Can Your Child Benefit From Counseling?
- Lydia was diagnosed with bone cancer after her eighth birthday. After three years of cancer treatments, she is sad that her classmates avoid her, fearing that her cancer was contagious.
- Paul is six years old, and he became withdrawn after his parents separated. Struggling with a learning disability, he seldom speaks, but expresses his feelings through vivid crayon drawings.
- At age nine, Danny complains that he cannot get rid of “bad thoughts” in his head. Every night, he compulsively counts all his toys before going to sleep.
These children are grappling with psychological issues. Can child therapy help?
Unresolved problems or disorders can get in the way of a child’s development or trigger emotional states that cause trauma for the child, the parents, and the family. The effects may be long lasting.
Significant childhood problems—including poor bonding with parents—can shape future adult work and social relationships if not treated. Therapy can help children resolve current problems, as well as provide tools to cope with life challenges later on.
Last reviewedJuly 2014by Michael Woods, MD
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