Times of special changes like divorce, a death in the family, or a move can be stressful for children. During times like that, children may have a range of feelings that are very confusing to them.

Signs that the child might need professional help:

  • Long periods of sadness  – days or weeks and nothing seems to make them better
  • Living in the past  – the child may seem to think more about the past than the present
  • Withdrawn behavior – they have little or no interest in playing or being with friends
  • Problems saying good-bye to parents – they do not want to let a parent leave
  • Cannot concentrate – they cannot settle on any play activities or jobs you give them
  • Changes in daily habits – not acting the way they normally do everyday
  • Return to younger behavior – wetting themselves, sucking their thumb
  • Feeling a sense of responsibility or guilt - they may think a divorce or a death is their fault
  • Feeling angry -they may take their anger out on other children by hitting, biting, and shouting.
  • Temper tantrums – they might kick and scream more often than before.
  • Feeling anxious and worried - they may worry about the parents when they are not at home

Many of these behaviors are normal. Getting help is important if:

  • the signs are more extreme than you normally see in other children,
  • they last day after day or week after week, or
  • you or the parents have tried to work with the child, but the problems continue.

We offer the full continuum of care including:

  • Intensive Out-Patient Therapy (several meetings a week)
  • Out- Patient Therapy (one or two meetings a week)
  • Play Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Easy access to crisis and higher level care