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Is your kid being bullied? Will child therapy help?

Bullying is so prevalent in society compared to generations past. According to the National Bullying Prevention Center, one in every five children report being bullied. Bullies tend to target individuals who appear more vulnerable than they do.

What is bullying?

Bullying is the repeated unwanted aggressive behavior among school-aged children. Bullying can be in three forms. Verbal bullying is teasing, name-calling, or saying mean things. Social bullying involves leaving someone out or telling others not to play or talk to them. Physical bullying is hurting a person’s body. Bullying can affect children’s school performance and physical and mental health.

Unfortunately, children are reluctant to share with their parents if treated differently. You may notice changes in your child’s behavior or emotions, and you may reason that they are having a bad day or week, or it is part of their development. If your child is being bullied, you want to address it immediately. Bullying can have long-lasting effects. Knowing the signs of bullying is the first step to address it. Implementing a solution is the next step to reduce any deep-rooted impacts of bullying.

Signs of bullying

Signs of bullying can show physically, emotionally and behaviorally. Some physical symptoms include unexplained bruises, headaches and stomachaches, damaged clothing or belongings and coming home from school hungry. Emotional distress can look like anxiety about school, depression or sadness after school. Their behavior may change. They may appear withdrawn or more aggressive. Seeing these changes in your children may be very upsetting for you. You may worry about what to do to ease the pain. It is imperative not to panic but to let their school know what you have noticed and keep the lines of communication open. Ensuring your child gets the best emotional support is key to addressing bullying. Therapy for children is a proven solution to address bullying.

How does child therapy help bullying?

Child therapy is a safe and supportive space for children to express their feelings and what is going on in their lives to a trusted mental health professional. Therapy for children helps them to cope and thrive. Therapy helps children become more confident, communicate their emotions, open up and express themselves better, manage stressful events, develop problem-solving skills, connect with their parents better, and increase empathy and tolerance.

Children can struggle to say what is bothering them. Activity-based methods, such as art and play therapy, encourage creativity and spontaneity to help your child feel more comfortable expressing their emotions.

Some parents are worried about the stigma attached to therapy, that their children are weak, or something is wrong with them. They may worry about finding the right therapist. It is important to remember that child therapy addresses children’s concerns, and they learn life skills which help them develop into responsible adults. In addition, you must find a caring, compassionate and empathetic therapist.

Child therapy for bullying in Indiana

At Free Clear Mind, we create a safe and fun environment for your child to explore and talk about their big emotions. Our therapists are sensitive counselors who understand sensitive people. With over 25 years of experience, we warmly invite you into a comfortable space where you can let go of the burdens you are holding and speak freely about your challenges, hopes and dreams.

Every child and situation is unique, and we will work with you to discover the therapy choice that is most comfortable for you and your child. If your child has struggled with bullying, we can help give them new tools to feel better.

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