You’re watching them struggle with their anxiety and you’re ready to find support.
Getting good grades, building friendships, testing limits, and breaking boundaries are all part of a happy, healthy childhood and you’re ready for all of the joys and challenges that raising your child brings.
But you’re starting to notice your child’s light dim in certain situations. They’re afraid to try new things and worry a lot about being good and doing the right thing. They are getting caught up in a cycle of worried behavior. Suddenly, their life went from happy to just trying to get through the day without feeling anxious.
The anxiety seems to be changing their personality.
There is so much pressure on kids today that it is hard to slow down and have a childhood. Your child tries to do their best, but it feels like every time they make an effort they are worried whether or not they will succeed.
Every kid has to face uncertainty and learn to deal with the anxiety and ambiguity that life throws us. But you didn’t expect they’d have difficulty making friends and keeping them. You never thought your child would struggle at school, and you certainly didn’t expect them to feel bad about themselves because they thought they weren’t perfect.
So far, your child’s anxiety has been manageable, but you don’t want it to become something that holds them back from reaching their full potential.
Counseling for children is best for those who are 8 – 17 and looking to for ways to cope with their anxiety on a day-to-day basis. Counseling helps your child process their thoughts and feelings in a less frazzled way, so they can feel more in control of the things that cause them worry.
Your child will benefit from Therapy sessions if:
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:
If your child is experiencing a severe mental illness, we recommend you seek outpatient services at a local program like Thresholds. If you are currently experiencing substance abuse or dependence, please see our other specialized service.
Therapy for children and teens is meant to help your child identify the areas of their life that are impacted by their anxiety. Together with a counselor, your child will strive to regulate their emotions and learn what triggers their anxiety, so they can establish a sense of predictability in their life. They will discover ways to label what causes them to worry and control their responses to it.
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.
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.
Counseling is a fee for service program and Urban Wellness accepts all major forms of payment.
Initial sessions cost $180 and each follow-up session costs $155 and we recommend at least an 8-week commitment.
Urban Wellness accepts insurance and offer 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.
You are capable of getting out of bed and facing the day without panicking. It is possible to accept the unknown about your life and move forward while feeling like you will be ok even if something bad does happen. You will be able to experience new situations without feeling terrified that something will be out of your control.
It’s true your anxiety has made you question your ability to live a full life, but that does not mean
you cannot start to get a handle on the things that shut you down. Urban Wellness can help.
Schedule your first appointment. For follow up appointments (existing clients), please contact your therapist at 773-774-4444.
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.
Regardless of the cause, experiencing anxiety in your life can be debilitating. Maybe you’re feeling reluctance to leave your house or engage in social situations. Or your heart races every time you drive past the scene of an accident. Or you might find yourself continuing to think about what-if situations even when they are very unlikely. We can help–this is a safe place. Urban Wellness’ anxiety focused therapists can provide you with the help and space you need to begin to navigate through anything that causes you to worry.