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Eight Ways to Tell Your Child Needs Counseling

Eight Ways to Tell Your Child Needs Counseling


Eight Ways to Tell Your Child Needs Counseling


It is common for young children to have occasional emotional and behavioral issues as they grow and mature. Whether at home or at school, they experience conflicts and problems over such issues as toilet training and homework, which are usually short-lived and do not interfere with their normal functioning.

There are cases, however, when a child’s response to life’s pressure and difficulties is severe and no amount of parental care can help. Children with psychological health conditions must be evaluated and diagnosed by a competent professional in order to be treated appropriately. As a parent, it is vital to recognize the signs that warrant specialized intervention.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published data based on the findings of the National Research Council and Institute of Medicine revealing that 13 to 20 percent of American children experience a psychological, emotional, or behavioral disorder in a given year. This includes those that begin in childhood, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem.

These disorders are characterized by serious changes in typical ways children learn, behave, and emote. Thus, parents like you need to be watchful for these warning signs that indicate your child needs professional assistance.


  1. Unpredictable mood swings. If your child is unusually sad and avoids interacting with people for more than two weeks, it may be a sign of emotional distress. Other mood-related red flags that your child needs counseling include irritability and baseless fear.
  1. Sudden behavioral changes. If your child exhibits a sudden change in behavior or personality, such as engaging in risky activities, it can be a strong indication that your child is crying out for help. Other signs may include poor performance in school, inattentiveness, and erratic sleeping patterns.
  1. Significant weight change. A sudden change in your child’s eating pattern, whether it is eating too much or having no appetite, can indicate a deep-set emotional issue such as anxiety, depression, or an eating disorder that needs professional support.
  1. Trouble focusing. It’s normal for young children to have short attention spans due to their inherent curiosity. This tends to improve as they grow older. If your older child has difficulty concentrating or can’t sit still, it’s worth your time and effort to seek counseling for him or her.
  1. Frequent complaints of physical pain. Does your child often feel dizzy? Has it become a habit for your child to express woes about physical problems and worries? Your child needs to undergo a thorough checkup with a doctor. If symptoms persist and there is no medical cause, seeing a therapist may be beneficial to help identify the underlying issues.
  1. Intense emotions. If your child expresses strong feelings about things that do not normally cause concern for young ones, he or she may be in need of immediate assessment, especially if this is accompanied by fast breathing or excessive sweating.
  1. Self-harming tendencies. An immediate evaluation is warranted if your child behaves aggressively or destructively, or deliberately causes harm to self or others. These are signs of poor emotional/behavioral health that require prompt intervention.
  1. Substance abuse. Older children may get hooked on drugs or alcohol as an attempt to cope with emotional distress, ranging from anger to oppositional defiance. If your child displays such symptoms as poor hygiene, hyperactivity, clumsiness, or seizures, it is important to act decisively by seeking professional intervention.


As soon as you notice one or more of these symptoms in your child, seek out early intervention to prevent any psychological, emotional, or behavioral issue from further impairing your child. When allowed to go untreated, these conditions can affect various aspects of your child’s life, such as relationships, career, etc. Delayed treatment may not be as effective in completely managing the symptoms.


Seeking Help to Augment Your Parental Care

As a parent, your utmost goal is to raise healthy, happy, and well-adjusted children. Part of this parental care is looking after their psychological, emotional, and behavioral health. Your children depend on you to recognize their problems and be responsive to their needs. Caring for a child who exhibits some of the above symptoms may be more than you can handle, considering the complexities of the condition. You may find yourself frustrated with your own weaknesses and limitations. Seeking external help does not make you a bad parent: rather, it is a sign that you want the best for your child’s welfare.

It starts with knowing how to choose a trustworthy therapist for your child. At Carolina Counseling Services (CCS) — Pinehurst, NC, you can find the right-fit professional among our independently contracted counselors. Get help on behalf of your child. Make a call now to schedule an appointment.


Serving Areas: Carolina Counseling Services – Pinehurst, NC

Counties: Moore county, NC, Lee County, Hoke County, Chatham County

Areas: Pinehurst NC, West End NC, Taylortown NC, Seven Lakes NC, Eagle Springs NC, Jackson Springs NC, Foxfire NC, Candor NC, Norman NC, Ellerbe NC, Rockingham NC

Zip Codes: 27281, 27376, 28315, 28347, 28350, 28373, 28374, 28387, 28388, 28394

Kelly ErkenBrack, LCSW

Specializes in: (Ages 3+) Children, Teens, Adults, Couples and Families. Anxiety, Depression, Grief and Loss, Mood Disorders, Trauma, Adjustments and Life Transitions, ADHD, Behavioral Issues, Parenting, Relationship Concerns, Self Esteem
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Robin Caswell, MSW, LCSW

Specializes in: (Ages 5+), Individuals, Adults, Anxiety, Depression, Grief, Loss, ADHD, ODD, Trauma/PTSD, LGBTQ, Self-Harm, Military Family Life, Mood Disorders, OCD, Phobias
Insurance: BCBS, Tricare, Medicare and Cash
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Location: Pinehurst, NC

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