There is little in the world as heartbreaking as a child that has had to deal with serious trauma. It can be the loss of a parent or being the victim of a crime. Your child might have a terminal illness or have experienced a natural disaster.
These things should never be part of a child’s life. But, it happens. The youngest victims are often the least able to express their feelings and emotions.
There are factors that can contribute to the trauma your child is experiencing. If the child finds out about an event or loss in an upsetting or emotional way. If they lost close friends, classmates, or a family member, the impact can appear magnified.
The symptoms of trauma in a child can appear like depression. There might be too much or too little sleep, loss of appetite, or overeating. There might be anger or irritability. There can be a lack of focus on schoolwork, projects, or day-to-day activities. It can also present as anxiety, such as obsessive worry or issues leaving parents.
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If your child’s teachers report acting out in school, you might see the same behaviors at home. This can be a sign that they are not as healthy, emotionally, as they would like you to believe.
If your child is a teenager dealing with trauma, you may see them become very withdrawn, or sullen. They can also exhibit personality changes.
At Pathways Counseling Services, we have counselors trained to deal with a wide range of trauma with children and teens. Call our office at 480-235-1682 to set up a consultation or schedule an appointment.
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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.