Therapy is suitable for children and teens experiencing difficulty at home or in school, as well as those with diagnosed mental illnesses. Parents are often surprised to hear 1 in 6 U.S. children, ages 2–8, have been diagnosed with some form of mental, behavioral, or developmental disorder.
Common issues treated include:
Signs your child may need therapy include:
Set up an appointment as soon as possible if you notice these symptoms.
Therapy for children provides a safe space to share their thoughts and feelings, helping them to reduce worries, resolve problems, and build confidence and self-esteem. Therapy for teens provides a safe place for them to discuss private matters with someone they trust and who can help them with their struggles.
Dakota Family Services provides the following mental health services for children and teens:
It is normal for children and teens to feel nervous when seeking mental health services. We will do everything we can to make them feel comfortable. Our mental health clinicians will have one-on-one sessions with your child. They may want to visit with you alone and with the two of you together. The child therapy process follows these steps:
Step 1: Call for more information and to find out how we can best serve you.
Step 2: If you choose to continue, we will send paperwork for you to complete and return.
Step 3: Schedule an appointment.
Step 4: With your permission, we will text appointment reminders.
Step 5: At your first appointment, we will work with you and your child to determine goals, build a relationship, and decide on the best course of treatment.
Step 6: You will visit with the therapist about additional appointments and schedule as appropriate. In some cases, the therapist will set up the appointments, while sometimes our receptionist will contact you after your child’s appointment.
No matter your child’s age, parent involvement in therapy is important. What your involvement looks like will depend on your child’s needs and age. Typically, the younger the child, the more the therapist will bring you into the sessions. Your child’s therapist will provide you with tools to support your child, improve communication, and strengthen relationships within the family.
Without you, skills that your child is learning may never be practiced outside the therapist’s office. Parents help immensely by noticing when their kids are using their skills and praising them for it. Research shows that kids benefit the most from mental health therapy when their parents are involved. When parents and the family are involved, your child feels more supported, that the work is not just on them, and that a team of people has their back.
Our team includes psychologists and therapists who specialize in counseling for teens and kids. Meet our team:
Call to book an appointment for your child today.