Child Counseling

Children struggle with many of the same mental illnesses and stressors as adults, but helping them through these things often, necessarily, looks very different. Child therapists have specialized training and expertise that enables them to better empathize with children, and to use age appropriate tools and approaches to help them cope and grow. Children may also struggle with problems related to specific developmental milestones, life events, or experiences unique to childhood, and therapists who are sensitive and aware of those experiences can help kids feel heard and understood.

Do you have a child who’s struggling?

We often think of childhood as a time full of happiness, play, and exploring the world, but for some children, due to trauma, developmental disorders, negative experiences with family or friends, or even things like chronic nightmares, children can develop difficulties in life that may turn into mental health disorders.

Children struggle with anxiety and stress just like the rest of us but they often manifest these symptoms in different ways. Rather than communicating their pain like an adult would be able to, children tend to act out, become angry, irritable, tearful, or in some cases wet the bed or engage in unusual behaviors in an effort to cope.

Sometimes this can look like a child being obstinate or difficult, when in fact they are just trying to work out the difficulties they’re experiencing. It is often said in therapeutic circles that when there is something wrong in a family system, families will often try to cover it up, but children will manifest symptoms and draw attention to the problems, demanding they be attended to. But its not always easy to clearly see what the problems are or how to help with them.

Child counseling can help

Therapists who work with children are specially trained in recognizing common mental health issues that come up in children and helping them work through them and come to a place of better coping and communication. Depending on the age of the child, child counselors work with children in various ways to express what they’re feeling, process their emotions, communicate them, and to come up with healthier coping skills.

In cases of trauma, a child might need help expressing their fear and anxiety. A therapist can help by providing a safe, supportive environment for the child to process what happened to them and help them to feel safer.

In cases where unhealthy behaviors are the primary concern, a counselor might explore how the negative behaviors got started in the first place, what might contribute to them continuing, and help the child to come up with alternative behaviors. Sometimes this involves working on parenting skills or doing some family therapy.

Sometimes children struggle with anxiety or depression just like any adult would. This can look different in kids though. Sometimes anxiety looks like ADHD and its important to get an accurate diagnosis so you can treat the right thing. Kids can get anxious about any number of things including school, relationships, fears and phobias. A lot of kids get performance anxiety around a variety of issues and will come to fear disappointing others.

Regardless of what’s going on, if you’re concerned about your child’s mental health and you see them exhibiting any kind of concerning symptoms or behavior, they might benefit from seeing a child counselor. There are lots of good therapists in the greater Sacramento area who work with kids and SacWellness is home to several of them. Check out the therapists listed below who specialize in working with kids.

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Relationship Therapy Center

  • Helping couples, families, and individuals succeed

  • Couples, individual, child and families in Roseville and Fair Oaks
cat-icon 300 Harding Blvd, Suite 211, Roseville, CA, USA

Hearts and Hands Counseling

  • Low cost counseling services in the Roseville area

  • We provide low cost counseling services to individuals, families and children with open hearts and helping hands.
cat-icon 420 Folsom Road, suite C, Roseville, CA, USA

Steve DeBenedetti-Emanuel, LMFT

  • I see a wide variety of people, but my particular areas of interest are 6-12th graders and their parents. I also see adults and have a men's group.

Kiley Thompson, Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

  • A Trauma-Informed Strengths Based Therapist

  • With over 10 years in the mental health field, I am a trauma focused, strengths based therapist. I also use a variety of treatment modalities.

Harbor Counseling Services

  • Therapy for children, teens, adults, couples and families
cat-icon 2101 Stone Boulevard, West Sacramento, CA, USA

Jason Cantrill Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

  • Child and Teen behavior specialist

  • Specializing in working with families dealing with ADHD
cat-icon 2377 Gold Meadow Way, Gold River, CA 95670, USA

Arielle Grossman, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist #114055

  • A strength-based, mindfulness therapist

  • I specialize in teens, trauma, anger management & highly-sensitive people.
cat-icon 418 Alhambra Boulevard, Sacramento, CA, USA

Molly Harris-Potch, LMFT

  • A sex positive LGBTQ+ therapist

  • I have experience working with children, adolescents, couples and adults as well as individuals in the LGBTQ+ community.

Martha Nunez, LMFT, ATR

  • A strength-based therapist and clinical art therapist for kids, teens, and adults.

  • True Growth Therapy is a place of compassion, authenticity, and where you can get encouragement and support while navigating life’s challenges.
cat-icon 5740 Windmill Way, Carmichael, CA, USA

Danielle Greenspan, LMFT, LPCC

  • A therapist specializing in working with children and the LGBTQ+ community

  • I provide individual, couples and family therapy to children, teens and adults. I specialize in working with the LGBTQ+ community and families.
cat-icon 3560 J Street, Suite 6, Sacramento, CA 95816

Lauren Simas, LMFT #123427

  • Specialized care for ADHD Minds in California

cat-icon 1750 Prairie City Road, Folsom, CA, USA

Brinn Langdale, MA, LMFT

  • A Therapist Who Takes a Wholistic Approach to Life.

New Horizons Child & Family Institute

  • Providing Intensive In-Home Family Treatment for Children and Adolescents

  • Effective family-based treatment for severe child and adolescent mental health challenges.
cat-icon 5000 Windplay Drive, El Dorado Hills, CA, USA

Clay Collaborative

  • Therapy for kids, teens, adults, and families.

  • We offer individual, art, and family therapy designed in collaboration with you to build on your strengths and meet your unique goals.

Kathryn Rabak, LCSW

  • An LGBTQIA+, sex, non-monogamy, and BDSM/kink positive therapist

  • Effective individual and family therapy

Joey Yamada, LMFT

  • Tailor-made therapy to suit your individual needs

  • I am a Licensed Psychotherapist who works with a broad range of populations and diagnoses, including Adult ADHD, anxiety and depression..
cat-icon 2023 N Street, Sacramento, CA, USA

Better Life Counseling Center

  • Private Practice in Cameron Park and Roseville
cat-icon 401b Vernon Street, Roseville, CA, USA

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