Counseling Services for Kids and TeensAlso known as youth therapy, and youth counseling..
Our mission at Old Towne Counseling Services is to provide kids and teens with a safe, comforting, and productive therapeutic experience. Our therapists are passionate about helping children overcome the challenges they face at home, at school, and everywhere in between.
According to the American Psychiatric Association, an estimated 8.4 percent of children and 2.4 percent of adults live with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. There are three types of ADHD: inattentive type, hyperactive/impulsive type, and combined type. No matter which type of ADHD your child may live with, we have therapists who specialize in helping kids and teens with all types of ADHD.
Anger Management Therapy.
Anger Management therapy doesn’t teach your child how to avoid or suppress anger. Our therapists are committed to helping your child deal with anger in a safe and productive manner. Simply put, we want them to make better decisions when anger strikes. It’s easier said than done, but with a plan and a lot of practice, we know they can do it.
Many people experience anxiety before taking an exam, meeting people for the first time, or giving a speech. Anxiety is our normal human response to stress. When anxiety becomes excessive, all-consuming, or interferes with your child’s daily life, it’s likely that some form of an anxiety disorder exists. Our therapists are here to help your child overcome anxiety.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, Autism Spectrum Disorder affects 1 in 59 children born in the United States. Autism is characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication challenges. We have therapists who are certified to provide effective therapeutic services to children and teens living with Autism.
Behavioral Challenges Therapy.
Behavioral challenges can be a result of many different underlying conditions. Those with Autism face behavioral challenges, just like those with ADHD. Examples of behavioral challenges include, but are not limited to; shyness, rocking, staring, truancy, and social isolation. If you have questions about behavior, whether controlled or not, please reach out to us and speak with one of our therapists about your behavioral challenges.
Chronic Illness Therapy.
Chronic Illness Therapy helps children manage the stress of a chronic, or potentially fatal illness. Examples of such illnesses include: diabetes, cancer, and HIV. We want to support those who are living with potentially fatal illnesses and help advocate on behalf of them and their well-being. If your child suffers from a chronic illness and needs support during this phase of life, please give us a call.
Codependency is more complex than simply valuing others opinions of yourself more than your own, and making personal sacrifices to please others. Codependency may be holding your child back from healthy relationships, self-esteem, and fulfilling their destiny in this world. Our therapists are here to help your child stand strong, make a positive impact on others, and experience a true sense of certainty and independence.
Coping Skills Therapy.
When your child doesn’t know how to cope with stress, they’re at risk for developing depression, and many more illnesses. We help children develop effective coping strategies they can use when facing stress, trauma, and other painful emotions. We want your child to live a long healthy life and we’re here to support them every step of the way.
Co-occurring Disorder Therapy.
Has a mental illness led your child to self-medicate with drugs or alcohol? Or, has the effects of drugs and alcohol led to the development of a mental illness? It’s not uncommon for teens who use drugs to develop an anxiety disorder, or another mental illness. We’re here to help your child live a sober life and cope with the issues that led to or come from misusing drugs and consuming alcohol.
Depression is common among teens and the symptoms include, but aren’t limited to: lack of interest, lack of motivation, fatigue, low energy, sadness, and suicidal thoughts that persist for weeks or longer. If you have a feeling that your child may be suffering from depression, please come see us. If your child is currently having suicidal thoughts, please reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Family of Origin Therapy.
Is your child finding it difficult to love or to trust again because of what happened in the past? Does your child have moments when traumatic memories cross their mind and affect their mood negatively? If your child’s family of origin caused them pain, please reach out to one of our therapists. We want to help your child overcome those experiences and take steps towards a brighter future.
Grief and Loss Therapy.
When your child loses a loved one, it takes something out of them. What should your child think, feel, and do after someone or some thing of significance is taken away from them? How do they carry on after a devastating loss? There are many question that those who face grief need to find the answers to. We’re here to help your child find those answers, and take steps towards a brighter future.
