Proactive Parenting: How do I know if my child needs therapy?

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Trust yourself. Trust your instincts. If you feel that your child is struggling with strong emotions or behavior problems, you are probably right.  Nobody knows your child better than you do.


There are many reasons that parents reach out for professional guidance. Some kids need help dealing with school stress, such as homework, test anxiety, bullying, or peer pressure. Others need help dealing with feelings about family issues, particularly if there’s a major transition or life event, such as death of a family member, divorce, move, or serious illness.  Still other parents reach out because they are worried about serious risky behaviors.



Whatever your concerns, take special notice if your child exhibits any of the following because these behaviors could indicate underlying issues that may need attention.

• Significant changes in mood or behavior

• Changes in friends and/or social isolation

• Inappropriate anger/defiance

• Bullying or being bullied

• Decreased interest in previously enjoyed activities

• Development of or an increase in physical complaints

• Learning or attention problems

• Excessive school refusal/absenteeism

• Drop in grades

• Changes in sleep/eating patterns


Nothing is more difficult and painful than watching your child struggle. As a result, it can be hard for some parents to make the first phone call. Try to get past any fear or anxiety that may get in the way of obtaining support for your child. As your child’s biggest advocate, you are in the best position to get the assistance needed so that you and your child can navigate through difficult times. You do not have to go through it alone.


Compassionate psychological services are available. For more information about counseling for children, teens, and families contact: Dr. Suzette J. Sularski at Advanced Perspectives.



Advanced Perspectives, LLC

Suzette J. Sularski, Psy. D.

NJ Licensed Psychologist #5444

4251 Route 9 North • Building 3 • Suite F • Freehold

(732) 675-2230