Helping troubled children
There is nothing in the world we would not do to make sure that our children have the best possible life with the most positive opportunities and experiences. However, we cannot protect our children from everything. They will experience troubling times and the best way a parent can help a child is to pay attention. When a child seems continuously discontent and unhappy, or they begin acting in harmful ways that are uncharacteristic, then it may be a sign that something is wrong. This is a time when counselling and psychotherapy should be considered.
The next step
With family psychotherapy, the root cause of the troubling behavior or attitudes can be discovered and then the proper steps can be taken to repair the damage that was done in the past. Often times, an expression of anger or other negative emotion is a reflection of something that had happened to them as they were growing. Something in the child’s external environment altered something within them that is now affecting their behavior and attitudes.
The tricky part about this is that the link between the troubling behavior being seen currently and the root cause is often lost within the subconscious. This link can only be found through deep introspection. In this environment, a trusted professional will try and piece together the puzzle and determine what is causing the problem.
Why family counseling?
Because these troubled children are still young, they are vulnerable and need the support of their family. This is why the counselling should be done within a tight family unit. Family psychotherapy will not only teach the child how to overcome and fix his or her issues, but it will also engage the parents in the process. This shows the child that they have a supportive foundation in which they can rely on and find solace in. This is a crucial aspect to changing behavior. It is a difficult change for anyone to recognize how their behavior is negatively impacting their life and making an effort to change it for the better. It is very difficult for a child. Wendy Limarzi is here to help.