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Child Counseling

Twice Exceptional

Also referred to as “2e,” is used to describe gifted children who, have the characteristics of gifted students with the potential for high achievement and give evidence of one or more disabilities as defined by federal or state eligibility criteria.  In simple terms they have exceptional ability with disability (learning or developmental challenges).  Catch your breath because at Traveling Light Counseling we will help your child manage their exceptionality in order that they can be the best version of self.  They will:

  • learn how to manage any additional challenges that affect them such as ADHD, dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, slow processing speed, sensory processing issues or perhaps autistic traits

  • understand, manage and overcome anxiety, depression, lack of self-esteem and emotional dysregulation 

  • create a coping tool kit in order to navigate the triggers in life.

  • Learn how to navigate the challenges that come with their exceptionality such as oversensitive to stimuli

  • Learn self-regulation techniques to manage flooding

Managing Intense Emotions

Anger, Anxiety & Depression

Intense emotions can be paralyzing!  Ever feel like your child's feelings call the shots.  If they feel angry they react angrily rather than seeing the emotion as an indicator and having a response to a situation.  They are a ball of impulse with a side of intensity.  Catch your breath because at Traveling Light Counseling we will help children manage intense emotions:

  • understand, manage and overcome anxiety in order to walk through life with more peace and control

  • understand, manage and overcome depression in order to walk through life with a mind that is still and not trying to escape.

  • understand and manage your anger in order that you build relationships and are less stressed.

  • work through feelings of overwhelm and/or panic in order to make the choices you need to make, go the places you want to and need to go and be in the relationships you desire most.

  • learn the connection between your thoughts, feelings and actions in order to walk through life with a greater of awareness and clearer perspective.

  • transform their mindset in order to manage your thought closet, make intentional choices and live in gratitude

Highly Sensitive

What is highly sensitive?   As reported by Dr. Aron"A highly sensitive child is one of the 15-20% of children born with a nervous system that is highly aware and quick to react to everything. This makes them:

  • quick to grasp subtle changes,

  • prefer to reflect deeply before acting,

  • generally behave conscientiously 

  • easily overwhelmed by high levels of stimulation, sudden changes, and the emotional distress of others."

"Because children are a blend of a number of temperament traits, some HSCs are fairly difficult–active, emotionally intense, demanding, and persistent–while others are calm, turned inward, and almost too easy to raise except when they are expected to join a group of children they do not know. But outspoken and fussy or reserved and obedient, all HSCs are sensitive to their emotional and physical environment." Catch your breath because at Traveling Light Counseling we will help your child manage their sensitivity.  

Is my child highly sensitive you ask?
One way to know is to complete the online questionnaire ‘Is Your Child Highly Sensitive?‘, which also provides a good sense of what is meant by a “highly sensitive child.” This one way to know if a child is highly sensitive, but not always accurate for a given child. Another way to know is to read more and work with us to unpack the trait.

Strong-Willed

Why does everything have to be so difficult?  Why does the simple task become a project with lots of emotion or attitude. At Traveling Light Counseling we will help your child develop a healthy response to life by helping them:​

  • manage flooding

  • increase self awareness of triggers and calming techniques

  • gain a new perspective on life in order to travel lighter and brighter

  • create healthy lifestyle choices in order to implement good self care.

  • discover their inner power, in order to use their intense personality traits for good

  • develop skills in order to live a fulfilling life, full of balance and intentionality.

  • learn skills to manage stress, communication challenges, school pressures, peer relationships and conflict

Parent Coaching

Parenting is a hard enough job in itself, let alone doing it on your own.  Catch your breath because at Traveling Light Counseling we will help you with the transition by helping you:

  • Clarify your parenting goals and purpose

  • Understand and manage flooding

  • Develop skills, routines, systems and rituals in order to live a fulfilling life with your children, full of balance, love and intentionality.

  • Create a more peaceful environment at home despite the complexity that comes with raising a Complex  Gifted, Strong-willed, Highly Sensitive, Anxious or ADHD child.

  • Learn how to be an Emotion Coach where you talk with your children about their feelings, and offering them strategies for coping with emotionally difficult situations. The goal is to empathize, reassure, and teach using a 5-step method that builds emotional intelligence and creates positive, long lasting effects for children.

Child Counseling & Parent Coaching

As a parent you only want the best for your child!  You want them to be both healthy and happy!  To value their abilities, to have confidence in themselves, to think for themselves, enjoy their talents, be more compassionate, have good values, treat other people well, have morals we respect and admire, be proud of themselves (but not arrogant or boastful), to have purpose and meaning to their lives and much more.  

 

Unfortunately, life doesn't always follow the script we imagined and dreamed of for our children.  As life can come with some unexpected twist and turns, hardships, pain and suffering and/or hard to manage moods.  It's during these times that we as parents need help bigger than ourselves in order to help the person/people we hold closest to our hearts with either their struggles, stresses, situation, intense emotions or challenges.  

