Adolescent and Child Issues
Teaching children healthy ways of coping while building a strong sense of self-esteem and self-efficacy helps to inoculate them against feelings of helplessness, hopelessness and despair. Children and adolescents need "safe havens" to allow them to feel a sense of security and control when facing life's challenges.
Womencare is pleased to offer counseling to children and adolescents ages 4-21 and their families. We use a strengths-based empowerment model that supports mutuality and respect for diversity. By learning how to speak out loud, to say "no," and to express their needs in healthy ways, children build resiliency. The processing of major life events is crucial to the child's successful development, happiness and ability to achieve their truest potentials.
Womencare is home to a team of skilled, licensed clinicians trained in the treatment of the complex issues of childhood and adolescence. Parents play an integral role in their child's successful treatment. Each child's needs are viewed within the context of their family and culture. Services are tailored to meet the specific needs of each family. Therapists use a variety of counseling techniques and tools that are chosen based upon each child's unique strengths and vulnerabilities as well as their presenting issues. Treatment may include: play therapy, individual talk therapy, family therapy, and a range of creativity-based interventions, including art therapy, drama and role-play, journaling and poetry.
Children and adolescents seek counseling at Womencare for many reasons including:
- Peer pressure and bullying
- Eating disorders and body image issues
- Loss of a family member
- Physical, emotional or sexual abuse
- School phobias
- Self injury
- Adjustment to divorce and blended families
For questions or to discuss an initial appointment, please contact our intake counselor,
Jan Smallwood, MS.Ed, LCPC, CADC at 847-475-7003 x 10, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.