What are emotional and behavioral challenges/disorders?
- An emotional disability characterized by the inability to build or maintain relationships with peers or caretakers
- Inability to learn, which cannot be explained through other factors such as sensory or health factors
- Consistently expressing inappropriate moods, behaviors, and/or feelings under otherwise normal conditions
- Can sometimes include physical symptoms like pain
Symptoms of Behavioral Challenges/Disorders include:
- Academic performance problems
- Anxiety (social or performance)
- Attention/focusing problems
- Problems adjusting to new sibling
- Selective muteness
- Not listening to parents or going to school
- Eating disorders
- Issues socializing/ making friends
- Obsessive Compulsion Disorder (OCD)
- Problems adjusting to new life changes
How can child behavioral challenges become an issue?
Child behavioral challenges can induce further problems in self-esteem, body image, utilizing coping mechanisms, social skills, etc. If your child’s behavioral issues are not properly managed, it can affect your own mental health state, thus impacting the cohesiveness of your family dynamics including relationships with partner, other kids, or even relationships at work and friends.
What is Play Therapy?
Play Therapy is an approach to working with children utilizing play, artwork, and story telling to engage the child in healing narratives. Although children have the capacity to engage in “talk therapy”, they often communicate their problems, concerns and wishes with stories with great ease during play therapy. This modality can be utilized on a range of issues such as Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, Family Concerns and Trauma occur.
What is family therapy?
Family therapy is a type of counseling that aims to improve communication skills and resolve conflicts within the family. It helps family members understand each other’s perspectives better and learn coping skills in times of stress, grief, anger or conflict.
What is family therapy like?
Family therapy sessions can take place with all family members, those who choose to participate, or individually. During family therapy, our therapists will observe the family’s ability to address problems, express individual thoughts and concerns as well as emotions. Therapy sessions will also examine each family member’s role, house rules and behaviors to identify issues that contribute to conflict. We will also identify the family’s strengths and weaknesses, and position the family’s strengths to aid in the family relationship building process.
How do I know when family therapy is needed?
A family is a unit, and what affects one member affects them all on different levels. At times, a member of a family comes to therapy with a particular problem that is only a symptom of a much larger family issue. Also, the family can have problems dealing with a member that has a particular illness, and family therapy can bring the family together on a path of understanding and healing.
If one or more members of your family are experiencing financial problems, mental illness, constant fighting, marital problems, child behavioral issues, feelings of neglect, or having issues communicating in general, call us at 732-640-1200 to schedule an appointment with our Family & Marriage Therapists.