For some parents, you seek therapy when your child is in crisis. Maybe they have experienced trauma, such as months of bullying by a classmate leading them to withdraw from the family conversation and no longer enjoy fun activities with friends. Or their self-esteem has taken such a hit that they’re embarrassed by their appearance and worry about how they come across to others, resulting in them avoiding school and declining grades.
Perhaps they’ve lost someone close to them and haven’t dealt with the pain.
At other times, you need to dial down your child’s pain nozzle so they can handle the emotional agony they’re experiencing. Your child is trying to figure out how to feel comfortable in their own skin. Their bodies are changing, and their minds are growing. They don’t know what to expect next.
The distress caused by family and social difficulties is hard to understand or put into words. It can be frustrating and upsetting to try to handle these problems alone. The anger and sadness are boiling and about to spill over into all aspects of their life.