Children and Teen Counseling

We are committed to helping children, pre-teens, and adolescents gain the emotional, social, and behavioral skills necessary for creating positive and constructive futures through our individual counseling, group therapy, and educational consulting services.

Children Counseling

Children and Teen Counseling

Childhood and adolescence can be periods of significant growth, exploration, and self-discovery. But for many young individuals, they can also be times filled with challenges, stress, and confusion. In many cases, young individuals have plenty of people to talk to but nothing seems to be helping, and they feel an overwhelming need for more support and skill development. Others come to us because their relationships with family or friends are strained, and they are not sure how to make a change. Regardless of what your child or teen is experiencing, we are here to help by developing a mutually respectful relationship.

Children and Teen Counseling

Children and Teen Counseling

 Confident Kids Camp

Confident Kids Camp

Join us at the Banyan Tree for a transformative week dedicated to enhancing social skills across all abilities. Our intensive program is designed to empower children by developing essential social competencies through interactive and engaging activities.

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Child Therapy (3–12)

Child Therapy (3–12)

Child therapy is a powerful tool that can have a lasting impact on a child's emotional well-being and overall development. Many children face mental health concerns and behavioral disorders, and therapy can play a crucial role in providing them with the support and guidance they need to navigate these challenges. Through therapy, children can develop healthy coping mechanisms, improve their emotional regulation, and build resilience.

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Educational Consulting

Educational Consulting

The Banyan Tree's educational consultants offer extensive resources for students and families in all areas of college admission counseling. These resources include a unique level of personal assistance and attention to assist students through the college admission process. We guide individuals and families through the exploration of numerous educational options and design specific college admission plans for each student.

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LEGO Club

LEGO Club

LEGO Club is a group play therapy in which children work together to build LEGO models or creations. Designed for kids with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), LEGO Club provides the perfect environment for children to develop social communication, problem-solving, and conflict resolution skills.

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Teens (13–18)

Teens (13–18)

Being a teenager is not always easy. Adolescents are faced with a variety of daily challenges that can sometimes feel overwhelming, impossible, and isolating. Some of the teens we work with report that they are close to their parents, families, and friends but are struggling with issues and concerns that they don't feel comfortable discussing with others.

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Young Adults (18–25)

Young Adults (18–25)

The Banyan Tree offers a holistic and personalized approach to therapy for young adults. We understand the unique challenges and stress factors that young adults face and provide a safe and nurturing environment for them to explore their emotions and mental health.

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Why choose the Banyan Tree?

At The Banyan Tree Center, we understand that every child is unique, with their own set of challenges and strengths. Our dedicated team of therapists specializes in children's counseling, offering a nurturing and supportive environment where your child can grow and thrive. Whether it's dealing with anxiety, coping with life changes, or navigating social challenges, we tailor our approach to meet your child's individual needs. By choosing Banyan Tree, you're not just selecting a counseling service; you're choosing a partner in your child's emotional and mental well-being. Let us help your child discover their inner strength and resilience, paving the way for a happier, healthier future.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do children attend therapy?

At the Banyan Tree, the duration of therapy for children varies significantly, as it's highly dependent on the child's unique needs and the specific issues being addressed. Some children may benefit from short-term therapy spanning a few weeks or months, while others may require a more extended approach that lasts one year or more. It's important to remember that every child's therapeutic journey is different, and our experienced therapists will work closely with you and your child to determine the best course of action. Regular reviews will be conducted to assess progress and adjust treatment plans as necessary.

How does therapy work for children and teens?

At the Banyan Tree, therapy provides a safe and supportive environment for children and teens to express their thoughts, emotions, and experiences. Our trained therapists use age-appropriate techniques, such as play therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and creative arts to help younger clients communicate their feelings and understand their experiences.

By building a relationship of trust, therapists are able to assist children and teens in exploring and managing their emotions, improving their communication skills, and developing coping strategies for life's challenges. This process of self-understanding and skill-building can lead to increased self-esteem, better relationships, and improved mental well-being. Each therapy plan is individualized to respect the uniqueness of every child and teen, their developmental stage, and their specific challenges. The goal of therapy is not only to address current problems but also to equip children and teens with the skills to navigate future challenges.

