At Leadem Counseling & Consulting Services, P.C., we believe that the emotional demands placed on our children in the socially challenging and academically competitive school environments can result in behavioral problems and generate obstacles to developing important life skills. We believe that all behavior has a meaningful explanation and that all too often a child’s challenging behavior is trivialized by dismissing it as a demonstration of rebellion, attention-seeking, or an opposition to authority. These are not explanations for the behaviors but labels that we have come to accept as way of identifying the alleged “cause” of the behavior.
We have discovered after working with many challenging children that a child’s problematic behavior is as much a problem for them as it is for you and that they find it to be as much a mystery as you do. So, stop asking WHY and stop punishing in the name of discipline because your child is also a victim of their behavior.
We believe all problematic behavior serves a function that is often rooted in the child’s stressful relationship with peers, siblings, teachers, and parents. We will help you and your child identify HOW© (Honesty, Openness, Willingness) the unwanted behaviors have taken hold and help you develop strategies for replacing the needs that are not being met.
We are committed to understanding the multifaceted function of the behaviors that you are attempting to intervene on. Most of us would prefer to identify a simple cause/effect relationship that would explain why our children are struggling academically or socially. When educators look for “simple explanations” many will end up engaging in useless “bashing” in an effort to blame someone for the “problem.”
We believe that we must all work together to build a plan that fully examines the nature of each of these relationships. Our Children Counseling Services will promote teamwork to find interventions that will help your child change from the inside out rather than relying on token rewards that they will not find later in life.
We believe that each participant of the child’s life must examine the role they play, for we are either a part of the solution or a part of the problem.
Our Children Counselors are committed to supporting students, parents, and educators in their efforts to reduce the negative impact of the unavoidable stressors our children face in our schools and communities. Let us know how we can help.
Child Counseling Services are available at our office or in your home provided that you assume the cost associated with travel time.