Social-Emotional Problems

social emotional therapyIs Your Child Or Teen Experiencing Ongoing Stress, Sadness Or Mood Swings?

  • Does your child have a short fuse and lose his or her temper over minor issues?
  • Is your child having difficulty focusing or concentrating?
  • Has your child’s school performance declined in a short period of time?
  • Does your child have worries, negative thoughts or pessimistic thinking?
  • Does your teen struggle in school or with peers?

Young children and teens experiencing social-emotional difficulties often have negative or pessimistic thinking, exhibit trouble interacting with peers and withdraw from family activities. As a parent, you may feel like you are constantly walking on eggshells, afraid to upset your child. Often your child’s behavior may be unpredictable, making life extremely stressful for you and other family members. Having a child with social-emotional problems is stressful, frustrating and even sometimes embarrassing. Although some days may be better than others, you might be wondering if this emotional roller coaster is a phase or something more serious.

Is This A Phase or Should I Be Concerned?

Children and adolescents have different temperaments, coping mechanisms and emotional regulation skills. Some children are flexible and able to go with flow, while others truly struggle to adjust to daily changes and demands. It is not uncommon for children to occasionally experience sadness, frustration or anxiety. However, when mood and emotional difficulties are impairing your child’s ability to function at home, in school or with peers and typical parenting practices are not working, there may be cause for concern. At Innovative Psychological Solutions, we can help you to determine if your child is experiencing a normal developmental phase or if we need to look further into his or her problems and intervene.

Your Child Can Learn Tools To Cope with Social-Emotional Problems and Improve Daily Functioning 

The psychologists at Innovative Psychological Solutions will work with you and your child to develop a comprehensive treatment plan. Our treatment plans are designed to help your child thrive in home, school and social settings, as well as to support you and your family. Our experienced child psychologists use cognitive behavioral approaches to help you respond to your child’s most challenging behaviors. Often children with social-emotional problems have difficulties with moodiness, feelings of sadness and solving social conflicts. They tend to think “everyone is against them” and that nobody understands what they are experiencing. Due to their behavior they often miss opportunities to engage with peers, family members, teachers and other service providers. One of the primary goals at Innovative Psychological Solutions is to improve your child’s self-esteem, positive thinking and their overall ability to cope with difficult situations. Our collaborative therapy process can enhance school performance, improve behavioral regulation, increase social skills and reduce family stress.

Our treatment approaches also empower you as a parent and provide you with support. We recognize the needs of your entire family, and can equip you with education, skills and tools to decrease stress and undue strain. Your psychologist will also offer you strategies that can be used at school and in your home on a daily basis. With the help of an experienced and supportive psychologist, you can learn skills to help your child cope with transitions, communicate more effectively, self-regulate his or her emotions and improve relationships with family and peers. 

Although you may feel that your child could benefit from therapy, you still may have questions or concerns about treatment for social-emotional problems… 

Could this just be a phase that my child will grow out of over time? 

Children go through many developmental phases. And, as parents, we work hard to help them develop a strong foundation to cope with life challenges and difficulties. Sometimes, however, children need a little extra help. A primary goal of social-emotional therapy is to help your child expand his or her coping mechanisms. Some children or teens may only need one or two sessions, while others will require additional behavioral treatment. Either way, therapy can help you and your child build a strong foundation and develop the skills needed to navigate current and future challenges.

How do I know if my child really even needs therapy?

It can sometimes be difficult to determine if your child’s behavior is developmentally normal or if something more serious is occurring. As parents we all want our children to experience joy and achieve their maximum potential. You know your child best. If your child has been struggling for some time and his or her emotional or social wellbeing is causing you concern, it’s best to be proactive a schedule a consultation. We would be happy to meet with you and discuss the specific needs of your child so you can make an informed decision about how to move forward.

We invite you to call 703-273-2198 to request more information about treatment for social-emotional problems and our practice or to schedule a free consultation appointment.