Children & Teens Counseling
“But Jesus called the children to him and said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.’” (Luke 18:16).
Children are very valuable in the eyes of God as well as us. Contrary to popular belief, children are not little adults. Children are still growing, developing, and discovering who they are called to be. So how can we help children who cannot articulate their needs? Working with children requires a certain level of expertise to facilitate a space where they can feel comfortable and know that they are being taken seriously. It may require using play therapy to help children express their difficult emotions that cannot be communicated with words. Or teaching children how to communicate their needs and be validated for who they are.
Counseling can help teens improve the health of their brain and help empower them to make good decisions for themselves as well as form a healthy self-image. Since children do not live in a vacuum apart from their parents, counseling with children often includes working with the parents so that a more constructive environment can be fashioned to maintain the gains from counseling.