Children's Counseling

Mental Health Counseling located in Gilbert, AZ

Children's Counseling

About Children's Counseling

One in six children has a mental health disorder, and half don’t get the help they need to overcome their challenges and move forward into a thriving, balanced life. The compassionate child therapists at Thrive Counseling Services, LLC work with children ages four and up. The team provides age-appropriate therapies that guide and support children as they deal with a range of emotional, behavioral, and mental challenges. If your child needs counseling, don’t wait to schedule an appointment. Call the office in Gilbert, Arizona, or use the online booking feature today.

Children's Counseling Q&A

Why is children’s counseling an essential service?

Children and teens struggle with many issues that affect their mental and emotional health. They face daily stress, bullying, peer pressure, and trauma.

Some are exploring their gender identity and need the LGBTQI-affirming team at Thrive Counseling Services, LLC to help them communicate their choices or deal with unaccepting friends and family.

Half of all serious mental health conditions begin by age 14. Counseling gives children a better chance of finding success and happiness today and may prevent childhood conditions from following them into adulthood.

How do I know when my child needs counseling?

Parents, caretakers, and teachers usually know when children and teens exhibit worrisome behaviors. But this list can help you identify when your child needs a psychological evaluation and counseling:

  • Difficulty socializing or making friends
  • Declining school performance
  • Refusing to go to school
  • Often feeling anxious or fearful
  • Being hyperactive or impulsive
  • Having uncontrollable meltdowns
  • Showing signs of depression (sadness, hopelessness)
  • Sleeping more or less than normal
  • Changing their eating habits
  • Losing interest in their favorite activities
  • Engaging in self-harming behaviors
  • Being verbally or physically aggressive
  • Being purposefully disobedient
  • Having frequent nightmares
  • Talking about suicide

If these issues persist or worsen, it’s time to consult the child therapists at Thrive Counseling Services, LLC.

What mental health disorders do children’s counselors treat?

Children can be diagnosed with many mental health conditions, including: 

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Attachment disorder
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Conduct disorder
  • Tourette syndrome
  • Oppositional defiant disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder

 When children have one condition, there’s a good chance they have a second co-occurring disorder.

What happens during children’s counseling?

The children’s counselors at Thrive Counseling Services, LLC create care plans that help children identify, understand, and work through their experiences, emotions, and behaviors.

Therapists support children as they navigate scary, painful, and anxiety-producing events, teaching them how to overcome negative feelings and deal with their challenges.

Children’s counseling is always age-appropriate, motivating children to share their thoughts and feelings. The team specializes in an array of therapies for children, including play therapy, expressive arts therapy, emotionally focused therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).

If you’re worried about your child’s behaviors or want to schedule an appointment, call Thrive Counseling Services, LLC, or book online today.