Counseling for Children and Teens
Our kids and teens are under tremendous pressure today. They endure academic demands, peer pressure, school shooter drills, and bullying. Their social relationships are complicated.
Younger kids struggle with anxiety, social problems, behavior issues, and more. They might need help coping with divorce, a move, a death in the family, or even the birth of a new sibling.
Anxiety, depression, and social difficulties are common in teens. College entrance competition is fierce, forcing teens to work harder for good grades and a worthy portfolio of activities and achievements for college applications. Teens often want a safe place to talk about sensitive topics they cannot freely share with their parents.
Our psychologists and mental health counselors all have different specialties, but we have several that enjoy counseling for children and adolescents.
If your child or teen is withdrawn, sad, or showing other signs of unhappiness, it is important to take it seriously. Depression can lead to suicide, so let one of our professional child counselors evaluate and make a plan to address this very treatable problem. Click to learn about depression in children and teens.
Why is my child having so much trouble staying out of trouble? Our therapists in Cary help children and teens with defiance, anger, tantrums, and other behavior problems. Click to learn more about behavior problems and defiance in children.
We have several licensed psychologists and counselors on staff that specialize in the unique mental health needs of children and adolescents. We offer child and teen depression counseling, treatment for social anxiety, counseling for stress and general anxiety, grief counseling, and therapy for specific concerns such as sexual orientation concerns, gender dysphoria, trauma, and self-harm. We have some providers who enjoy helping autistic children and teens with social skills, anxiety, and other concerns to enhance their functioning and improve their quality of life.
Behavior problems can be stressful for the whole family. Some kids act out behaviorally when they are depressed, anxious, or suffering from trauma. Rebellion and defiance may be related to events in a child's or teen's life, such as bullying, abuse, stress, or trauma. There are many possible issues underlying child and teen behavior problems, and counseling with a licensed mental health professional can help to search for the root cause with the goal of working through feelings and improving behavior and overall functioning.
After-school hours are available for children and adolescents, although the first appointment may be during the school day.