Child Counseling: ADHD,ANXIETY, DEPRESSION,Family Counseling in Phoenix AZ

In 2019 a majority of professionals are so quick to give a child or teen a diagnosis. Many children throughout America have not even reached kindergarten and are diagnosed with a mental health disorder. Early prevention and treatment is essential however not sure the child needs to have a label on him or her.

The DSM the bible for psychology, psychiatry, counseling, and mental health professionals is taught in Graduate schools to give a child or an adult a Diagnosis if criteria are met, however, this requirement is for insurance reimbursement and can have a very negative stigma on your child or teenager. Many children and teens believe there diagnosis means that they have a disability and a dysfunction and carry this label with them daily into adulthood. The DSM at one time was only a few pages long and now it is almost one thousand pages long with almost 300 mental health disorders listed. Many of the DSM writers are paid by the pharmaceutical company’s and many of the diagnosis are associated with a prescription in the medical model.

I have been working in the field of mental health for over 20 years and I avoid labeling children and teenagers and giving them a diagnosis. I look at all aspects of the child and teens life and look at areas that need balance or improvements in for example: stress management, social skills, self esteem, healthy communication, anger management, managing anxiety, managing mood when feeling down, grief and loss, relationship issues, managing emotions and behaviors, organization and motivation, as well as parenting tips.

IF I was required to hand out a diagnosis based on the DSM the child might have : Conduct Disorder, ADHD Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, Intermittent Explosive Disorders, ASD Autism Spectrum Disorder and many others. Many times parents do not want a label placed on their child or teen they just want their child to learn life skills like: compassion, team work. Social skills, interviewing skills, mood management, stress management, organization skills, boundaries, healthy communication skills, self esteem skills, social skills, focusing skills, motivation skills, parenting skills and more.

Many times when I meet new client’s and their families they have a few areas that need to work on: behavioral issues, emotional issues, unhealthy anger, self esteem , healthy communication skills, Setting boundaries, healthy sleep patterns, lack of exercise, lack of balance in their life, poor social skills, poor study habits, and more. 

All of these need to be worked on and one pill will not change your child or teens thoughts and habits. Changing habits and behavior requires effort to make changes however anything worth while in life requires effort be it a relationship or a career one enjoys etc.

Teaching children and teens to express their thoughts and feelings is vital for a healthy relationship.

Helping children and teens look at their thought process and unhealthy thoughts that become their programming for life is very important. Many young children believe they “ are Bad” “ “unloveable” “ failures” and much more. The reality is that none if it is true or supported by any facts or research in fact many times the opposite is true yet it is vital to break the daily negative self talk to create desired change. CBT Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a research based evidence based therapy and it involves looking at thoughts and how they impact feelings and behaviors. I use CBT as well as many other techniques that plant seeds for desired change in your child or teens life.

www.lifeworksaz.comhas been working with children and teens and families for over fifteen years. Some of the areas David Abrams MAPC LPC Advanced Graduate Specialties in child and Family works with in counseling therapy: ADHD Disorders , ADD Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Addiction, Autism Spectrum Disorders Video game addiction, Behavioral Disorders, Depression, Anger management, Social skills, self esteem, grief and loss, Conduct Disorders, Mood Disorders, social skills, self esteem, Parenting tips and more. You can go to his web site and read more about his expertise and testimonials from parents and professionals in the mental health and medical field.

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