Has your child's behavior been concerning to you lately?
Does your child seem to carry a lot of shame or be hard on himself emotionally?
Would you describe your child as moody, withdrawn, or agitated?
Does your child seem to be struggling to move past a significant loss or transition?
Is your child experiencing bouts of helplessness, hopelessness, or negativity?
Are there activities and interests your child has participated in that he no longer seems to enjoy?
You and Your Child Are Not Alone
Childhood depression can occur in even the healthiest of families. A child’s temperament, relationship dynamics, or life transitions can culminate in ways that contribute to a pervasive sense of sadness and negativity. Childhood depression can have a variety of factors ranging from nutrition to trauma and therefore has many effective treatment methods when assessed properly. With the right support, many children respond well to treatment and recover with coping skills that are helpful throughout their development.
Children and Family Counseling Can Offer Assistance and Relief
The professionals at Journeys desire to walk with your family through this season of depression. We would like to help your child rediscover hope and re-engage in life, while also empowering you and your child toward lasting gains. This may include:
Identifying losses that have not been fully grieved
Recognizing, expressing, and experiencing validation for a variety of emotions
Decreasing shame (“I’m bad.” “Something is wrong with me.”)
Increasing acceptance (“I have value.” “I’m going through something difficult but there is hope.”)
Improving interpersonal relationships
Developing a posture of thankfulness
Rediscovering the power of play
Child and Family Counseling will help with understanding the root of the depression, while adding positive experiences to your child’s life. Children will also have the opportunity to express creativity and emotions through play, art, puppets, or story-telling.
You May Have Some Concerns, Such As...
“I’m afraid that a depression diagnosis will mean that my child will have to take anti-depressant medication."
We understand that coming to counseling might seem overwhelming at first. We are here to answer any questions and concerns you might have about the treatment process, implications or simply to address many common misconceptions about diagnoses, medication and counseling. Rest assured, not all individuals diagnosed with depression take medications. It is an option available in the treatment of depression, but there are many other therapeutic, naturopathic, and environmental options as well. If therapy progress is limited due to the severity of the depression, the staff at Journeys are able to refer you to trusted psychiatrists who are equipped to discuss the benefits and concerns related to anti-depressants. Our desire is to empower you with the information you need to make healthy decisions for your family.
We generally recommend scheduling an initial assessment with a Journeys counselor to evaluate what your child or family's specific needs are, as well as determining best options for treatment and more precise answers to the questions you may have about the process. The Journeys team strives to provide you with the best fit professionally, and will happily direct you to the counselor with the best personality, expertise and approach for your family.
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