Child Counseling/Therapy

Child Counseling and Therapy
in Lexington, Richmond & Frankfort KY

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All of our offices including Lexington, Richmond, and Frankfort KY offer counseling and therapy for children and adolescents. Our clinicians utilize play therapy, PCIT-Parent Child Interaction Training and a variety of cognitive, behavioral and family therapy and systems approaches. Children and adolescents require specialized training and a high level of experience and expertise. Trust the mental health of your child to someone who meets these criteria. Child psychology is something we can help with.

Why does my child need child counseling?

There are many reasons why kids might need counseling. Just like adults, they can have a multitude of issues that can be resolved with the assistance of a counselor.

Your child might need to see a counselor if they are currently experiencing any of the following:
  • Stress with school, including text anxiety, bullying, or trouble fitting in
  • Family issues, such a death of a family member or divorce
  • Abuse, trauma, neglect, or dealing with illness of a family member
  • Move, change of schools, or start of middle school, high school, or other change in school

There are many signs to tell if you child might need child counseling:
  • Developmental delays including speech or language problems or toilet training issues
  • Attention problems (ADHD, ADD)
  • Difficulty learning
  • Behavioral problems including acting out, anger, violence or frustration, vandalism, theft
  • Inappropriate sexual behavior or teen pregnancy
  • Bed-wetting
  • Eating disorders
  • Significant change in school performance or drop in grades
  • Depression or hopelessness
  • Withdrawing from friends or other social situations
  • Bullying (as the victim or the perpetrator)
  • Lessened interest in activities
  • Sudden changes in appetite
  • Inability to sleep or stay awake
  • Absences from school
  • Mood swings
  • Signs of drug or alcohol use
  • Development of physical complaints, such as headache, stomachache, other aches and pains

Warning Signs that your Child might need Counseling

In 1999, the Surgeon General reported 20% of children between the ages of 9 and 17 have psychiatric disorders. Even if you do not see all of the symptoms, one or two might be enough to seek child counseling. At any given time, your child will experience one or two of these on the list. That is the nature of childhood and the process of growing up. However, if you see that these symptoms are becoming worse, negatively impacting their lives, or are becoming uncontrollable, you should seek assistance from a qualified child counselor.

Leaving your child’s problems unresolved could lead to much more damage, and it is sometimes irreversible. Seeking attention at the onset is important for the well-being of your child and the success of your family. Unresolved issues can stunt developmental or cause trauma for your child.

Types of Child Counseling

There are different types of child counseling that might be appropriate for your child.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a type of counseling that assists with depression, anxiety, and stress. CBT is used to break down negative thought patterns and replace them with positive thoughts. This is done by bringing attention to the negative thoughts, performing exercises to restructure the thoughts, practicing coping and relaxation skills, and stress management.

Psychoanalytic Therapy is also a possibility for your child. Psychoanalytic Therapy is usually not used on young children, but can be appropriate for teenagers. Psychoanalytic Therapy is, more or less, the commonly recognized “talk therapy” that will allow the child counselor to analyze the situation and provide suggestions to change the child’s situation.

Individual child counseling is simply a counseling situation in which the child and counselor are one-on-one. This allows the opportunity for the child to be honest with the counselor, forms a stronger foundation of trust, and allows the child to be open without fearing judgment from parents or siblings.

Group counseling is another option, and might be more appropriate for children who are uncomfortable in a one-on-one situation. Group counseling usually involves meeting with other children who are around the same age as your child, and are addressing similar problems. Together, and with the assistance of a child counselor, they will discuss their problems, problem solve and attempt to resolve their issues, and build social skills, anger management techniques, and stress relief methods in order to alleviate their pressing psychological issue.

Family counseling is another form of commonly used counseling when working with children. Often, the child’s problem is not isolated just to the child; instead, other members of the family are either contributing to the problem, or being affected by the problem. Family counseling usually involves a mixture of counseling sessions, including some sessions with the child alone and other sessions with some or all of the family. The primary goal of family counseling is to alleviate tension and build effective communication techniques in order to solve problems as a family unit.

