Emotional Regulation and Mood Management
in Davie & Wellington
Does your school-age child throw tantrums? Does your teen struggle with impulsive or inappropriate behavior?
Are seemingly small situations/disappointments quickly getting thrown out of proportion? Are you unsure of how to help your child respond appropriately?
Some children and teens need help with emotional self-regulation. They need guidance in how to control their emotions and resist impulsive behaviors. As a parent, we understand this can be incredibly difficult to navigate. Your first instinct might be to punish or yell at your child for acting the way they are. You might feel stumped, stuck, or discouraged about what to do.
That is where we come in. At Caring Therapists we help children learn the skills to properly regulate and manage emotions. Your child’s emotional outbursts don’t have to be a constant part of yours and their life. You both can find peace and be healthier and happier. We offer a solution.
Self-Regulation Is Learned Through Practice
Emotions can be tricky for everyone but especially for a kid. That is why often children will express how they feel with outbursts of tears, tantrums, or aggressive behavior. They need a little guidance to help them process what they are feeling and release those negative emotions appropriately. And, while sometimes parental guidance is enough, other times they could benefit from someone who is not associated with their personal life guiding them.
Self-regulation is the ability to manage emotions at an appropriate level for the demands of the situation. This means being able to resist a highly emotional reaction to something upsetting, being able to calm yourself down when upset, and the ability to adjust to changes and handle frustrations. For example, if you promised your child a playdate and that playdate gets canceled an appropriate response would be a moment of disappointment; an inappropriate response would be throwing objects or a similarly-intense emotional outburst.
Learning how to cope and adapt is a brain-based skill that children develop over time with practice. A child’s ability to self-regulate can be influenced by their temperament and personality, but also their environment. It is particularly common in children who struggle with Attention-Deficient Hyperactivity Disorder and learning disabilities.
At Caring Therapists, we work with caregivers and children to develop healthy responses to situations. We offer a safe space for kids to learn and practice healthy coping mechanisms so they can respond to these situations calmly and appropriately.
Emotional Regulation Therapy Teaches Children To Think Before Reacting
Your child will learn to slow down their thinking processes when something evoking an emotional response takes place. They will learn how to choose an effective response rather than being impulsive. This type of therapy involves talking to the child and caregiver about what is triggering the response, why the response is inappropriate, and what other ways the situation could have been handled.
At Caring Therapists, we coach the caregivers and child on what to do in these intense situations, how to process and respond. It is not about avoiding uncomfortable situations but rather thinking through them differently. The more your child practices these skills the more innate they will become.
Deciding to seek therapy for your child can be confusing and scary. We understand that as a parent you feel like you should have all the tools your child needs to feel their best. We know the choice is hard but we promise to do our best to assist your child so they can build skills that will benefit them throughout their life.
We understand you might have some questions. Here are a few common ones and their answers:
Will I be involved in my child’s therapy?
Treatment for emotional regulation works best when a parent, family member, or caretaker is involved in the treatment process. We are giving your child the tools to process emotions but sometimes they need a little guidance and encouragement —which is why it is crucial that you are on board.
How much does treatment cost?
We offer a competitive private-pay rate and accept most major insurances, both in and out-of-network. We can provide you with a superbill to help get your services full or partially covered. Our office managers are dedicated to helping your child get the treatment they need. They are happy to check your insurance benefits prior to your first visit.
How long until my child starts to feel better?
Every child is unique. That’s why we work with your child to develop a personalized plan that fits their needs. It can take an average of 20 sessions to resolve problems, sometimes more and sometimes less depending on the child and how they respond to treatment. The therapist will take the time to get to know your child.
Caring Therapists of Broward & Palm Beach offers superb emotional regulation and mood management treatment
We are proud to have highly rated reviews on Google and Facebook. We are committed to providing you with 5 star treatment based on evidenced based practices.
You Can Get Help For Emotional Regulation and Mood Management
We service all of Davie, Fort Lauderdale, Wellington, Royal Palm Beach & Palm Beach Gardens, including Wellington, Royal Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, West Palm Beach, Loxahatchee, Boynton Beach, Westlake, and Lake Worth.