For children, significant life events such as the death of a family member, friend, or pet; a divorce, a family move/relocation/change of schools, physical abuse, sexual abuse, verbal abuse, neglect, trauma, a major illness in the family can cause stress that might lead to problems with behavior, mood, sleep, appetite, and academic or social functioning.
Child therapy is known to help kids cope with, and overcome, life stresses.
Signs that your child may benefit from seeing a psychologist or licensed therapist include:
· developmental delay in speech, language, or toilet training
· learning or attention problems
· behavioral problems (i.e., excessive anger, acting out, bedwetting or eating disorders)
· a drop in grades at school
· episodes of sadness, tearfulness, or depression
· social withdrawal or isolation
· being the victim of bullying, or bullying other children
· decreased interest in previously enjoyed activities
· overly aggressive behavior (i.e., biting, kicking, or hitting)
· sudden changes in appetite
· selective mutism (not speaking)
· problems sleeping, or not wanting to go to sleep
· missing or skipping school
· mood swings
· an increase in physical complaints (i.e., headache, stomachache, or not feeling well) despite a normal physical exam by your doctor
· signs of alcohol, drug, or other substance use
· problems coping with life transitions (i.e., separation, divorce, or relocation)
· bereavement and grief issues
· sexual, physical, or emotional abuse
· exposure to traumatic events
Relationship counseling is the process of counseling persons who are in a relationship in an effort to help them better manage conflict, overcome hurts, and build a strong relationship. The “relationship” in relationship therapy may be between members of a family or a couple, employees or employers in a workplace, or between a professional and a client.
Couples therapy/Marriage therapy may differ from relationship counseling. Couples therapy is more about seemingly intractable problems with a relationship history, where emotions are the target and the agent of change.
Short term counseling may be between 1 to 3 sessions whereas long term couples therapy may be between 12 and 24 sessions. In addition, counseling tends to be more ‘here and now’ and new coping strategies the outcome.
Christian counseling is faith-based counseling which draws upon the science of Psychology filtered through the biblical foundations of Christian teaching. The unifying factor is the therapist, him or herself, who has integrated a combination of Christianity and psychotherapy into an applied program. Clients may see Christian counseling as a relationship with a caring counselor directed toward increased awareness of themselves, others, the societies and cultures in which they live, and their understanding of the Christian God. It is often focused on solving the individual problems of the patient.
Christian Counseling is the process of integrating current psychological methods and processes with behavioral standards promulgated by Scripture. The point of Christianity is the healing of relationships: Relationships between man and God and relationships between people. Christian Counselors at times have more education than traditional therapists, since they receive training from both the secular and the religious world.
Group psychotherapy or group therapy is a form of psychotherapy in which one or more therapists treat a small group of clients together as a group. The term can legitimately refer to any form of psychotherapy when delivered in a group format. The broader concept of group therapy can be taken to include any helping process that takes place in a group, including support groups, skills training groups (such as anger management, mindfulness, relaxation training or social skills training), and psycho-education groups.
Psychotherapy is an intentional interpersonal relationship used by trained psychotherapists to aid a client in problems of living. It aims to increase the individual’s well-being. Psychotherapy may be performed by practitioners with a number of different qualifications, including psychologists, marriage and family therapists, occupational therapists, licensed clinical social workers, counselors, psychiatric nurses, psychoanalysts, and psychiatrists.