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Coping skills for children: How to support your child's mental health

Posted by Jennifer Dellasanta on Aug 11, 2017 4:00:32 PM

Heading back to school is an exciting time for you and your child. As you prep for this busy time of year, it’s important to consider your child’s emotional well-being and mental health. Children may have feelings like nervousness and curiosity as they start a brand new school year. They may be eager to learn, meet their teacher, and make new friends.

A big change such as starting school for the first time or returning back to an academic routine can also cause stress. It’s just as important to support your child during moments of disappointment, sadness, and frustration in the same way you celebrate moments of pride and success.

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Topics: Counseling for Children

5 coping skills to teach your children

Posted by Jennifer Dellasanta on Jun 16, 2017 12:48:32 PM

Children are often emotional and unpredictable. Sometimes, when children are confronted with new challenges or unfamiliar feelings, they may have difficulty coping with their emotions. Teaching coping skills to your children can go a long way in helping them overcome negative feelings. Use these coping skills when your child is feeling anxious or upset.

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Topics: Childhood Depression, Counseling for Children

Signs that your child might need counseling for impulsivity

Posted by Jennifer Dellasanta on Feb 10, 2017 3:47:35 PM

Children are naturally curious and are full of energy, but often times when a child has ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), their impulsivity can become an issue. ADHD is the most common mental health disorder that affects children. An estimated 6.4 million children are diagnosed in the United States alone. The three main symptoms of ADHD are impulsivity, inattention, and hyperactivity. Parents of children with ADHD often have concerns over the impulsivity and actions of their children. What are the signs?

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Topics: Counseling for Children

Children and counseling: It's more common than you might think

Posted by Jennifer Dellasanta on Sep 24, 2016 12:05:23 PM

Taking a child to counseling is never an easy decision, but it is a choice that’s more common than you think. Parents send their children to counseling for a number of reasons – some could be because of mental health disorders, others could be circumstantial. Parents going through a divorce, or bullying at school, there is no one reason for attending counseling. Despite growing knowledge and awareness of mental health in young people, an estimated 70% do not receive the appropriate care.

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Topics: Counseling for Children

Why you should forget about social stigmas and get some therapy

Posted by Jennifer Dellasanta on Jan 11, 2016 4:44:49 PM

“What other people think of you is none of your business.”

This quote couldn’t be more true, especially when it comes to seeking mental health counseling.

If you’re suffering from depression, anxiety, substance abuse, or other issues, you might also feel ashamed or embarrassed, like you should be able to “get it together” on your own.

While research shows that roughly 1 in 5 Americans suffers from mental illness, there’s still a stigma associated with getting help. You might feel like family, friends, and co-workers will think less of you if they knew what you were going through. Unfortunately this leads to denying your feelings, isolating yourself, delaying treatment, and ultimately suffering in silence.   

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Topics: Counseling for Children, Counseling, family counseling, therapy

7 myths about co-occurring disorders

Posted by Jennifer Dellasanta on Jul 2, 2015 11:21:00 AM

The names for the condition are many – dual diagnosis, co-occurring disorders, dual disorder, and mentally ill chemical abusers – but the condition is typically a combination of behavioral issues and substance abuse.

In the past, treatment of each condition – behavioral health issues and substance abuse – was done separately. Often times, the behavioral health issue was treated in one center and substance abuse was treated in a totally different center. Not anymore.

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Topics: Substance Abuse, Counseling for Children, Mental Health services, Alcohol Dependence, Behavioral health services

A new counseling center for behavioral health in Kissimmee

Posted by Jennifer Dellasanta on Mar 6, 2015 9:35:00 AM

About 1 of every 20 adults in the U.S. has a serious mental illness, according to the National Institute on Mental Health. An estimated 1 of every 5 youth aged 13–18 experiences a severe mental disorder at some point during their life, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. While those statistics are alarming, there is a new place where children and adults in Kissimmee can get on the road to recovery.

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Topics: Substance Abuse, Childhood Depression, Counseling for Children, Mental Health services, Alcohol Dependence

Is My Child Depressed?

Posted by Jennifer Dellasanta on Mar 4, 2015 1:33:00 PM

It’s not unusual for children to feel sad, angry or moody for short periods of time. However, when those feelings last longer than two weeks and interfere with daily activities, that child may be showing signs of depression.

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Topics: Childhood Depression, Counseling for Children, Signs of Depression

Therapy options for children dealing with depression

Posted by Jennifer Dellasanta on Jan 14, 2015 1:22:47 PM

Childhood depression is a growing issue in today's society. According to The National Institute of Mental Health, 11 percent of adolescents have a depressive disorder by the age of 18 and this is the leading cause of disability among Americans age 15 to 44. With children, it can sometimes be difficult to pinpoint if a behavior or behaviors being exhibited are related to a temporary phase he or she might be going through or because of true depression.

Issues with childhood depression, that go untreated, can turn into bigger issues as children grow into their adolescence and adulthood. 

  • TTHI Counseling Center has found that expressive or creative arts therapy as a form of counseling for children is very effective. With this form of therapy, the focus is on the arts as a treatment for the illness, such as art, music, dance, writing, etc. Therapy using the arts may sometimes come across as a form of play, but it encourages the child to express themselves through their art and allows the therapist to understand the feelings of the patient beyond the scope of "play".
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Topics: Services, Childhood Depression, Counseling for Children

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