Which therapy is best for children?

The best therapy for children often depends on their unique needs and circumstances. At the Banyan Tree, we often use play therapy for younger children, as it allows them to express their feelings and thoughts in a language they know best: play. For older children and teens, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can be particularly effective, as it helps them identify and change negative thought patterns and behaviors. We believe in a personalized approach, so we tailor our therapeutic techniques to best suit each child's individual needs. An initial consultation with our skilled therapists can help determine the most beneficial therapeutic approach for your child's behavior.

What are my rights and responsibilities?

Our purpose is to help you resolve problem areas in your life. Although no one can solve your problems for you, we are trained to help people cope more effectively with their difficulties. We will do our best to understand you as a unique individual and help you work through your difficulties. We will listen, understand, and help you to the fullest extent of our professional training and experience. It is your responsibility to help us understand your life situation, thoughts, and feelings and to have the courage to try to master your problem areas. As a patient, you have the following rights:

  • To ask for and receive information about our qualifications, including licensure, education, training, experience, membership in professional organizations, specific areas of practice, and limits on practice
  • To have written information before therapy about fees, method of payment, insurance coverage, number of sessions that may be needed, on-call therapists used in case of vacations and emergencies, and cancellation policies
  • To refuse to answer any question or give any information you choose not to answer or give
  • To know if your case will be discussed with others (for instance, supervisors or consultants) and what information will be shared
  • To ask about your progress
  • To have any therapy procedure, including pros and cons of its use, explained to you before it is used
  • To end treatment at any time (However, please schedule at least one session with your therapist before terminating treatment.)
Who are your typical clients?

Our typical clients are between the ages of 13 and 65+. They come to improve their lives in many different areas, including personal, school, career, and family. They may have relationship problems, addictions, parenting challenges, difficulties managing stress, depression. or anxiety. They may be learning to cope better with life's difficulties, such as illness, finding meaning in life, transitions, and decision-making. Maybe you've heard of people going to counseling and because of a stigma or belief that it was for people with "real problems," you hesitated to contact a therapist. Counseling teaches truly effective ways to deal with common, everyday irritations as well as more entrenched patterns of living. At the Banyan Tree, we can help you with whatever concern prompted you to look into our services. If we don't work with your particular concern, we will help you find someone who does. So whatever you're facing, please contact us. You will be taking a big first step to living the life you want to live!

Are my sessions confidential?

Counseling is a confidential process. We adhere to strict professional standards of ethics and confidentiality. We are required by practice guidelines and standards of care to keep records of your counseling sessions. However, information can only be released with your permission and written consent unless mandated by law. You should be aware; however, that there are a few exceptions regarding confidentiality. For example, therapists are required to take appropriate action when a client is judged to be in imminent danger of harming oneself or threatens grave bodily harm to another person, and this action supersedes confidentiality. We must also report all incidents of child or elder abuse, whether it has already occurred or is likely to occur. Finally, under certain circumstances, confidentiality may be superseded by a court order. If you have any questions regarding confidentiality, bring them to the attention of your therapist.

How do I contact my counselor?

Due to the nature of their work and the complexity of their schedules, our counselors are often not immediately available by telephone. The Banyan Tree phone number (706-850-7041) is answered Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. by our office manager and intake coordinators. During other times, it is answered by a confidential answering machine, and calls will be returned by our office manager during the times listed above. The answering machine is also monitored once or twice daily during weekends and holidays. Please speak clearly and give numbers slowly, since we may not have any way to look up your number. If you have an urgent need, please make this very clear in your message. However, since we do not carry pagers, there may be a delay in our receiving your call request. If you are unable to reach us and feel that you can't wait for a return call, please contact your family physician or the nearest emergency room or mental health crisis center. If your counselor will be unavailable for an extended time, we will provide you, via our outgoing message, with the name of a colleague to contact, if necessary.

Can a child refuse to talk to a therapist or counselor?

