The rapid spread of COVID-19 has made a big impact on everyone across the world. The lack of in-person classrooms and social activities has affected countless children. Many of these kids are dealing with loneliness and other mental health issues due to the lack of interaction with their teachers, friends, and peers. Understanding the impact of this social isolation is essential in maintaining your child's mental health throughout the pandemic. In this article, we will provide you with the tools to assist your child through the social isolation and loneliness of the pandemic and help you to answer the question: "Should I seek therapy for my child?"
How You Can Help Your Child Cope with Loneliness
Helping your child cope with loneliness may not be an easy task for some parents, but you can follow a few tips to help your child during this transition. Most importantly, remember that it is completely normal for your child to feel disappointed that they can't participate in their normal activities. When this happens, be sure to listen to and validate their concerns. You may also encourage your child or children to become helpers. Emphasize the important role they're playing in helping to keep their friends and family safe and healthy by staying home. Schedule virtual playdates or socially distanced outdoor playtime so that your child can still socialize from a safe space. It may also help to create a visual schedule with time for eating, playing, exercising, creativity, etc. so that they have solid tasks to look forward to. Having a task to accomplish creates a sense of competency and accomplishment in your child that will help quell some of the loneliness and uncertainty that they may be feeling as a result of the pandemic. If you've implemented your own plan for helping your child cope with loneliness from the pandemic but you feel as though they could use some more assistance, child and adolescent therapy can be a very beneficial option.
Do I Need Therapy for My Child?
Seeking therapy for your child is a great way to help reduce their stress and anxiety in a structured setting. Professional child therapy can also help with a variety of other issues, such as how to handle life transitions, grief, or even excessive use of technology that may be occurring as a result of the pandemic. One of the main goals of child therapy is to help your child reach their potential by giving them appropriate coping skills in order to navigate life's turbulence.
Contact B'well Counseling Services to Learn More About Children Therapy
B'well Counseling Services understands the importance of helping children overcome loneliness and other issues due to COVID-19 causing this social isolation pandemic. We know that every child is unique and may handle loneliness in a variety of ways. Our core philosophy is to help each child overcome these challenges and reconnect to their true selves. Our team members are always happy to answer any of your questions and discuss the many ways therapy for my child is beneficial during these difficult times.
B'well Counseling is pleased to welcome child therapist Nia Jones to our team. Visit our Team page to learn more about Nia and to book an appointment and to learn how we can help your child deal with loneliness during the pandemic.
About B'well | Child Therapy in Towson, MD
B'well Counseling Services is a mental health therapy practice offering a full range of therapeutic services including behavioral therapy in Towson, MD, and the Greater Baltimore area. We believe in helping people rekindle their curiosity and reconnect to their core selves so that they can truly be well. We value wellness and connection over happiness because we understand that being able to experience the full range of human emotions and experiences is what helps us heal and grow. At B'well, we are dedicated to creating a space for anyone who has ever felt unwelcome because of their identity, orientation, or expression.