Counseling for Children

Has your child been experiencing behavioral or emotional difficulties for more than a few weeks?

Have you become exhausted trying to figure out the right way to communicate with them only to become more and more frustrated?

Is this causing problems with your child’s functioning at home, in school, or with their friends?

As a parent, it’s not always easy to tell when a child’s behavior is just a phase or if there is something more serious going on. Most parents don’t have a background in psychology (and you’re not supposed to) so it can be very difficult to distinguish between typical developmental behaviors and emotions, and whether those difficult behaviors or emotions are a reason for concern. If not addressed properly, these problems can actually have a profound long-term effect on your child’s development but if you’re reading this, you’re already taking a proactive step in implementing the change that your child needs. Early therapeutic interventions give us a major advantage in effectively treating and changing problematic thoughts, emotions, and behavioral cycles.
At our counseling center, we help parents in distress so I want you to stop feeling guilty or ashamed for seeking professional help because there is no such thing as “the perfect parent.” We often see a major strain on the family system when a child shows signs of behavioral or psychological problems affecting everything from the child-parent relationship to the relationship between spouses. We use a multidisciplinary counseling approach in which we include you as a parent, along with the other primary caregivers in the household, so that you can have an active role in the treatment of your child. We understand that all children are different just like their parents so we incorporate you into their plan so that they can reach their optimal mental health.

Counseling Helps Problematic Behaviors in Children

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    • Distracted with intense worries or fears
    • Irritability, temper tantrums, major emotional outbursts
    • Difficulty concentrating at school, or recent drop in grades
    • Problems sitting still unless playing games or watching videos
    • Difficulty making or keeping friends
    • Issues with sleeping too little or too much
    • Unusually low energy levels
    • Physical symptoms such as headaches and upset stomach without known medical cause

 

What is the Process of Counseling for My Child?

The first session will be a 90-minute intake session in which one, or both, parents will meet with our therapist for the first 30 minutes to give a comprehensive bio-psycho-social clinical interview. During these 30 minutes, you’ll discuss these three topics so that we can establish a proper treatment plan for your child while ensuring that we’re taking an in-depth analysis of any causal factors to your child’s emotional or behavioral problems. These topics include developmental milestones, medications, diet, sleep disturbance, energy levels, triggers of their negative thoughts, negative emotions, and negative behaviors, and finally, relationships with friends, family, teachers, and siblings.

This helps us to understand your child’s behavioral motivations, emotional responses, ways in which they communicate, and how they perceive themselves and others. You’ll leave the room and your child will then go back with our therapist so that for the next 60 minutes we can immediately begin the powerful work of psychotherapy so that we can help your child in the most effective ways possible.

 

Counseling for Children is Proven to Help:

 

Child Therapy Experts in St. Petersburg, FL

Counseling for moms l Mental Health Counseling l St. Petersburg, FLAs a counseling center located in the heart of downtown St. Petersburg, we understand how common, yet complex, childhood problems can be and we’re happy to specialize in treating these behavioral issues and emotional disorders for our community’s children.

We’re the number one referral for many local schools and have a close relationship with their faculty and staff so with your informed consent we’re able to offer a truly comprehensive treatment model where we work one on one with your child, provide guidance to you as parents, and deliver confidential communication with your child’s school to make sure your child is as comfortable as possible in all of their environments. Of course, the discussion with the school is optional but we know some of our parents like for us to advocate on their behalf if certain accommodations or environmental changes are necessary in the child’s classroom.

Meet Lindsey Brooks: A Counselor Specializing in Counseling for Children

Mental Health Counselor l McNulty Counseling l St. Petersburg, FLLindsey Brooks is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor as well as a Registered, Board Certified Art Therapist specializing in children’s issues and providing parenting support. She helps individuals and families improve their communication, to build trust in their relationships, and enhance emotional well being.  Lindsey partners with the charities Hands Across the Bay and the Children’s Cancer Center to provide counseling services to victims of domestic violence and families affected by pediatric cancer.  Understanding that words are often not enough, Lindsey offers Art Therapy as a primary or supplemental form of counseling to traditional talk therapy and believes in the inherently healing power of creating. Call today for a free consultation 727-344-9867!

 

Lindsey Brooks, LMHC, ATR-BC

Frequently Asked Questions

If you are concerned about your relationship, and you would both like to work with me, I would initially work with both of you together. After this work, if one of you would like to continue in individual sessions, I could work with only one of you. It is not helpful to move from individual into couple’s work with the same therapist because of potential trust issues.

I am so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication is crucial to your success. After all, we only see each other for a session a week depending on where you are in treatment. It’s the work you do outside of our sessions that will really help you see your personal growth and development.
Unfortunately, this is not possible to say in a general FAQs page. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time therapy can take to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek therapy in the first place.
Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will be different depending on the individual. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs.
Medication alone cannot solve all issues. What medication does is treat the symptoms. Our work together is designed to explore the root of the issue, dig deep into your behavior and teach strategies that can help you accomplish your personal and/or relational goals. Sometimes medication makes it more difficult to realize the underlying problems so if getting off of medication is something you’re interested in, I would be glad to help you in your journey.
A Licensed Mental Health Counselor has the training and qualifications that are equipped to handle a multitude of problems. They can help you approach your situation in a new way– teach you new skills, gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Furthermore, therapy is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.” Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, if you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that once you are feeling better you could start avoiding that person so you aren’t reminded of this difficult time in your life.
Not at all. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the ability to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. You already have some strengths that you’ve used before, that for whatever reason isn’t working right now. Perhaps this problem feels overwhelming and is making it difficult to access your past strengths. In our work together, I’ll help you identify what those strengths are and how to implement them again in what is happening now.

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Have Any Questions?

Reach out to us if you are unsure of what needs you have for counseling, questions about our mental healthcare practice, or about our Counseling Center in Saint Petersburg, Florida prior to coming to the office.

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