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Child Counseling: Giving Your Child the Gift of Emotional Wellness

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Giving Your Child the Gift of Emotional Wellness

 

You have a vital role to play in stirring the interests of your child and in sustaining that motivation for whatever pursuits they may set their eyes on or want in life. Though it is natural for them to be happy-go-lucky at this stage, not every child has the capacity to be happy or have a fulfilling childhood. If a child is weighed down by negative feelings and thoughts, or an emotional condition, setting and attaining their dreams and aspirations can seem impossible.

Taking care of your child may be a parent’s primary role. Helping them achieve optimal emotional health, however, can sometimes be beyond your understanding. If your little one is burdened with an emotional or behavioral condition, love alone won’t help. In loving your child, you likely realize that sometimes the assistance from a child therapist may be needed to be able to help your child with their challenges. With the expertise of a child counselor and your love, you can help your child sail through their developmental milestones with positivity and success.

 

Emotional Health: What is it?

Your child’s emotional wellness is an important aspect of their overall health. Emotional health is associated with a set of skills, specifically emotional and social abilities. A child who is emotionally healthy is apt to be self-confident, intelligently inquisitive, compassionate, socially well-adjusted, and has more potential to succeed in life.

A child who is emotionally healthy may not be totally free from disheartening experiences, but they still feel good about themselves and enjoy good relationships with others. They can weather the difficulties because of their ability to process their experiences and stay at ease, despite feelings of sadness, pain, fears, guilt, grief, etc. They can also recognize and express their emotions well. Even when life becomes demanding, their positivity can still prevail, allowing them to face issues without getting overwhelmed.

Emotional wellness is as important as their physical health. The two are intricately connected, both affecting how they think, feel, behave, and respond to internal and physical factors or their environment. If your child isn’t feeling well, it is your instinct to take them to a doctor to get the symptoms checked. If your child cannot sleep or has lost their appetite, is often angry or displaying clumsiness a lot, very sad and irritable, or not interacting well with other children, would you immediately take your child to a child counselor or therapist? The answer may likely be “no.”

You are not alone. Many children with an emotional condition don’t get assessed and treated promptly. This is the reason why a good number may grow up with it. As they encounter more challenges later, they may not be able to reach their full potential. Once diagnosed, it is only then that they may know that they have been weighed down by an emotional condition since they were young. A lot of unhappiness, heartaches, fears, grief, etc. could have been avoided, and a lot of relationships and dreams may have been saved if only they received the right treatment sooner.

 

The Emotional Challenges to Overcome During Childhood

Behind the happy demeanor, there are children who are as vulnerable to emotional conditions, just as some adults. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), over 20 percent of American children are burdened with some form of an emotional issue or condition. The emotional challenges of a child include depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), conduct disorders, etc. Any of these can incumber them, stopping them from having a joyful, meaningful childhood.

Depression in children is a serious concern, considering that “as many as one in every 33 children… is affected by depression,” says the Federal Center for Mental Health Services. Anxiety in children has a higher prevalence, being a passing phase during childhood. It can be considered a disorder only when they exhibit excessive symptoms, such as anger, frequent meltdowns, being clingy, bedwetting, or recurrent bad dreams. They may have behavioral issues like ADHD and ODD that may affect their behavior, so that they exhibit misconduct and interact with others poorly.

These issues may also have rippling effects, becoming more complicated or affecting their families, education, social interactions with other children, physical health, and abilities to fare well in life. Witnessing how your child struggles under the pressures of these issues or conditions can be very upsetting. Realizing that your precious child may need assistance can be painful, even scary. Helplessness can crush your spirit, but don’t lose hope. Though the situation may appear overwhelming, there is hope because of counseling.

