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How do I know if my child or I need counseling?


How do I know if I need counseling?
Most of us know what we need to do to improve our physical health. We have learned a great deal about both preventive and curative measures, and we know how to live longer and healthier.
We do not know as much about good mental health. There are many reasons for this; one being that stress, disappointment and an excessive frustration are part of life. Many believe that even if a stress-free life were possible, it would not be desirable, as stress can serve to motivate us and challenge us toward seeking improvements.
So, how do we know when stress becomes excessive, and what is good mental health? In simple terms, good mental health consists of honestly being able to generally feel happy and content with our lives, most of the time. In what ways do we want to feel happy and content? There are many ways, but most psychologists and mental health professionals would agree with 
the following:
  • We want to feel generally happy and content when we are alone. This means we do not fear or avoid our times alone, but rather we can embrace and enjoy our time alone.
  • We want to feel generally happy and content when we are with people.
  • We want to feel generally happy and content when we are with special persons- our family and friends.
  • We want to feel generally happy and content in our work.
  • We want to feel generally happy and content when we pursue our leisure and recreational interests.
These five areas serve as a barometer for us about our mental health, and seeking improvements by resolving problems or issues that interfere in these areas may likely lead to greater contentment and less negative, dysfunctional emotions and behaviors.
If you believe that you are not as happy and content as you would like, or if you believe you may suffer from depression, anxiety, or moodiness, please feel free to contact us for a consultation.
In addition to working with individuals in counseling, we also work with couples in marriage counseling or relationship counseling, and with families in family counseling.
HOW CAN I TELL IF MY CHILD NEEDS COUNSELING?
A child’s life involves all sorts of new experiences and new demands, which become a continuous challenge of trial and error. Therefore, all sorts of temporary problems, fears, misbehaviors, and mistakes are bound to happen and can be considered normal.
Therefore, it can be very difficult for a parent to determine if counseling is necessary when a child is experiencing emotional stress or unusual behavior.
Often, the best way for a parent to make such a decision is to evaluate four main areas of your child’s life: home, school, social life, and personal life. If there seems to be a serious problem in one or more than one of these areas, then a professional evaluation of your child’s overall emotional state may be advisable.
Among the issues to consider in your child’s life are:
HOME
 
Do you and your child frequently quarrel? How intense are these quarrels? How well does your child recover from them? Do you repeatedly quarrel about the same issues without making much progress?
Does your child frequently argue, antagonize and bicker with siblings? How intense are these behaviors? How well does your child recover from them? Do they repeatedly have conflicts about the same issue without making much progress?
Is your child consistently unhappy or withdrawn at home?
Does your child consistently avoid one or more other members of the family? How does this avoidance affect the avoided member and/or other family members?
Has your child’s behavior at home undergone any significant and lasting change for the worse recently?
SCHOOL
Is your child’s academic performance consistently poor?
Does your child repeatedly exhibit behavior problems at school?
Is your child frequently unhappy about school?
Has your child’s behavior at school recently undergone any significant negative change?
SOCIAL LIFE
Does your child frequently quarrel with peers? How intense are the quarrels? How well does your child recover
from them?
Does your child consistently avoid contact with peers?
Does your child frequently express fear, dissatisfaction and anger regarding peer relationships?
Does your child appear to suffer from a lack of friends?
PERSONAL LIFE
Does your child frequently express boredom or an inability to find things to do? How well does he or she handle 
such situations?
Does your child appear to suffer from a lack of self-esteem? Does he or she make negative comments about themselves?
Does your child engage in any self-punishing behavior or in solitary activities that appear to you to be unhealthy?
Does your child appear to suffer from a lack of interests or initiative?
If you think your child’s emotional health should be evaluated by a professional, do not hesitate to take action. As a rule, the sooner problems are determined and treated, the better the chances are for solutions.

Address

Lapeer Counseling Center
700 S Main Street, Suite 208
Lapeer, MI 48446
Phone: (810) 664-4363
Fax: (810) 664-4364
Email: lapeercounseling@sbcglobal.net

Business Hours

Mon - Fri: 09:00 AM - 07:00 PM
Sat - Sun: Closed
Evening Appointments Available

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In Business Since 1997

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