Child and Adolescent

McLean Counseling Center

Your child’s therapist should be caring, flexible, and kind. Find compassionate child therapy in Arlington, VA.
The modern world poses a wide variety of challenges for kids today. Parents feel a bigger burden than ever before to equip their kids with healthy coping skills. A qualified, caring child therapist or psychiatrist can help.

Does my kid need child therapy?

Children and adolescents can show emotional distress in a variety of ways:

  • Fighting
  • Arguing
  • Temper tantrums
  • Bullying their peers
  • Shutting down or withdrawing
  • Falling behind in school
  • Illegal or dangerous behavior
  • Ignoring you and other authority figures

Some of these behaviors are common and may be part of your child’s personality. But if they’re out of hand or interfere with your child’s development, it may be time to seek help.

Common Reasons for Children to Need Therapy

  • Parental separation or divorce
  • Being the victim of bullying or harassment
  • ADHD
  • Physical or sexual trauma
  • Alcohol or drug use
  • Exposure to addiction through friends or family members
  • Dealing with peer pressure
  • Stress from puberty and hormonal changes

How Does Child Therapy Work?

Many of our therapists are experienced working with children and adolescents. Using a combination of play therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and traditional talk therapy, your child’s therapist will assess your child’s behavior, mood, and intellectual functioning. The therapist will then develop a treatment plan to address your child’s needs.

This process is designed to not only support the patient, but the child’s parents and caretakers. Psychologists may suggest new parenting strategies to support your child’s development and well-being. Your child’s therapist may also recommend therapy for other family members when applicable.

Call: (703) 821-1073

Contact Us

(703) 821-1073

1307 Vincent Place McLean, VA 22101

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