 

Child Counseling Can Bring Hope

When your child is struggling your typical parenting style may not be effective as you may hope it would. Will you continue to tolerate misbehavior, or will you impose harsh discipline? Will it be productive to talk to your child or will you ignore their bad deeds? It isn’t easy to say what is the right way to address your child’s misconduct primarily because their behavior could be the symptoms of an emotional condition. If this is the case, then these parenting strategies may not work.

It takes a deeper understanding of their condition to be able to determine the best way of parenting. This is how counseling can help you become better equipped as a parent and how your child can be assisted to grow and develop into a fine individual, despite their emotional challenges. Counseling is a proactive strategy that works for many children because it is personalized and is undertaken in a nurturing and safe environment. Under the professional care of a qualified counselor, your child can be motivated to express their repressed or negative thoughts.

By understanding your child’s condition, it is easier for you to be realistic and to accept that though the child is struggling, he/she could be faring better day to day. Knowledge can help you realize that you may need to seek help. Counseling can help resurrect hope. It can change your perspective about emotional conditions/issues – that it isn’t something to be ashamed about or hide, and that it isn’t your or your child’s fault. While it is helpful to have a supportive family, expert help can make so much of a difference. For these reasons, counseling can improve the outlook of your child’s emotional condition.

Offering the Gift of a Memorable Childhood

As a parent, there may be nothing more noble than to aspire that one day your child will reach their dreams and to have the desire to do what is necessary to have that become a reality. Raising a child and creating a satisfying childhood can be very challenging, but it can be more difficult if he/she is a child burdened with an emotional condition or issue. It can also be very frustrating as you watch your child playing alone and avoided by other children, or melting down as they are engulfed by fear, sadness or confusion.

While their symptoms and difficulties can truly be heartrending, know that there is hope. The key is to acknowledge that your child’s emotional wellness is as important as the other facets of their life. It is similarly critical that you pay attention to their physical, emotional, behavioral, and social symptoms and to seek help right away. Don’t deny yourself or your child the help that you both may need – reach out to one of the counselors independently contracted with Carolina Counseling Services – North Fayetteville Office – Fayetteville, NC.

In loving your child, the best gift you can give them is a happy childhood. This isn’t impossible, even when they are gripped with the symptoms of an emotional condition. You have the power to provide them with the interventions that can improve and resolve their condition. Call CCS – North Fayetteville Office – Fayetteville, NC to schedule your child’s first appointment.

Serving Areas: Carolina Counseling Services

 
Counties: Cumberland, Hoke, Bladen, Sampson, and Robeson Counties, NC
 
Areas: Fayetteville NC, Ft Bragg NC, Pope Field NC, Hope Mills NC, Raeford NC, Rockfish NC, Sliver City NC, Linden, Cedar Creek NC, Bowmore NC, Autryville NC, Parkton NC, Bunnlevel NC, Erwin NC, Dundarrach NC, Broadway NC, Pineview NC, Lumber Bridge, NC, Rex NC, Lemon Springs NC, Johnsonville NC, Eastover NC, Stedman NC and Wade, NC
 
Zip Codes: 28301, 28302, 28303, 28304, 28305, 28306, 28307, 28309, 28311, 28312, 28314

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Carolina Counseling Services – North Fayetteville Office, Fayetteville, NC

422 McArthur Road
FayettevilleNC 28311

Choose your Therapist

  • Shnika Davis LCSW, LCAS-A

    Specializes in: (Ages 6+) Depression, Substance Abuse, Life transitions, Grief and Loss, Trauma, Anxiety, Adjustments Disorders, Family, Couples and Marriage
    Insurance: BCBS, Tricare, Medicare

    Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

    Location: Fayetteville, NC
  • Becky Clark, MSW, LCSW

    Specializes in: (Ages 18+) Anxiety, Depression, Individuals, Couples, Geriatrics, Criminal Justice, Stress Management, Loss and Grief related to death, disability, divorce, deployment, “empty nest”, retirement and other major life transitions
    Insurance: BCBS, Tricare Select, and Cash

    Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

    Location: Fayetteville, NC