You’ve noticed that your child is struggling with their anger.

You’ve tried talking and supporting them in different ways, but you’re not sure you’ve gotten to the root of the issue and you know you’re in need of some help.

Your child is smart and kind. They have a way of capturing the greatness in any moment and sharing it with the world. They’re also very giving and have one of the biggest hearts of anyone you’ve ever known. You truly believe they are capable of coming into their own.

Growing up is about finding your own path and identity. For some it’s easy and for others, it’s harder, but all kids go through growing pains and come out the other side.

But when it comes to your child, you’re starting to see they’re frustrated by some simple things. They often have outbursts rather than expressing themselves well and lately, it seems like they’re angry often. All of the sudden your child is talking back, throwing tantrums, or just plain ignoring everything you have to say.

The anger is becoming a more frequent part of their personality.

Kids grow up so fast today, and it’s hard to keep them from seeing or experiencing things that are emotionally heavy. Your child tries to cope with some of this negativity, but it seems like one of their first responses to something hard is to become angry.

You’re not trying to say that everyone else is the reason your child is hurting. All kids need to learn to regulate their responses to strong emotions. But you didn’t expect they’d have a hard time communicating their feelings calmly. Or that it would be easier to become physical rather than use their words. And you certainly never imagined your pleasant child becoming disrespectful.

Right now, your child’s anger is starting to cause problems, and you’re wanting to intervene before it becomes their normal way of life.

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When You Come to Urban Wellness for Help for Your Angry Child

  • Your child will learn that anger is a secondary emotion and often masks something important underneath
  • Your child will get in touch with whatever causes their anger, so they can start to avoid or anticipate the situations that set them off
  • Your child will be able to communicate about the positive and negative aspects of anger and how to use this completely normal emotion appropriately
  • Your child will contribute to a calmer, more stable home by learning to effectively identify and communicate negative emotions
  • Your child will be better able to manage life’s situations and their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors whenever they are angry

At Urban Wellness we believe childhood is a time for your child to safely explore themselves and their boundaries and to find their place in the world.

Who Benefits Most from Child Anger Management?

Child Anger Management at Urban Wellness is best for those who are 8 – 17 and looking to for ways to cope with their anger on a day-to-day basis. Counseling helps your child process their thoughts and feelings in a less irritated way, so they can feel more in control of the things that set them off.

Your child will benefit from Therapy for anger if:

  • They communicate their anger physically rather than verbally
  • They disrespect authority figures
  • Their anger escalates quickly, and they easily go from calm to out of control
  • They constantly have a wall up and won’t allow anyone to get close

There are certain situations where your child might not be ready for Counseling sessions with Urban Wellness. These situations include, but are not limited to:

  • Instances of severe mental illness
  • Ongoing substance abuse

If your child is experiencing a severe mental illness, we recommend you seek outpatient services at a local program like Thresholds. If they are currently experiencing substance abuse or dependence, please see our other specialized service.

What The Counseling Process Looks Like

Anger management for children and teens is meant to help your child build coping skills to be able to handle negative experiences and emotions. Together with a counselor, your child will strive to identify what causes their anger, so they can work toward a more soothing life. They will discover ways to feel more connected to friends and family even when situations make them mad.

Your child and their therapist will meet together weekly for 55-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.

Here’s what to expect:

WEEK ONE: Intake

During this initial session, you and your child will meet with your therapist to define the counseling relationship and discuss the details of informed consent. 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.

WEEK TWO and Beyond: Counseling for Children

Together, in each subsequent session, your child’s counselor will give space for your child to be able to talk about their anger, what it does for them, how it helps them, how it gets in the way. The counselor will use various strategies from DBT techniques, CBT, art therapy, sand tray therapy, homework (for kids AND parents), and games that promote healthy communication and emotional expression.

Therapists at Urban Wellness focus on providing a safe place for your child to process and discuss anger and the consequences of living with a short fuse. During their work together, your child will learn skills to help them understand and communicate how anger plays a role in their daily life and the best strategies to help them overcome it.

TERMINATION: 1-2 Final Sessions

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. You will also outline a plan going forward so that your child is able to retain what they and their counselor have worked on together and implement all they have learned outside of session.

More About Urban Wellness

Urban Wellness Helps the Members of Our Community Thrive

Our practice is designed to meet the needs of everyone in our community by offering a variety of counselors with diverse backgrounds and specialties. Our counselors vary in their expertise, working with clients across the lifespan with a wide range of issues and it is our goal to find the therapist that is the right fit for you and your loved ones. We are constantly growing our specialties through education and supervision so that we can continue to help our clients and provide therapy for the whole family.

We have several therapists who offer counseling to children and teens which is perfect for those aged 8-17. Whether your child’s anger is causing them to misbehave at school or preventing them from connecting with and keeping friends, high levels of frustration can have a dramatic impact on their quality of life. It can leave your child feeling agitated, outraged, and indignant. Overcoming anger can help your child thrive when it comes to meeting academic standards, enjoying their life at home, and creating lasting social relationships.

What Will You Pay for Child Therapy?

Counseling children and teens is a fee for service program and Urban Wellness accepts all major forms of payment.

Initial sessions cost $170 and each follow-up session costs $145. You and your child’s therapist will discuss the recommended number of sessions during your initial contact based on your unique situation.

Urban Wellness accepts insurance and offers in network and out of network benefits. We accept BCBS PPO, Humana, and United Healthcare insurances, at their contracted rates. For your convenience, we will do a benefit check on your behalf and notify you of our in network or out of network benefits. Copays, deductibles or any out of pocket costs are due at the time of service.

Your Next Steps

It is within reason to expect your child to be able to manage their anger. To be able to communicate appropriately how they feel during a situation. They no longer have to feel like screaming and yelling are the only effective ways to make their voice heard. They can express themselves and their displeasure without overreacting and alienating others.

Today, a reasonable, rational child seems like it might be a stretch, but that doesn’t mean every moment has to feel like walking on eggshells.

In the end, it’s about making sure your child can thrive no matter what comes their way. Urban Wellness can help.

Call +1 (773) 774-4444×0, email intake@urbanwellnesscounseling.com, or fill the form out below to schedule counseling for your child today.

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