You’re not looking for just any therapist for your child or family, you’re looking for the therapist who is finally going to get it.
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Damascus, MD
I know for a fact that you are not the only one. I have listened to all types of caregivers (adoptive, foster, biological, guardians, grandparents, step-parents, life partners…), who are parts of all types of families, describe situations so similar to yours it’s almost uncanny. When I tell you "Nope, I don’t think your kid is crazy. And I don’t think you’re a bad parent either." it’s because I believe you when you tell me what it’s been like at home and I know - it isn’t just you.
Learning disorders can impact kids, teens and their parents in unexpected ways. It's not only that academics can be challenging, but also the way you hear what people say to you, your social skills and your emotions and resulting behavior can be significantly affected. Ever had your child with ADHD have a complete meltdown when transitioning from one activity to another? Ever struggled to get your child with a Reading Disorder off to school? Then you know exactly what I'm talking about.
What's an adjustment disorder? It's a way to capture those times when an identifiable stressor is causing symptoms that aren't truly diagnosable as a long-term"disorder". If your family is going through a time of transition (i.e. separation/divorce, moving) and your child/teen is suddenly clingy, anxious and having nightmares - they probably haven't suddenly developed "Generalized Anxiety Disorder" but an Adjustment Disorder with Anxiety. This is a short-term (and treatable!) diagnosis.
CBT is applicable not just in session to explore why things are challenging but in your day-to-day life - I use CBT techniques in my personal life as well. It just makes sense to consider how your thoughts, feelings and actions are all impacting one another to find ways to make changes. CBT can be used with kids, teens and adults, but it will look a little different in each case.
I'm a Registered Play Therapist. This means that I have completed over 100 hours of Play Therapy training and spent at least 50 hours with a RPT Supervisor to discuss over 500 hours of Play Therapy sessions! I’m not just casually interested in Play Therapy - I’m passionate, invested and highly educated.