Christian Counseling for Children

Raising children “in the fear and admonition of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4) is no easy task when you have an entire world around you going the opposite direction, as well as your own human nature to contend with.

There is good news through Christ, though. He can help us to be Spirit-filled caregivers who work through our children’s problems with them.

Even so, there are times when we can use help and encouragement from other brothers and sisters. At Newport Beach Christian Counseling, we provide faith-based tools and guidance to help you grow in your personal walk with Christ and as a leader for your children.

How do I know if my child needs counseling?

It may be hard to determine whether you should take the step of seeking counseling for your child. If you’re reading this article, chances are something is worrying you enough that it’s time to seek help. Christian counseling for children in Newport Beach can help with any of the following problems:

  • Issues of faith and spirituality
  • Difficulty adjusting to life changes or transitions
  • Ongoing conflict with family members
  • Sudden or persistent changes in mood or behavior
  • Illicit or high-risk behavior such as substance abuse or sexual promiscuity
  • Difficulty processing trauma or grief
  • Social or academic struggles

Don’t hesitate to call us today to schedule your risk-free initial assessment.

Christian Counseling for Children in Newport Beach

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. –  Hebrews 11:1

Anxiety about your child or teen’s well-being can cause you to feel overwhelmed and helpless. We have worked with children and parents to find solutions for a wide variety of problems. Don’t lose hope; Christian counseling in Newport Beach offers encouragement and answers for the struggles you’re facing.

How can Christian counseling help?

Before you seek out Christian counseling, it’s helpful to be assured that there is great potential for hope and healing. In our many years of experience as trained professionals, we have witnessed healing in people of all ages, many of whom thought there was no solution possible. Faith-based counseling provides powerful solutions for holistic well-being.

What are the benefits of Christian counseling for children?

There are big differences between traditional secular counseling and counseling that’s based on Scripture. We utilize similar evidence-based treatment methods, but we also look to a source of healing that’s outside the confines of science and research.

Spiritual issues require a spiritual approach that’s dependent on the Lord for healing and guidance. That’s why Christian counseling for children can be so powerful – it offers faith-based tools that can’t be found in secular counseling methods.

What are common areas of treatment?

If a specific condition affects adults, it’s likely that it affects children as well, including conditions such as depression, anxiety, other mental disorders, and behavior problems. Children and teenagers have to rely on their caregivers for help, and sometimes they may not be able to articulate what they’re going through.

As a parent, you care about your child and want to get them the help they need, but sometimes it can be difficult to understand what’s going on with them. Christian counseling for children and teens can help bridge this gap and help both you and your child know how to move forward.

This statistic may surprise you: almost 1 in 10 children ages 5-16 is affected by some sort of mental health problem. These are some of the most common issues:

  • Eating disorders
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Self-injury
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
  • Depression

Other areas of treatment include:

  • Autism spectrum disorders and learning disabilities
  • Mood or personality disorders
  • Anger management
  • Addictions
  • Grief and trauma
  • Family relationships
  • Spiritual development

Working as partners in healing

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:14

We see your child for who they are: a wonderful creation of God’s handiwork. We don’t want to change your child’s identity; we strive to discover and nurture their strengths and help them overcome the challenges they’re facing.

We see Christian counseling for children as a partnership between the parent and counselor under God’s guidance, as we work to help your child reach his or her full potential.
 

What should I expect?

This will depend on your individual situation, but for all clients, we offer a safe and compassionate environment in which to find hope and healing through our faith-based Christian counseling approach.

Christian counseling for children in Newport Beach

When working with children, we offer a safe and nurturing environment that allows the child to communicate on his or her own terms. The Christian counselors in Newport Beach are trained to interact with each child based on their age, symptoms, and parental concerns. Our two most commonly used methods are play therapy and trauma-focused therapy.

  • Play therapy combines traditional conversational therapy with creative play to provide the child with a comfortable, straightforward way to communicate their feelings.
  • Trauma-focused therapy is geared towards helping children who have been traumatized or abused. The goal of trauma-focused therapy is to help the child process and manage their painful thoughts and emotions to help them heal and thrive.

And what will your role be as a parent? If your child is under 13, you might be asked to be present during the counseling sessions so they’ll feel more secure. Whether you’re present during therapy or not, you still play a vital role in helping your child recover. The trained counselors at Newport Beach Christian Counseling partner with parents to help build a nurturing environment for each child.

Christian Counseling for Teens in Newport Beach

Christian counseling for teens is also a place of safety where adolescents can communicate their thoughts and experiences and learn skills for managing them. The counselors at Newport Beach Christian Counseling are trained to meet teens where they are and connect with their emotions and difficulties.

It can be hard as a parent when your teenager doesn’t want to talk to you; a third party can be very helpful in this situation. Treatment specifically targeted to teens covers standard areas as well as:

  • Depression and anxiety
  • Behavior and mood disorders
  • Drug and alcohol use
  • Sexual identity and promiscuity
  • Teen pregnancy
  • Dealing with social pressures
  • Goal setting and problem solving
  • Strengthening faith-based values

If you’re not sure whether your teen’s behavior is based on normal “growing pains” or is something more serious, talking with a counselor can be a crucial step in ensuring your teen’s safety and well-being. We want to partner with you to help your child learn, grow, and thrive.

Partnering with parents for a bright future

Children are our future. That’s why it’s vital to invest time and resources into caring for them and filling their hearts with the truth of God’s Word. To learn more about Christian counseling for children and teens, contact us today.