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Bergen County Child Counselor

Child Counseling in Bergen County

Bergen County Child Counselor

Bergen County Child Counselor

New Jersey Centers for Counseling, also known as Mars & Venus Counseling, knows how sensitive a subject child counseling is. Children are often fearful of therapy and require a special dialogue to help them feel comfortable enough to clearly express their feelings. Our Bergen County child counselor offers individual specialized counseling services that are designed just for children, adolescents and young people. Our variety of expertise allows us to diagnose and treat a wide range of conditions and issues in children.

Teenagers and children can experience a variety of emotions and distress during their developmental stages. This distress can take the form of social anxiety or psychological disorders or problems. Emotional problems may also develop at this stage. They may act out in ways that culminate in behavioral problems, and may exhibit signs of low self-esteem or depression. Trouble in school or problems in class or with grades may also be a sign. Some children may exhibit hyperactivity. It is crucial that adolescents be able to communicate properly with their adult parents and interact in a positive way with the world around them. Teenagers at this stage begin to learn more about the world and begin paying more attention to their peers. Beginning a positive dialogue between the parent and the child is the best way to begin a positive therapy journey. Our Bergen County child counselor is experienced in handling these matters and matters that affect individual children, teenagers and their parents.

Through family therapy, families or individuals within a family learn more effective ways to communicate with one another, learn different style of interacting, and how to resolve conflicts. This type of counseling may include all family members or just those most able to participate. The specific treatment plan will depend on a particular family’s situation. You can use family therapy to address many specific issues such as communication problems, anger management, and conflict resolution. Bergen County child counselor can provide an objective third person to help negotiate difficult issues. Working with a therapist, you’ll examine your family’s ability to solve problems and express thoughts and emotions. You may explore family roles, rules and behavior patterns in order to identify issues that contribute to conflict, as well as ways to work through these issues. Family therapy may help you identify your family’s strengths, such as caring for one another, and weaknesses, such as difficulty confiding in one another.

466 Kinderkamack Road,
Oradell, New Jersey 07649
(201) 467-4173

Children and Fear and Child Counseling in Oradell and Franklin Lakes, NJ

Morrisa Drobnick, LCSW, staff writer and advice columnist of “KIDS Magazine” answers a questions about children and fear.

Q – My son is afraid to go on the school bus. He is six years old and says he’d rather I take him and pick him up. What can I do? – A Working Mom, Hackensack.

A – Fears and phobias are common and within the normal range for a school age child. Focus your attention on helping your child cope with his fears. Ask him what makes him afraid of taking the bus. You may be surprised by his answer. A rattling window or the thought that the driver might not bring him home are both upsetting to a kid. Get him to express himself by role-playing, storytelling, or discussion.

Help him feel his inner strength. Acknowledge that life sometimes is scary. You could say, “Yes, I understand that you are afraid of going on the school bus, but I know you are brave and strong and it will be OK. I know you can do it.” Let him have his fears and learn how to handle them. Brainstorm with him about what he could do to conquer his fear or cope with it. Tell your child how you work at overcoming your fears. Don’t battle with him. Praise his progress. Tell him each day how well he is doing on the bus ride and remind him that tomorrow you know he will do even better.

This is a lesson here: Sometimes in life, we have to settle and compromise when we can’t have our first choice.

The Mars & Venus Counseling Center is here to help.  We are located in Teaneck, Oradell, and Ramsey. NJ.




Children and Halloween in Bergen County

Halloween in Bergen County means fun, candy, and pretending, but three, four, and five year olds do not have a true understanding of fantasy and reality. Children can express fear around this holiday to indicate that they need help with sorting things out. When children express fearfulness, a parent can help best by being sensitive and supportive.

Children’s emotional development can progress and regress at certain points. Kids may handle an emotion, such as fear, with some control one moment, and then the next day may exhibit no control over the same fear. One minute preschoolers may be thrilled with their choice of Halloween costume, and then the next minute they refuse to wear it.

Understand why your child is fearful. Fears might help him control a situation, or withdraw, and not participate. Any new experience can be frightening to a young child, even dressing up to collect candy.

Accept children’s fears. Do not overreact. A strong reaction could cause your child’s fears to increase. Be matter of fact: “Vampires are scary, so it’s ok to be afraid, but these are kids dressed up as vampires. They want to collect candy just like you do.”

The Mars & Venus Counseling Center is here to help.  We are located in Teaneck, Oradell, and Ramsey. NJ.

Contact us when you need us.  We are here for you.