Many children go through a time in life where they seem to struggle in school and at home. For some children, these challenges might be a response to transitions such as the birth of a sibling, divorce, a move, a specific traumatic event, or a death in the family. For other children, there might not be an obvious trigger for their difficulties.  When you notice your child struggling and it seems to be more than a normal “bump in the road” of life, it might be a sign that they need therapy.

At Triangle Child Psychology, children and adolescents are given the opportunity to explore a wide range of developmental issues.  Our youngest clients learn to express their needs and tackle developmental challenges related to separation, individuation, and school readiness.  Adolescents will typically utilize therapy to address  challenges with self-esteem, peer relationships, school and academic difficulties, depression and anxiety, and strained family relationships.  With psychotherapy, our psychologists help your child gain the necessary skills to have healthy peer and family relationships.

We work with parents of our child and adolescent clients in a team approach to psychotherapy. This means that parents are a resource in their child’s treatment and we assist parents with parenting concerns as needed, meeting without the child in regular sessions separate from the child’s weekly sessions. In parent meetings, the parents help the psychologist assess progress and continued challenges and the psychologist offers ideas and new skills in the face of old patterns and difficult behaviors.

How do I know if my child needs therapy?

We view difficult behaviors as a child’s communication.  Some degree of problematic behavior throughout childhood and adolescence is normal. Children are learning how to navigate their own way in the world, coming up against new obstacles and challenges every day.  What you want to pay attention to is the frequency, duration, severity, and age appropriateness of the behaviors.  If your child has reached a point where any behavioral or emotional issues are interfering with their ability to connect with others, perform normal daily activities, or learn academic material at school, these are red flags and a sign that intervention may be necessary.  In these cases, the sooner you seek help, the better.  We are happy to talk with you if you have questions about whether or not therapy may be indicated for your child.