Frequently, a parent brings his child to consult a psychologist and, over the course of his therapy aspects related his family functioning may take form. It is therefore essential to work with the family in order to obtain a systemic perception. According to this approach, each family member plays a role, and therapy being that it changes some of the behaviors is likely to change the role and thereby affect the family as a whole. Roles occupied in a family reflect expectations that each family member has towards each other. Family therapy can help to observe more clearly the family dynamic in view of changing certain roles so that family members can continue evolving according to their own life trajectory!
Children who suffer from anxiety and sadness frequently display their distress through their behavior. Performance anxiety or bullying in school is often observed by sleep problems, refusal to go to school, various physical complaints expressed in order to avoid their fear. Therapy permits the child to name his fear and allow it to exist without shame. Once identified, therapy helps the child develop ways of coping with it.
Depression is often encountered in adolescence in response to difficulty in finding solutions. The latter can occur in contextx of identity confusion, the youth seeking to develop himself through the expectations of his parents, his school and so on. The youth at this stage is in the quest of self-discovering himself.
It is common towards the end of highschool that the adolescent has difficulty projecting himself into the future and does not perceive the usefulness of his studies. It is at this moment that efforts to study can diminish and lead to school demotivation .
Bullying is fairly present in schools and is a dysfunctional way for a youth to express himself with another. Both the youth who is bullied and the one who is bullying suffer, but in different ways. More often than not, however, it is the adolescent who gets bullied who consults. It is important to help the adolescent so that he can denounce the situation, develop his resources in order to defend himself and regain his perception of mastery and control of the situation.
Are you a parent who tends to repeat frequently? Do you ever feel inadequate? Do you feel you have to become angry for your child to listen to you?
This may indicate that you are a parent in progressive loss of authority.
The opposition in the child is manifested by an uncooperative child, who is easily angry and seeks to do the opposite of what is asked of him. He is the master of arguments, tries to deviate from established rules and blames the other for his behavior.
Is your child demotivated regarding his schoolwork? Is he concerned about family problems? Is he experiencing difficulties in school, emotional difficulties or problems concentrating? Sometimes the child is demotivated also because he or she does not plan well for his / her work rendering the study time being tedeous.