We happily welcome the entire Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning, Intersex, and Asexual community. We provide therapy and support for kids and teens in the GSM and LGBTQ+ community who are experiencing oppression, discrimination, harassment, and marginalization due to their sexual and romantic orientation and/or gender identity. If they fear coming out to their family or need support finding clarity, or if they are a victim of verbal and physical abuse and bullying, sexual assault, or social rejection, our therapists are here for them. Here at Old Towne Counseling we have therapists who are either members of, or in full support of, the LGBTQ-IA community. Let us help your child walk with pride.
Mood Disorder Therapy.
Mood disorders are generally characterized as a series of drastic changes in mood that disrupt one’s life. There are three major states of mood disorders: depressive, manic, and bipolar. When your child’s mood starts to have an impact on their social, educational, and home life, it’s time to ask for help as they may be suffering from a mood disorder. In addition to talk therapy, we offer psychological testing and genetic testing to help uncover the causes and solutions to your child’s unique situation. In some cases, therapy alone is enough to treat a mood disorder – it depends on the individual. If you’re looking for a non-judgmental therapist to help your child live a more emotionally stable life, please reach out to us.
Multicultural therapy addresses the needs and concerns of children who are considered minorities. Minorities whose race, ethnicity, religion, gender identification, income, disability, or other social factor leads to oppression, racism, and marginalization can find the emotional support and guidance they need at Old Towne Counseling Services.
Obsessive-Compulsive behaviors include fears of contamination, compulsive checking for completion, fears of harming others, ordering and arranging objects in specific ways, and profusely thinking aggressive, violent, or sexual thoughts. OCD therapy typically involves helping children cope with anxiety using a type of cognitive behavioral therapy called Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP). If your child is experiencing OCD symptoms, please contact us to schedule an appointment with one of our therapists.
Panic Disorder Therapy.
Does your child experience sudden episodes of overwhelming anxiety or fear on a regular basis? Those episodes are known as panic attacks. A Panic disorder is a psychiatric disorder that creates sudden moments of panic and fear without a reasonable cause (panic attacks). If your child is experiencing panic attacks on a weekly or daily basis, please reach out to us for help. Our therapists are here to support your child and help them cope with the feelings of fear and anxiety that lead to panic attacks.
Relationships and Social Challenges Therapy.
Does your child experience social anxiety or shyness when they are around other people? We help kids and teens overcome social anxiety and self confidence issues that affect their relationships with others. If you would like your child to feel comfortable in public places or around certain people, please reach out to us by calling or scheduling your first appointment online.
Stress Management Therapy.
Too much exposure to stress can lead to heart disease, mental health disorders, physical appearance issues, and other health issues that cause more stress… on top of the stress one already encounters. Our therapists want to help your child cope with stress, manage stressful times effectively, and ultimately help them live a less stressful life. Please reach out to us to schedule a stress-free appointment and take steps towards a brighter future.
School Issues Counseling.
School can nurture growth and independence in children; however, it can also be difficult for children who face self-esteem issues, academic pressure, temptation, disappointment and rejection, and bullying and cyber-bullying. Not only do kids and teens compare themselves to peers in terms of talent, knowledge, and appearance, they are also subjected to bullying, the temptation to exhibit risky behavior, not making the sports team, heartbreak, and other unpleasant experiences. Many kids have not been trained on how to cope with school-related issues, including attendance and attention challenges. At Old Towne Counseling Services, our youth therapists have many years of experience helping children and teens succeed in school. If you’re concerned about your child’s performance at school, or the challenges they face at school, please reach out to us.
Self-esteem is the degree to which one feels confident, valuable, resilient, and worthy. Children with high self-esteem often feel good about themselves and progress through life. Kids with low self-esteem often feel shame and self-doubt and spend lots of time criticizing themselves. Those with self-esteem issues may stop doing hobbies they once enjoyed. Feelings of anger, guilt, or sadness may prevent them from enjoying new activities. Some kids may exhibit self-destructive behaviors such as abusing substances, neglecting hygiene, developing codependency tendencies, and more. Others may bully and criticize others to compensate for their own insecurities. In addition, a fear of rejection can prevent kids with low self-esteem from seeking positive relationships, which could lead to social isolation. Our therapists want to help your child change the way they think, act, and speak about themselves. We want your child to feel confident, resilient, and not afraid of being themselves around others. If your kid or teen suffers from low self-esteem issues, please reach out to us.