times, told she may not be able to move on to the next grade, and that she is disruptive in the classroom.  You see this behavior at home as well, but no matter what you try, it continues day after day.

Child therapy can help. We are familiar with seeing children of all types and behavior levels. We will not be shocked by how he or she acts in our office. We can identify serious psychological and emotional problems that may be holding your child back in school. A trained child therapist can help identify any underlying medical or psychological problems and help treat these so that your child can thrive in their environment.  

Identifying the Problem

The reasons a parent makes the important decision to bring their child to therapy vary greatly.  Your son or daughter may be going through an intense transition and need help dealing with their new reality.  Or perhaps your child has had deep emotional problems that you have always known existed and cannot ignore any longer.  Maybe your child experienced a serious trauma and you are unprepared and unskilled in handling the consequences.  Whatever the reason that you are reading this page, our trained child therapists are equipped to handle your child’s difficulty.   

Reasons to pursue child therapy include: 

  • Anxiety
  • ADD/ADHD symptoms
  • Obsessive-compulsive behaviors
  • Trouble in school
  • Addictions
  • Experienced abuse or neglect
  • Life transition such as parent’s divorce
  • Difficulty adjusting to a new environment
  • Loss of a loved one
  • Autism symptoms or concerns
  • Eating disorders
  • Behavioral problems at school or home
  • Illegal drug use
  • Emotional or psychological problems

The reason you are considering therapy for your child may have popped out from that list immediately.  Or perhaps the problem is a combination of several items on the list, or did not appear at all.  You, as the parent, are the expert on your child.  If you feel that something is just not right, or you feel seriously unsettled about something with your child, do not ignore that feeling.  

Sometimes children are just going through a phase or having a difficult time adjusting to a new setting.  The teenage years were difficult for many of us.  How many would want to return to middle school?  Maybe the problems your child are facing are normal patterns in life, but maybe they are not.  Even if the challenges your child are confronting are “normal,” they may still need help processing their feelings and emotions, and a child therapist may be just the right person to assist your child in that journey. We can help you as the parent; we do not replace you.

Methods of Child Therapy

There are many methods for working with a child that differ from working with an adult.  Your child’s age will help determine what strategies are best for having open communication between he or she and the therapist.  Our trained Thriveworks child therapist will be able to identify what type of therapy will be best for your child’s unique situation.

Approaches to child therapy include:

  • Play therapy
  • Behavioral therapy
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Talk therapy
  • Teaching relaxation techniques
  • Teaching stress management
  • Developing coping skills
  • Identifying and treating serious medical issues
  • Identifying and treating serious psychological issues

Your child is unique and special.  There is no other child like him or her in the world.  There is no one child therapy technique that is right for every child.  A skilled child therapist understands that and will develop a strategy that will help your child communicate in an open and clear way, no matter what their age or situation.

Thriveworks Atlanta Child Therapists Can Help in Sandy Springs

Thriveworks counselors and therapists are experts in their field. They are trained in child therapy and have experience dealing with the issues that your child is facing. Our therapists are leaders in their field and they are ready to help you and your child today. We will help you help your child as soon as possible.

It would be an honor to assist you and your child on this journey. Call Thriveworks Atlanta Child Therapy at (404) 682-1923.