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Associated Behavioral and Trauma Specialties, LLC

ABTS for Kids

Choosing to take our children to counseling is often a very difficult decision.  Just like adults, kids and teenagers experience trouble dealing with their problems and go through a great deal of stress.  Changes in the family, problems with peers, bullying, academic problems and other countless issues can affect our kids. 

ABTS provides counseling for children from 3 years of age and older.  Children communicate differently than adults; therefore, the counseling process is different.  Some children communicate better by talking, others through play and others through art.  For this reason, we offer Play Therapy, Sand Tray Therapy, Parent Child Interaction therapy, Family therapy among other therapeutic approaches.  

Child Centered Play Therapy is a very effective approach with children as play is a natural and nonthreatening process.  Toys are their words and play is their language.  Children love to meet with their counselor in the playroom which offers a safe and supporting environment in which they can express and resolve their issues.

Signs of a child needing counseling

 

  • ​Long periods of sadness

  • Academic problems

  • Concentration problems

  • Exposure to a traumatic event

  • Struggle with daily activities

  • Frequent changes in mood

  • Withdrawn Behavior

  • Problems socializing 

  • Feeling guilty

  • Aggressive behavior

  • Defiant behavior

  • Not able to follow rules

  • Trouble separating from caregivers

 

 

 

 

Although the children will be the clients, parents and family members play a major role in the child's treatment and recovery.  Parents participate in the treatment planning and also spend time talking to the counselors to share their thoughts and also receive suggestions to enhance their parenting skills, as we understand that some issues involve the entire family.  

At ABTS, we care for the child's progress and we hope that children develop the skills necessary to deal with problems independently. 

Contact us if you would like to discuss if ABTS is right for your child.​