Your heart breaks for how sad your child is. Your gut tells you that this isn’t just a phase or some quick-passing funk, and you wonder if there is something more disturbing emotionally going on.
Whatever your child is experiencing, you know that they need help. You can’t imagine your child suffering any longer, and you fear that putting it off might only make matters worse.
Your child’s mood changes are turning them into a different person. They cry often, they’ve withdrawn, and their eating and sleeping patterns have changed. When you ask them what’s wrong, they say that they just don’t feel like themselves, and when you look in their eyes, they seem empty.
Lately, it’s as if a weight is on their shoulders, constantly pushing them further and further down. You can’t imagine your child sinking any lower into this emotional abyss, and you desperately want to throw them a lifeline.
So here you are, ready to get the ball rolling and pull your child from sadness into happiness again.
A lot of the time, your child feels overwhelmed by life and the expectations, rules, roles, people, and routines that make up their world. And, you know that it’s time to get them the help that they need.
You truly want your child to find their place in this world and to move into that space fully equipped and confident. But, you have no idea how that will ever happen if they can’t seem to feel excited for their future. You never imagined seeing despair cross your child’s face. And, you certainly didn’t expect that it would be leading your child away from the goals that they once envisioned. You’re ready for answers.
Signs That Your Child Might Be Struggling with Depression
- Behavioral: your child is agitated, irritable, or isolates themselves socially
- Cognitive: your child has trouble concentrating or thoughts of suicide or hopelessness
- Mood: your child often feels guilty, hopeless, disinterested, sad, or experiences mood swings
When You Seek Support for Child Depression from The Center for Anxiety and Behavior Management
- Your child will feel free from despair and irritability
- Your child will engage in activities with family and friends
- Your child will experience relief from the weight on their shoulders
- Your child will develop higher self-esteem
- Your child will have more hope for the future
The Child Depression Counseling Process
Therapy for child depression is intended to help your child stop feeling so sad and hopeless. Together, your child and their therapist will work with scientifically-backed, evidence-based therapies to help them gain control of their inner and outer worlds in more effective ways.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for children with depression is scientifically-backed and evidence-based to help them learn to identify their triggers and overcome them in such a way as to be successful in school, with family, and with peers.
More About The Center for Anxiety and Behavior Management
As a team of licensed therapists, we are experts at teaching you to make the behavioral choices that get you closer to your goals.
We work from an evidence-based perspective. This means that our job is to help you understand your struggles and provide solutions proven to be very effective. Negative thoughts, distressing feelings, and unhelpful behaviors don’t have to be part of your life, and depression therapy at The Center for Anxiety and Behavior Management is about changing the way you think, recognizing how your beliefs are holding you back, becoming informed, seeing the world more accurately, and engaging in behaviors that you won’t regret later.
We make it our mission to help you regain control of your life by providing effective strategies supported by science. We are dedicated to being on top of the most recent knowledge and helping you solve problems based on what the research says is effective. It is our passion to educate you on what is and isn’t working in your life so that you can get back in the driver’s seat and take yourself where you want to go.
Who Benefits Most from Depression Counseling for Children
Therapy for children with depression is best for those who are experiencing overwhelming sadness, irritability, and anger. With the use of scientifically-validated and evidence-based therapy techniques, your child can start to have hope for the future.
Your child will benefit from depression therapy if:
- They are avoiding people, places, or situations they used to enjoy
- They can’t concentrate, and everything feels overwhelming
- They have suddenly stopped sleeping or sleep all day long
- They have changed their eating habits
- They feel hopeless about their future
There are certain situations where your child might not be ready for counseling sessions with us.
These include, but are not limited to :
- Situations where your family’s schedules are too busy to commit to weekly therapy
- Situations where the child or parent does not want to practice the techniques outside of session
- Situations where parents are not committed to the process
- Situations where parents want a quick fix
If you are currently experiencing any of these issues, we can provide you with appropriate referrals for your level of care.
What Does Therapy for Childhood Depression Cost?
Depression counseling for children is a fee-for-service program which means that we require payment at the time services are provided. We would be considered an out-of-network provider and would be happy to provide you with receipts which include all of the information you’d need for submitting directly to your insurance company for your own reimbursement.
When and Where are the Counseling Sessions?
Our office is conveniently located at 259 Main Street in Chester, NJ, 07930.
Sessions are currently held by appointment only Monday – Saturday.
Your Next Steps
It’s entirely possible for your child to overcome depression.
A happy, fully engaged child may seem a long way away, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t start to take small steps toward a better self-esteem. They just need the support of a caring professional and evidence-based treatment strategies while they work to overcome it.
Your child will be able to more fully engage in their everyday life. And, your family will have harmony in your home. Ultimately, your child will be able to handle the tougher times in life. We can help.
Meet our experienced & professional team
Our therapists’ commitment to providing quality treatment and giving you practical, action-oriented strategies are why we are one of the most sought after mental health practices.