Play Therapy is a common technique used when working with young children who are either unable to communicate their feelings effectively or just uncomfortable doing so. Play Therapy is a type of child counseling in which the counselor will deviate from the typical “talk therapy” and instead encourage your young child to communicate through games, toys, dolls, or art projects. Using play therapy with young children allows the child counselor to build trust and rapport with your child, ease into difficult topics and conversations by distracting the child from the emotional pain or distress of discussing the difficult situation, and will allow the counselor to analyze your child’s behaviors in a natural setting.

Benefits of Child Counseling

See how play therapy works (video).

Other types of child counseling exist, and will be recommended depending on your child’s specific situation. These include, but are not limited to:
  • Comprehensive Assessment and Individualized Treatment Planning
  • Specialized Treatment for Sexual Victimization
  • Teen Suicide Prevention Treatment
  • Educational Presentations
  • Psychological Consultation

What is Child Counseling?

Child counseling is just one fish in the counseling pond, but it incorporates many different techniques, including family counseling, group counseling, CBT, and more, in order to effectively help your child achieve his or her highest potential and well-being.

Generally, counseling is a mental health discipline in which people can seek assistance in dealing with particularly difficult or stressful times in their lives, from job loss, to death, to divorce, to substance abuse issues, to job or education problems, and more. Child counseling is of the same idea, but is focused on the specific problems of children, ranging from young toddlers and children to teenagers.

Knowledgeable child counselors are prepared to break down barriers, analyze the child’s current situation and stressors, and determine an appropriate and real-world solution for either the child or the entire family to implement in order to alleviate the problem and improve the well-being of the family unit.

Tips for Child Counseling

Child counseling can help children get in touch with their feelings, open up about their problems, and attempt to resolve their problems in order to improve their well-being. Mental illness or behavioral problems can be very detrimental to the child as well as the entire family, and repairing the family relationships can be done through assistance of family counseling in addition to child individual counseling.

Call today! 859-338-0466 or contact us now!

Our practice offers many different types of counseling, including child counseling, and we can help you decide what is best for your child and family today. View the Counseling Process section of our website for more information on getting started today.

We have multiple locations and flexible scheduling in order to accommodate you. Our well-trained staff can assist you with scheduling, and help you feel comfortable starting your journey with us.

Help us help you. We want to alleviate your child’s pain and return your family to its functioning state. Set up an appointment today.
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Lexington, KY

Darby Creek Location
501 Darby Creek Road
Suite 11
Lexington KY, 40509
Phone: 859-338-0466
Fax: 859-294-0802

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By Paul Dalton 05 Feb, 2016
So you live in Kentucky and only a few more weeks until spring. Everyone should be happy and feel better about that, right? I think most of us get a sense of relief and hope, and that cognitive energy to bust out of the winter season and get moving. For some, the spring can be a rough time. Depression, anxiety, bi-polar disorder, and relationship issues prevent the spring season from being all that it could be. Following are some reasons that these and other conditions may worsen in the spring, a few resources for you, and some concrete strategies you can implement to help yourself. 

So why do people struggle some in the spring when it should be all flowers and sunshine? 

1. Sleep
Many times the spring season causes a change in our circadian rhythm . The sun wakes you up in the am, it is difficult to keep a routine, and restlessness all contribute to the sleep problem. Our eating in the winter and spring can affect how much we sleep. Caffeine, napping, undereating, and how much we are moving, all contribute to how much we sleep. Spring likely has an effect on melatonin in the body, which aids in sleep. 

Strategies that help are EXERCISE and EATING RIGHT! If you keep moving with the help of  a tool like a Fitbit or utilize regular exercise of 45 minutes or more 4-5 times per week, you are far less likely to have sleep problems. Exercise helps you sleep. Exercise helps you eat better. Eating and sleeping adequately can reduce your stress and fight any symptoms you may have. Eating healthy keeps your mind, body, and spirit in a positive place. When your body is well, your mind has a great chance of being well too. Sounds too simple? Give it a try!

