Is your Child Displaying Behavioral or Emotional Distress?

Navigate Emotions with Resilience, Confidence and Self-Respect

We assist young children, adolescents, and their families in managing emotional and behavioral challenges. With the help of a mental health expert, we can address your child's mental health needs.

We offer a full intake of your child's behavior, and provide family-focused therapy, individual counseling, cognitive behavioral therapy, art therapy and group therapy sessions. In addition, our counseling team provides day therapy for young children, case management help, therapeutic behavioral health treatments, and support to the child's primary caregivers and support person(s).

We strive to provide families and children, teenagers, and young adults with the skills they need to begin their therapy process by providing individualized counseling services.

KidSense Goals for Child Counseling and Mental Health Services:

We foster a strong sense of identity, rooted in honesty, respect, compassion, and self-responsibility

We work with the child to help them learn how to express emotions, increase their self-confidence, improve communication with family members, define their values and roles, and establish boundaries

We help children gain the skills needed for success at home, in school, and social situations

Mental Health Counseling for a Variety of Conditions

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • ADHD
  • Autism
  • Academic concerns

  • Behavioral issues
  • Learning disabilities
  • Self-esteem
  • Social issues
  • Sexualized behaviors
  • Loss/Grief

  • Trauma (TFCBT)
  • Adjustment related needs
  • Weight issues
  • Substance abuse
  • Emotional and behavioral dysregulation

How do I Know if My Child Needs Counseling?

Your child may need counseling if experiencing one or more of the following:

Feeling of Sadness or Worry for an Extended Period

If a child appears particularly nervous, depressed, irritated, or cries often, such conditions might interfere with a child’s ability to accomplish everyday academic and social activities.

Changed Eating or Sleeping Habits and Increased Physical Complaints

Physical symptoms, such as headaches and stomachaches, can sometimes result from underlying mental health conditions in children. Similarly, if your child’s eating or sleeping habits have drastically changed, it could be an indication of an eating or sleeping disorder. After checking with a doctor, you might want to consult a therapist for help.

Regressing Behaviors

Regression is a process when a child temporarily goes back to a previous stage of development and acts according to that stage. It usually happens when they are greatly impacted by a traumatic event or crisis in their life such as losing a parent, a divorce between parents, or an accident. It can also be triggered by a change in routine or a transition. Some of the common symptoms of regression are bed wetting, disrespecting others, tantrums, and fear.

Unpredictable Behaviors

Unpredictable Behavior can be an indication of an underlying mental health condition. Such behaviors might be a child’s way to express depression, anger, or resentment. A therapist can help process emotions and improve a child’s ability to manage them across their day to day.

Self-Destructive Behaviors

If your child is frequently engaging in self-destructive behaviors like cutting themselves to cause pain, hitting, hurting, or mutilating themselves, using drugs or alcohol, it can be indicative that your child may need counseling.

Loneliness

Another sign of a mental health disorder could be loneliness or isolation from friends. If children are experiencing low self-esteem they might avoid the company of their peers. A therapist can help them to overcome such behaviors for improved mental health.

Why Choose KidSense for Counseling?

Rediscover Joy, Regain Mental Health and Restore your Resilience

  • Highest Quality Treatment: We are committed to providing the highest-quality treatment and support which focuses on the unique needs of your child and family.
  • Multidisciplinary Approach: Our diverse team consists of licensed clinical social workers, licensed professional counselors, and experts in occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, social work, and art therapy. We deliver each plan of care tailored to your child's needs and aim to provide a holistic integrated approach to supporting your child and family.

  • Holistic Care: Adaptive games, arts and crafts, and interactive video and computer games improve participation in therapy while also providing peer-to-peer support to encourage children to take part in their care.
  • High Success Rate: Our clients and their families routinely assess their care as excellent or very good.

What is Involved in the Evaluation?

Detailed Assessment to Deliver Trusted and Measurable Results

An initial mental health intake is a process by which a professional gains detailed information about a child's strengths and vulnerabilities to implement the most appropriate and adequate therapeutic techniques to target treatment goals.

At KidSense, a 45-60 minute initial assessment session with the child and parent/guardian is usually part of the intake procedure. During that session, a mental health professional will obtain information regarding developmental history, psychiatric history, familial history, academic background, and any other remarkable information. Following the intake, the clinician will discuss findings with the caregivers to design therapeutic goals.

What is Involved in Mental Health Counseling?

Increased Self-Esteem, Reduced Anxiety, and Improved Coping Mechanisms

  • Art Therapy: The art therapist uses the art-making process and the resulting art product as an alternative means of communication. Art therapy is an integrative and expressive mental health service that allows children to explore internalized emotions and feelings through the use of active art-making, creative processing, and applied psychological theory and therapeutic interventions.The therapist and the client work together to understand this non-verbal communication. Clients can raise awareness of their own and others' behaviors, create problem-solving methods, and manage the symptoms, emotions, and experiences. They can also improve their cognitive abilities through creating art and reflecting on the art products and processes.

  • Traditional Talk Therapy: Talk therapy requires our clients to discuss their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors with a skilled professional counselor. It can assist them in dealing with negative ideas and feelings while helping them progress in a positive direction. Describing their thoughts and how it makes them feel, assists them in identifying any patterns that need to be changed. It can help them in determining the source of their negative thoughts and ideas, as well as why they exist. This understanding leads to positive adjustments and better control over difficult environmental factors.

  • Clinical Social Work and Licensed Professional Counselors: Clinical social work and licensed professional counseling are practices that focus on providing general counseling and crisis intervention for individuals, couples, families, and groups. Our clinical social workers and licensed professional counselors are licensed in the state of Connecticut to provide individual, group, and family therapy. They provide support to children and families to strengthen their relationships at home, school, and other social environments. Our licensed counselors also help children to develop tools to identify and express their emotions in healthy ways.

External Child Counseling Resources for Families, Parents and Caregivers

Resources do not supplement an evaluation and treatment plan created by a licensed physical therapist and should be used for informational purposes only.

Frequently Asked Questions

KidSense Locations

KidSense Therapy Group has 2 Convenient locations in Milford and Danbury CT which serve our greater New Haven County area as well as the greater Fairfield County area. Both locations are fully staffed with both therapists as well as administrative professionals.

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