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Tulsa Counseling for Kids with Behavioral problems

Raising a child can be challenging, especially when they have problems with their behavior, attention, and mood or when there are difficulties at home or school. If problems go untreated, children can develop low self-esteem, perform poorly at school, have troubling relationships with friends and family, or not live up to their potential.  Some common behavior problems are defiance at home or school, poor impulse control, bullying, frequent displays of anger/rage, self-harming, and lying.   

Feelings of sadness, anger or guilt can be difficult for a child to process and verbalize. Struggling with how to deal with a traumatic event or intense fears can be hard for a child to express. Children have difficulty finding words to express complex emotions and others may avoid sharing these feelings to protect members of the family or because the child feels responsible for the event.  In times of emotional turmoil, children may have changes in behavior. If your child is showing behavior problems, they may benefit from therapy and counseling.

 

Tulsa Counseling for Kids with Trauma, Anxiety and Depression

Anxiety and depression in children can seriously affect social development, academic performance, and family life.  Common symptoms of child and adolescent anxiety and depression often include frequent physical complaints, difficulty being away from parents, constant fear or worry, nightmares, loss of friends, loss of interest in friends or fun activities, sudden weight change, frequent crying spells, or refusal to attend school.

It is important to do age-appropriate interventions for childhood anxiety and depression, such as cognitive behavioral therapy.  Cognitive behavioral therapy helps the child identify and modify certain thinking patterns associated with feelings of anxiety and depression, leading to a significant reduction in symptoms usually in a brief period of time.  Kids usually get over a bad event in a few days, but when symptoms persist for 2 weeks or longer, it is usually time to seek professional help.

 

Tulsa Counseling for Divorced and Blended Families

For children, their parents’ divorce can be a confusing, painful, and sometimes terrifying reality. Divorce often means the loss of their home as they knew it. Disruptive changes are usually involved, such as having to relocate and change schools, neighborhoods, and friends. It may also involve coping with parents’ unpleasant emotions toward each another.

Divorce can be disruptive and traumatic for all parties.  For children, this can be particularly intense and involve feelings of hurt, anger, insecurity, confusion, or depression.  They may also feel confused by their feelings and loyalties toward each parent.  Well-meaning parents, consumed with their own grief and circumstances, sometimes respond by becoming overly permissive in an attempt to compensate for difficulties their children are experiencing.   Children cope best when they know mom and dad will still be, and act like, their parents and will continue to love, support, and protect them, set consistent rules, and remain in their life. Kids do best when parents cooperate on their behalf.

Blended families present unique challenges for children and parents.  Some kids may resist the changes, and it’s easy for the parents to become frustrated when the new family doesn’t function as they expect it to.  Working with a counselor can help the whole family better adjust to the changes.  The counselor will help the family to process their feelings, better communicate with each other, and strengthen their relationships.

 

Tulsa Counseling for Kids with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children can create unique physical, developmental, educational and social needs.  ADHD is characterized by symptoms of impulsivity, emotional outbursts, hyperactivity, inattention, loss of focus, forgetfulness, and disorganization.   Counseling is effective for the treatment of the symptoms related to ADHD because it addresses behavior modification. Children with ADHD can have a difficult time regulating their emotional and behavioral response to situations. Learning effective coping strategies is one way to gain control over symptoms. Working with a counselor can also help parents develop a plan for organization and prioritization, which are typically areas of difficulty for those with ADHD. Goal setting, reward and consequence, and emotional regulation are other areas that are addressed during counseling for ADHD.

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