By Agnès Dupin, RSW
As a parent, it is always disturbing when we see a change in our child’s behaviour that we do not seems to be able to explain or help with. Or there may be a behaviour such as aggression, tantrums, intense or frequent crying, sadness, low self-esteem, fears, etc.
Questions you may ask include: Is this a normal stage or reaction? Nothing seems to be working? Will it go away with time? What should I do? My child seems to be different from her/his peers: very intense in his/her reaction, very particular about specific things, developing at her/his own speed. Should I be concerned?
Some parent/family might wonder why they seem to have such easy time to interact with one child and not with the other. I love both of my children. What is happening? There may be issues related to changes such as separation, adoption, trauma, illness or death of a significant one.
These are only few examples of some questions or issues that parents might have in relation to their child(ren). In my practice, I see and help parents and children with a variety of concerns and issues. They may be underlying issues that might need to be address such as: Stress, anxiety, depression, fears, self-esteem issues, difficulties with transition, behaviours issues, developmental concerns or different abilities, parent-child relationship concerns, adoption, separation, trauma and grief.
Prevention and early intervention have been proven the key to children’s physical and emotional health, and we know too well the price for not acting.
Helping children and family thrive is such a rewarding experience!
As a child and family therapist, I work first with the parent/ significant family members to explore your concerns regarding your child. I might also work directly with your child, or with you and your child. Therapy will be tailored to your family and child needs. Do you have questions regarding your child? Not sure what to do and where to go? Therapy is an excellent starting point to understanding.