Online Counseling for Kids

Online Counseling for Kids

Do You Wish You Could Provide More Emotional Support For Your Child? 

Is your child having trouble adjusting to all the challenges in their life? Are they dealing with autism, anxiety, ADD/ADHD or a physical disability? Perhaps you wish you could assist them better, but you’re not sure where to turn for help. In the wake of COVID-19, many of their resources for social support may be gone. Regular play dates probably aren’t happening and lots of fun activities may be on hold. As a result, your young one may be discouraged and lonely, suffering from meltdowns because they can’t go back to ordinary life.

As much as you wish your child could see a therapist, doing so may seem impractical right now. Perhaps traveling is inconvenient because of your busy schedule. And due to new health concerns related to the pandemic, maybe going to a counselor in person just isn’t safe. What’s more, if your child has a physical disability, mobility issues could affect their ability to access an office in the first place.

Even so, your child may be struggling with isolation and uncertainty, missing all their friends and wishing they had more support. If this is the case, I encourage you to connect with me. My online therapy sessions are safe, convenient and fun. It’s a time where kids ages eight-and-up get to be themselves without any fear of judgment and learn new skills for achieving social and academic success.

Many Kids Have Transitioned To Online Counseling Successfully

Imagine that your child is feeling like themselves again. They have tried online counseling and found new ways to adjust to life in a pandemic. They’re not suffering from as many meltdowns and they’re no longer burdened by excessive anxiety. Additionally, they’ve made new friends and they have a supportive home where there is harmony between the family members. There is an ease about their life now—a sense of deep joy, serenity and playfulness. They feel free, uninhibited by sadness and stress.

No matter how discouraged your young one may feel, this life can be theirs with the right help and support. Many kids have adjusted to online therapy successfully; and I believe your child can, too. With how much COVID-19 has shaken up mental health services, the popularity of online counseling for children is only growing. It provides a chance for kids to engage in counseling from their bedroom, their yard or wherever they feel comfortable. And since kids generally like technology, it’s less of an adjustment for them than it is for many adults.

If you have a child who is eight or older and is struggling with autism, ADD/ADHD, anxiety or a physical disability, I would be honored to help them. Online counseling is a safe, secure and convenient way for children to find support in our stressful and uncertain world.

Online Counseling Is A Chance For Kids To Relax, Unwind And Have Fun

Let’s be honest: most kids don’t like sitting around and talking for long stretches of time. The idea of going to counseling may seem boring to them. Thankfully, my approach to the healing process is anything but dull. In addition to learning new life skills, I want your child to have fun. They are encouraged to express themselves through art, crafts, games and whatever helps them find joy and fulfillment. My online sessions have an interactive component that includes screen sharing, an online whiteboard and a digital sand-tray therapy option where they can use different characters and props to tell a story.

One of the central features that I provide each child with is a Play Therapy backpack. This is a backpack I will fill with art supplies, books and any projects they might enjoy. The backpack is free and available for pickup at my office. What is in the backpack to some extent depends on what your child enjoys—I want to customize it to suit some of their needs. During sessions together, I will encourage them to use the supplies inside their backpack to help them relax and express themselves.

Before meeting with your child, I will have you fill out paperwork online through your child’s client portal. Afterward, you and I will have a one-on-one session to discuss their needs. This first meeting is a chance for me to learn more about your child’s background and education. If they struggle with autism, for instance, it’s important for me to know if they’re in an inclusion class or a self-contained class. Additionally, I want to know if there are any extra resources and supports you want for your child. If they need an Individualized Education Plan or a 504 plan (both of which are designed to provide accommodations in school), you and I can collaborate with the school to create one. And if they have a physical disability, we can explore ways to widen their support system and improve their means of accessibility.

All my sessions with your child will be held via a video-conferencing platform that is similar to Zoom and FaceTime. The platform is 100-percent secure and compliant with HIPAA-privacy laws. Your young one can access therapy through a laptop, tablet, phone or any device that has a reliable internet connection.

In our sessions together, I want to help your child come up with new coping skills for regulating their emotions and adapting to everyday challenges. On their end, I encourage them to find a quiet, cozy space where they can relax and unwind from the day’s stressors. If they need a sensory toy or a special stuffed animal to help them stay calm, they are more than welcome to use it during therapy. 

While my sessions with your child are confidential, it is required that you are home (or in the same location as your child) during their sessions. You need to be available in case there are any issues or problems during our session. And although I can’t disclose to you what they talk about, I can still touch base with you from time to time, updating you on their progress. I want you to know how your child is doing throughout the week and teach you ways to help them manage their struggles at home. After all, you are with your child more than anyone, so it’s essential that you play an important role in the healing process.

Online counseling is fun, playful and relaxing. My goal is to make our sessions a time that your child can look forward to. After all, they have enough requirements to deal with at school. This is a chance for them to let loose and be themselves. Most importantly, it’s a chance for them to learn skills and strategies that will last for years to come. I want them to succeed socially, academically and in every aspect of their life.

You May Have Some Questions About Online Counseling For Kids….

Can Online Counseling And Play Therapy Really Help My Child?

Absolutely! Online counseling is convenient and easy-to-use for many children, especially since most of them love technology. My approach to virtual counseling is the same as it is for in-person sessions—I want to help kids learn social skills, calming strategies and new ways for adapting to everyday problems. What’s more, the interactive online playroom I use gives them a chance to enjoy themselves during our time together. I want kids to be kids, rather than hide their playfulness as they might in other social situations.

 

Will My Child’s Privacy Be Protected?

Yes, the platform I use is 100-percent HIPAA-compliant, which ensures total confidentiality. As for your child, they can use ear buds or a headset if they’re worried about others overhearing our conversations. It’s also important for them to find a place away from other people. After all, while it’s important for you to be protective of your child, it’s equally vital to respect their privacy. 

 

Is Online Counseling For Kids Covered By Insurance?

Thankfully, in the wake of the pandemic, most insurance plans cover—and even encourage—online treatment. It reduces the risk of health concerns that in-person sessions raise. Before meeting with your child, I will check to make sure that your plan covers the cost of online therapy. If not, I would be happy to direct you to other resources. 

 
 

Let Me Help You Support Your Child

If you wish your young one had someone to talk to about their struggles, I would be honored to be that person. My approach to online therapy is playful, convenient and focused on building new skills. To contact me, you can call 631-289-8765 for a free 20-minute phone consultation or fill out the contact form.