The loss of a loved one is very difficult for us all. But it is especially difficult for a child. A child does not have the same coping skills adults have developed over the years. They may not understand WHY they are reacting the way they are. It’s a process and one that they have to work through.
Children may seem resilient and yet, they can be hiding their emotions in other behaviors. If the loss is a close family member, it’s difficult for a parent to handle both their grief and that of their child.
Child grief counseling can help your child with the questions and fears surrounding death. The child needs to feel safe asking questions about death. Grief is a normal part of life and your child needs to develop ways to process feelings, anger, and other emotions.
Children who suffer a traumatic loss might have extra grief, the possible feelings of guilt, or general confusion.
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Some signs to look for with your child:
Counseling can help your child:
If you feel your child is experiencing any concerns surrounding grief, it might be time to reach out for support. The professional counselors at Pathways Counseling Services are trained in grief counseling for children and adults.
You may do this in three ways.
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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.