Christian Youth and Child Counseling In Jacksonville, Florida
Has something changed in your child? Is your teenager having trouble coping at school or home? Have other trusted people expressed concerns? Are you a college student and struggling to cope in a new environment? Therapy can make a huge difference in your life! My compassionate, effective, faith-based approach to youth and child counseling is aimed at helping truly resolve issues, restore the broken, and return individuals and their families to a life full of hope, purpose, and joy.
Children do not communicate in the same way that we do as adults. By entering into a child's world through play, I gain insight into what they are struggling with and help them develop healthy coping mechanisms. Typical reasons to have your child come for child counseling: divorce of parents, emotional/angry outbursts, declining grades in school, fights with peers, bed-wetting, anxiety, depression, sexual abuse, and trauma.
Therapy with preteens and teenagers can be so beneficial for both the individual and the family. This is such complicated time in the life of the teenagers on many levels. Physically, emotionally, relationally--they are constantly changing. If there is any trauma, abuse, divorce, depression, or anxiety added to the mix, life can get difficult very quickly. I love youth counseling in individual and group settings, and it's my goal to be a safe place for them to express their ever changing needs.
College is a time of incredible transition: new home, new town, new friends, new teachers, new schedule, new support system, etc. Often, in the midst of those changes, college students struggle to find their place on campus and at home. Depression, anxiety, eating disorders, substance abuse...these are just a few of the coping mechanisms that can surface during this time. You need a safe place to talk about life, friends, family, and your future.
I believe that the most successful therapy with an individual takes place when the family is supportive and willing to participate in therapy. This is especially true when speaking about children and teenagers. I offer family counseling along with individual counseling whenever the need arises. The following are some issues addressed in family counseling: declining school performance, poor communication in the home, parenting differences, and transitions in the home such as divorce, deployment, or death.