 

We would love to help.  Either we've been down that path your on or have the professional expertise to help you. To walk with you. To carry some of the weight you’ve been carrying and help your child with: 

  • Anger, Anxiety, Depression

  • Behavior Problems

  • Strong Willed/Oppositional 

  • Conflict

  • Divorce adjustment

  • Executive Functioning

  • Emotional Disregulation

  • Grief + Loss

  • Life transitions

  • Mood Disorders

  • Struggling with Socially and Relationally

  • Stressors

  • Sensory and Emotional sensitivities

  • School Pressures and Peer Relationships

When you seek therapy for your child at Traveling Light Counseling:

Our heart and goal is to help you as the parent understand your child's unique needs and develop ways to help them in their personal healing or growth process.  Our passion is to help them be the best version of self and transition into adulthood as happy, healthy and thirsty adults.  Thirsty for life, continued growth, purpose and a thirst to live life to their fullest.  

Traveling Light is the place for parents who are looking to help their children better manage life’s situations, transitions, challenges, losses, traumas, hurts and pains so they will have more balanced behaviors, thoughts, and emotions.  With our main goal being that they don't carry unnecessary baggage into their adult life. 

 

What The Counseling Process Looks Like

Counseling (or therapy, psychotherapy) is the process your child/teen meeting with a therapist (or counselor) in order to reduce internal suffering which occurs in the form of problematic behaviors, beliefs, feelings and somatic responses (sensations in the body).  In addition, ongoing psychotherapy is a useful means of self-growth and self-discovery.  It is meant to help your child/teen build coping skills to be able to handle negative experiences and emotions. Together with a counselor, they will learn, grow, explore, unpack and understand themself, their world, their suffering and their experiences with new perspective, insight and clarity.  Therapy can also help children/teens to resolve barriers which interfere with positive qualities such as joy, compassion, peace, self-esteem, spiritual connection and love.  Many children/teens enjoy therapy and relish the journey of becoming more conscious about themselves, their inner world and their relationships.  Therapy can also be an effective tool in overcoming the effects of trauma and abuse.  

Your child and their therapist will meet together weekly for 50-minute sessions. Therapy is best done with at least an 8-week commitment. We find that clients who cannot commit to at least 8 weekly sessions and meet less than weekly tend to have more difficulty in establishing a relationship with their therapist and often spend their sessions recapping the previous weeks instead of focusing on forward movement. After 8 weekly sessions, you and your therapist can discuss the movement toward your treatment goals and whether reducing sessions to biweekly or terminating therapy is the next step.  Despite the 8 week recommendation the process and therapy is a unique process and is discussed during the intake and assessment phase.  After 8 weekly sessions, you and your therapist can discuss the movement toward your treatment goals and whether reducing sessions to biweekly or terminating therapy is the next step as this a process that is very personalized to everyones unique situation.

Here's what to expect:

Intake & Assessment: 1-2 Sessions


During this initial sessions, you and your child/teen will meet with your therapist to define the counseling relationship, discuss the details of informed consent and begin the rapport building process. Your therapist will gather information about your child and their biological, psychological, and social history and how this is impacting their current situation. You will also discuss the goals of therapy going forward together.




Treatment


Together, in each subsequent session, your child's counselor will give space for your child to be able to talk and work through the sitaution, problem, truama, grief or stressor that brought you to counseling. The counselor will use various strategies from DBT techniques, CBT, art therapy, sand tray therapy, homework (for the child AND parents) and games that promote healthy communication, emotional expression, improved problem solving skills and much more. Therapists at Traveling Light focus on providing a safe and comfortable place for your child to process and discuss thier heart and mind. During our work together, they will learn skills to help them navigate the twist, turns and pitfalls in their life.




Termination: Final Session


In your child's final session, you, your child and the therapist will review the treatment goals to ensure you are satisfied with your child's counseling experience and that the work with your therapist has met your expectations and needs. A relapse prevention plan will be discussed in addtion to ways to effectively implement all they have learned outside of session.




Phasing Out


In your child's final sessions, you, your child and the therapist will review the treatment goals to ensure you are satisfied with your child's counseling experience and that the work with your therapist has met your expectations and needs of your child. Sessions will be staggared as we prepare for termination. This is a time to make sure that your child is ready to start the next chapter of life with more independence and can effectively utilize the skills and tools learned in sessions.




What's my role as a client?


The main responsibilities are for your child to attend their scheduled individual and/or group sessions with a commitment to learning about themself, how you relate to others, and how they can make changes in their life to reach the desired goals. Giving thought to what they and you would like to gain from counseling is important in setting those goals (an early step in the process). While your counselor may assist them in formulating goals and developing a plan for meeting them, everyone will benefit most from entering counseling with a commitment to actively making positive changes in their life. You as well as them (depending on the age) may find it helpful to note cirucmstatnces, relationships, or events in thier life that are troubling or create problems. Your counselor may ask you and your child to consider the process by which these situations negatively affect you and your child and may encourage you and your child to try a new startegy or to experiment with different approaches to help you achieve the positive change you are seeking. For counseling to be most effective it is important that you and your child are willing to challenge and stretch yourself to follow through on implementing the strategies and skills you are learning. Open communication is important to forming an effective partnership with your counselor. Let him/her know when problems are improving as well as when you don't feel like you are making the progress you desire.





In the end, you will feel so much better knowing your child is receiving the professional help they need.

Let the adventure begin to a lighter and brighter tomorrow with the unpacking of today's struggles in order to receive tomorrow's blessings!  We are honored that you have chosen Traveling Light Counseling to meet the unique needs of your child!

Call 772-361-8448 x1  to schedule a therapy session for child counseling today.

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