Does My Child Need Therapy?
According to the CDC, one in six children between the ages of 2 and 8 years old has a behavioral, mental, or developmental disorder. The most commonly diagnosed mental health disorders in children are behavior problems, ADHD, anxiety and depression. As a parent, it can sometimes be hard to know what is “just part of growing up” versus when your child may actually need extra treatment and support. Learning about your child’s warning signs can aide in early intervention. Click here to view the most common symptoms in children to look out for. For additional information on teenagers, click here.
As Sage House our clinicians are specially trained in childhood development, early onset mood and attention disorders, sensory issues as well as numerous other developmental and emotional concerns that arise in childhood. Our therapists understand how issues can present differently depending on age, gender and the child’s developmental level. With numerous years of experience working with children and families we give parents a clear picture of what is going on and a road map for moving forward with effective interventions.
Therapy for Children Experiencing Divorce
Family therapy can be very helpful, especially when parents are going through a divorce or separation. Although divorce has been steadily decreasing since 2016, there is still a large percentage of families who are or will go through the end of a marriage. We know that currently, in the United States there is one divorce every 13 seconds. We know that half of the children in the United States will experience the divorce of their parents. For blended families, the divorce rate is even higher at 60 to 70 percent. Separation, custody and the toll divorce takes on all family members can not only be heartbreaking but can also feel overwhelming. Bringing in the expertise of a clinician can be helpful when you need someone who understands the unique challenges a divorce can place on each family member. We help navigate the developmental abilities of a child to understand and make sense of the divorce and provide a place for each family member to safely grieve the changing family structure. We know how divorce can effect each family member differently and we look to provide compassion, understanding and support.
Therapy for Children Experiencing Grief
Grief and loss is another one of the most common reasons parents seek clinician services and support at Sage House. The grieving process is one that is unique to each person and the circumstances of the relationship and loss. Our clinicians have a wealth of knowledge and experience when it comes to compassionately guiding your child and/or family through the grieving process. We use art, play and talk therapy to allow for the most gentle, supportive atmosphere to express feelings, sadness and to grieve. We also know that grief is a normal human experience and one that we will all experience in our lifetimes. Rather than viewing or characterizing the feelings of sadness, anger, confusion, denial and despair as psychologically abnormal, we walk the path of grief with you and your child, providing a guiding light. We also offer parents tools and resources to aid in talking to their children about death and the grieving process.
How Therapy Works
After your complimentary phone consultation, you will be connected to the associate who best meets the needs of your child. Therapy starts with a 75 minute intake session, which includes the parents for a portion of the intake to review concerns and discuss how therapy works. We recommend weekly therapy sessions for all children. This allows us to build a relationship of trust and security with your child, maintaining consistency and improving the overall efficacy of the treatment. Depending on the age and needs of your child, these weekly sessions are either 45 or 60 minutes. Parents are also involved in the therapeutic process throughout, which may include joint child-parent sessions, family sessions and separate parent meetings. Regardless of your child’s therapy duration or needs, we partner with all parents to provide a comprehensive understanding of your child’s needs and how you can best support your child outside of therapy. We will establish set times throughout your child’s therapy to meet with you and discuss progress, observations and feedback.
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We’re not perfect. And neither are you. And that’s okay. We celebrate what your version of wellbeing looks like instead of fitting you into a predetermined box.
Therapy doesn’t always have to be heavy and serious. It can be light and playful and funny, and we take pride in cultivating an atmosphere of joy amidst transformative healing.