Childhood Behavioral and Emotional Disorders.

Growing up in a stressful world is not easy. Children of all ages feel anxious at times. They experience periods of sadness, fear, and doubt. Sometimes, not being able to make sense of the world around them becomes a contributing factor in behavioral and emotional disorders. Such disorders are treatable with therapy.

Just about everyone – including children – can benefit from behavioral therapies based on science. What’s more, seeking out therapy for yourself or your child doesn’t make either one of you crazy. Therapy is a fantastic tool for overcoming all sorts of behavioral and emotional disorders. Where children are concerned, therapy represents one of the most effective means of overcoming.

Kids Need to Talk It Out

We find the children experiencing behavioral and emotional disorders often need to talk things out as a first step to overcoming. Therefore, we utilize evidence-based therapies designed to identify and realign the thought processes associated with the child’s behavior.

Two such evidence-based therapies are cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). CBT is mainly a talking therapy through which psychologist and patient explore thoughts, emotions, and the patient’s responses to both.

When patients need something more, DBT is an option. DBT is a form of CBT that places more emphasis on the emotional and social. It combines talking therapy with skills-based training centered around things like mindfulness and controlling emotions.

Therapy for Children of All Ages

Children are wonderful gifts that come with their unique personalities. Each child experiencing a behavioral or emotional disorder is influenced, at least partially, by their personality. Age and experience are also influences that need to be considered.

We offer therapy for children of all ages and in all stages of life. Through evidence-based therapy, we can diagnose and treat:

  • child anxiety.
  • panic attacks.
  • childhood phobias.
  • ADHD.
  • school issues.
  • social anxieties.

A child’s view of the world changes as they age. Therefore, we adapt our therapeutic techniques to account for each child’s current stage in life. As a child evolves and grows, therapy can evolve and grow right along with them. That way, your child always receives the most appropriate treatment.

Helping the Family Become Whole

Another important aspect of treating childhood behavioral and emotional issues is helping the entire family become whole again. We believe in the importance of doing so given the fact that just one child’s behavioral or emotional struggles can disrupt the entire family.

When children struggle, relationships with parents are easily strained. Strained relationships between parent and child can then go on to affect siblings. An entire household can be thrown into turmoil that could have long-lasting impacts on everyone involved.

Helping the entire family become whole again is as important as treating the child. When families are whole, they love and support one another. They become stronger as a unit than each one is individually. There is good mental health in that strength.

Healing Can Take Time

Please note that while it is possible to see some immediate results through therapy, healing often takes time. Children need multiple therapy sessions just to understand what is going on inside their heads. Additional sessions are necessary to teach them the thoughts and skills they need to overcome.

If you and your child are ready to begin the journey toward overcoming behavioral or emotional disorders, our clinicians are ready to help. We offer in-person treatments at our three New Jersey office locations as well as virtual consultations in more than 30 states. You can book your first consultation online or by calling our office.