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Would my child be helped by counseling?

What are some signs that my child might benefit from counseling? Here are some indicators that your child might benefit from counseling:

  • If your child doesn't want to go to school
  • If your child is moody or angry or withdrawn
  • If your child's teacher has commented that your child is not working up to his or her potential
  • If your child's behavior is interfering with his or her ability to get along with peers or siblings
  • If you as a parent feel as if your child is not responding to your parenting methods

What is counseling? Counseling is forming a helping relationship with your child where your child can explore thoughts or feelings he or she might have trouble expressing and where the counselor can help determine underlying issues that are affecting or influencing maladaptive behavior that is affecting your child's ability to succeed.

Is Christian counseling biblical? I Thessalonians 5:14 encourages us to, "Admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, and be patient with everyone." Professional Christian counselors are trained to employ clinical skills as they use their God-given talents and gifts for empathy, discernment, and wisdom.

Do all Life Christian Counseling Network counselors work with kids? No. When you call our office, you will be referred to a counselor who received specialized training in working with children. This training may include the use of play therapy, it may include experience working within the school system with children, it may include courses in child therapy at the graduate level, or it may include post-graduate seminars or workshops.

My child has ADD, ADHD, or ODD, etc., and is taking medication. Isn't that enough? Usually, no. Often, children have been prescribed medication without a formal assessment or without counseling to support behavioral change. Your child's counselor will investigate whether testing would be helpful. Counseling can address behavior and attitudes that are interfering with your child's performance at school and/or home. Your child's counselor can teach your child better coping mechanisms and help them learn compensatory behaviors that will support the medical intervention. Your child's counselor can also work with you as a parent to help you develop more effective parenting strategies such as training you in filial therapy.

If my child is acting out, doesn't that mean that I have been too lenient as a parent and simply need to be stricter? God always deals with us within the context of grace and truth. As parents sometimes we are good administrators of God's truth and weak ministers of God's grace. Often this is because we ourselves have not received sufficient amounts of God's grace. A Christian counselor can help parents balance this equation in their parenting.
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Christine Buckingham, LCPC, NCC, MA - Executive Director