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Child Counseling 101: When to Seek Help

Even people of faith go through crises in their lives. In fact, it is in these crises that faith is often tested. However, having faith doesn’t mean having to handle difficult times in one’s life alone. Increasingly, people are turning to an often effective source of help known as Christian counseling.

Christian counseling is the marriage of Christian values with current therapeutic techniques. That is not to say that other counselors cannot share the same values, but that Christian counselors are specifically versed in the teachings of the Bible and how they can be used along with our current understanding of the human psyche and how it functions in order to help those in need. Those who pursue help through counseling can rest assured that all the techniques of a properly licensed Christian counselor are Biblically based and rooted in the word of the Lord, while still giving respect to modern ideas of human behavior, development and conflict resolution.

Childhood should be a carefree, joyous time. But what happens when the youngest members of your family are feeling so much stress and anxiety that they are actually having a hard time enjoying what should be the most lighthearted moments in their lives? Certain changes and events, including divorce, illness, death in the family, moves, remarriages, and abuse can create the need for child counseling.

Children are people—they have their own distinct personalities, thoughts, and ideas. However, it’s essential to keep in mind that communicating with kids is not the same as it is with adults. When choosing a child counselor, make sure to find one that understands what makes communicating with children such a unique challenge.
Are you wondering if your child might benefit from the expertise of an experienced child counselor?

If you think it might be time to seek professional help for your young one, look out for these signs:

Please note—all children will display some or all of these signs at some point; it’s perfectly normal. We are all emotional creatures, and we cannot expect our children to be happy 100% of the time. But when these behaviors become constant, last for long periods of time, or seem to be extreme, then ask a child counselor about bringing your child in for an evaluation.

Changes in School Performance or Radical Changes in Daily Routine

When your child suddenly starts eating much more or less than they used to, or you see a definite change in their sleeping pattern (they are having trouble sleeping or are sleeping much more than they ever have before) it could be one of the first signs of a problem. Contact a child counseling center when you notice any of these things, or when their behavior or performance in school suddenly changes drastically.

Long Periods of Sadness

Every child will cry every now and then. But if you notice that your child seems sad for days or weeks at a time, and nothing seems to make them feel better, then the problem may be deeper. Keep in mind that children will most likely show their sadness through actions, not words. They may be withdrawn, speak less, not want to engage in their favorite activities, or might even break rules or throw tantrums in an effort to express themselves.

A Sudden Return to Younger Behavior

Is your potty trained child suddenly having accidents or wetting the bed? Maybe your school aged child is sucking their thumb, asking to be carried all the time, or requesting a bottle. Regressive behavior is a sign that child counseling might be in order. It can also be a warning signal that something more serious is going on, so don’t hesitate to call a professional.