When a child melts down and becomes aggressive, he or she can pose a serious risk to themselves. Sadly, in some cases, it can also be to others, including parents and siblings.
It’s not uncommon for kids who have trouble handling their emotions. They lose control and direct their distress to a caregiver. It can involve screaming and cursing, throwing dangerous objects, or hitting and biting.
It can be a scary, stressful experience for you and your child, too. Children often feel sorry after they’ve worn themselves out and calmed down. It’s important for the parent to take the time to talk with the child to help understand and process what had just happened.
The causes of the anger might be anxiety, ADHD, or an undiagnosed learning disability. Sensory processing issues can make a child react to too much noise, crowds, or even scratchy clothes. Any of these can be the cause of the anger outburst.
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Pathways Counseling Services are experts in teaching children the skills necessary to process these feelings in a productive way. We are here to support the child and parents, together with building a healthier, more positive life.
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Yes, we offer a free 15-minute telephone consultation. Please call us at 480-613-8530 to schedule a consultation or complete this contact form.
Our practice is a fee-for-service practice which means we do not accept insurance. If you have an insurance provider with behavioral health coverage, they may offer out-of-network coverage. If you would like to use your out-of-network benefits, we will provide you with a superbill (receipt) that you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.
Prior to your first session, you will fill out some general information. We will you a link to complete the form(s) prior to your first session.
During the initial appointment, we will review some of your histories and we will have an opportunity to discuss the reasons you are interested in counseling and the goals you are looking to achieve from counseling.
Together during the first few sessions we will put together a treatment plan with you.
Most patients come in for weekly appointments. As you are feeling better, you can cut back on the frequency of the sessions so you have more time to practice what you are learning.
Initial sessions are 75 minutes ongoing sessions may be 45-75 minutes or longer depending on need.
Patients who work with us report improvements in a few sessions. More difficult issues may take longer. People come to therapy for different reasons but universally people don’t initiate counseling unless they are in some type of emotional pain. Our attitude is to try to make every session count.
We welcome couples, children, adolescents, teens, and individuals of diverse backgrounds, cultures, religious traditions, and lifestyles.
We will be able to work with you using a variety of tools and techniques and specialize in a variety of issues and concerns.
All client-therapist conversations are private and confidential. In those rare exceptions when the safety of a client or other is at risk disclosure of confidential client-therapist information takes place.