The sleep foundation can help here :  Sleep Foundation Healthy Sleep Tips
Eating Right For Spring
Here is a good link to read on symptoms getting worse in the spring: Spring Makes Symptoms Worse

2. Spring Fever is Real
Our office has existed for over 15 years now. I can tell you that March to May is our busiest time of the year, always. Bipolar disorder, marital infidelity, depression, and anxiety are the main reasons people call us in the spring. The real causes of spring fever include longer days that produce more sunshine and increased energy, changes in hormone production, sleep cycles, nutrition and diet changes, body needs, and possibly, a lack of self care. When we bust of out winter here in Kentucky we sometimes forget that it takes a little time to get our minds and bodies in shape for yard work, spring cleaning, and for many, an increased workload all the way around. Here are some links to let you know spring fever is real. 

Spring Fever
WEB MD-You Give Me Spring Fever
Wiki Spring Fever
Spring Time Bad for Depression

3. Expectations Are High

Sometimes in spring we have been thinking about all the things we should of, could of, would of done if we had lived in San Diego or Florida during our winter days. The reality of being human can set in when we find out that spring has sprung, it is time to get moving, and we don't have the energy or drive to complete our list of high expectations. Many people are disappointed in themselves and these outcomes. Don't worry about it. 

Strategies you can use include setting small attainable goals you can feel good about. Work on your list a little at a time. Make goals that regular people can reach with time built in for you to EXERCISE AND SLEEP. Do a mix of things that you enjoy and are healthy for you while completing your responsibilities. If you deny yourself from pleasure too long, that strategy is likely to backfire. Have a good balanced approach. Use a checklist that has 3 sections. One section is for today. One section is for the week. Reserve one part of the list for things your are really wanting to do. Put a vacation or planned fun activities on a calendar. Look up things you might want to do during that time online. Planning, thinking and dreaming are fine. They keep us hopeful. 

Tiny Buddha Expectations and Disappointment
Expectations at The Silent Blog
Three Ways Expectations Can Hurt You

4. Allergies

If you live in Kentucky, you know about allergies. Kentucky is known to be one of the worst states when it comes to spring and fall allergies.  Louisville is ranked as one of the worst cities in the entire country to live in due to allergies.   Many times people are unaware they are being affected. Sometimes the symptoms are less obvious than a runny nose, cough, and cold like symptoms. Many times people are lethargic, grouchy, have headaches, and have cognitive deficits. The allergic affect we have in Kentucky can quickly turn into a sinus infection, bronchitis, ear infections, and other maladies that make us mentally and physically drained. That flower below can cause us some issues! 

Get to a doctor. Take a seasonal allergy medication. Some are mild, like Allegra (please get your physician's approval before taking allergy medications) and can be taken everyday. Prescription nose sprays may help, but may also have some cognitive or mood altering side effects. Be careful, but don't suffer! Get help from an allergist if you need it. 

Allergy Resources
Pollen Map
How to Beat Spring Allergies by WEB MD
By creekmoremarketing 21 Sep, 2015

Welcome to our website!

Therapy is a great choice. It works, and I hope you make a commitment today to start. Most people find the idea of attending therapy with a therapist or counselor far more scary than the actual process itself. Here is a link that describes how the process works at our locations.

Our therapists are located in Lexington, Frankfort and Richmond, KY. See individual profiles of our therapy providers here . I hire our professionals personally and attempt to provide you with someone that will care about your outcome and treat you well. These are experts at counseling and therapy and provide services you will want to tell others about.

Our clinicians care, and you will know they are different in that respect. Providing therapy in Central Kentucky is much more than a job to our therapists. It is a profession, and a way of life.

Please let us help you today!   Contact us here   or at 859.338.0466 now.


Paul D. Dalton, MS, LPCC, CADC

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What is Counseling and Therapy?

Counseling is a short-term focus on specific issues and is designed to help a person address a particular problem, such as substance abuse or stress management, and problem solving.
Therapy is a longer term focus on broader issues, with the goal to promote unconscious awareness, uncover patterns, and learn new, healthier ways to think and interact.
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