Yes, a child can certainly refuse to talk to a therapist or counselor. Especially in the initial sessions, it's quite common for children to feel shy or uncertain. At the Banyan Tree, we respect a child's feelings and pace, and our skilled therapists are trained to gently engage with children to help them feel comfortable. Building a trusting and supportive relationship takes time and patience, and our team is committed to ensuring that children feel safe and empowered during their counseling journey.

Would my teenager benefit from therapy?

Many teenagers can benefit greatly from therapy. Adolescence is a period of significant change and growth, which can sometimes be challenging. Teen therapy provides a safe, non-judgmental space for your teen to express their feelings, understand their emotions better, and learn effective coping strategies. Counseling can help them navigate issues like academic stress, social anxiety, peer pressure, self-esteem concerns, and family conflicts. At the Banyan Tree, our skilled therapists are well-versed in working with adolescents and can provide the support your teen needs to thrive during these pivotal years.

What are the benefits of therapy for young adults?

Therapy for young adults can provide a safe space for them to explore their emotions, learn coping skills, and develop a better understanding of themselves. It can help improve mental health, build resilience, enhance communication skills, and foster personal growth and self-awareness.

Who can benefit from child and adolescent counseling?

Child and adolescent counseling can benefit young individuals who are experiencing challenges with behavior, emotions, social interactions, or academic performance. It can help those undergoing significant life changes, such as parental divorce, school transitions, or the loss of a loved one. It can also assist children and teens who are dealing with mental health concerns, including anxiety disorders, depression, ADHD, and other emotional or psychological difficulties. Counseling provides support for young individuals dealing with trauma or stress and aids in developing resilience, self-esteem, and coping skills. Any child or teenager striving for a healthier mental and emotional state can benefit greatly from our counseling services.

What happens if I miss an appointment or need to cancel?

Mental health professionals differ in many respects from other healthcare providers. Unlike most physicians, dentists, and other professionals who work on flexible and inexact schedules, we commit a specific time period to each client. Therefore, it is important for you to appreciate the fact that a block of time has been set aside for you only. Our schedules can be crowded. Canceling or rescheduling an appointment without sufficient notice often means the loss of an hour of therapy to someone else that needed the appointment time. Therefore, we ask that you give at least 48 hours notice if you cannot be at the appointment for which you have contracted. If no notice of your cancellation is received, or if less than 24 hours notice is given, YOU WILL BE CHARGED A FEE FOR THE MISSED APPOINTMENT. Of course, rescheduling an appointment can be done at any time if there is an emergency or unexpected illness. Cancellation messages can be left on the voicemail. To prevent any confusion about your appointment time, always keep your appointment card. If a mistake is made, your appointment card is your means of verification.

How does confidentiality work with minors?

Clients under 18 years of age who are not emancipated and their parents should be aware that the law allows parents to examine their child's treatment records unless we believe that doing so would endanger the child or we agree otherwise. Because privacy in counseling is often crucial to successful progress, particularly with teenagers, it is our policy to request an agreement from parents that they consent to give up their access to their child's records. If they agree, during treatment, we will provide them only with general information about the progress of the child's treatment and their attendance at scheduled sessions. Any other communication will require the child's authorization, unless we feel that the child is in danger or is a danger to someone else. In that case, we will notify the parents of our concern. Before giving parents any information, we will discuss the matter with the child, if possible, and do our best to handle any objections they may have.

What should I expect from counseling for my child?

At the Banyan Tree, you can expect a nurturing, safe, and engaging environment where children can express themselves openly. Our expert child therapists employ age-appropriate techniques, including play, art, and talk therapy, to help children communicate their feelings and work through their issues. We focus on building trust and rapport between the family therapist and child to facilitate open conversation and understanding. Our approach is tailored to the child's individual needs, and our therapists work in close collaboration with parents and caregivers to ensure a consistent and supportive approach across the child’s environments.

Counseling sessions can help children manage a variety of issues, such as anxiety, depression, behavioral issues, and life transitions. The goal is to provide the child with healthy coping strategies, improved self-esteem, and better emotional regulation. Parents and caregivers are also provided guidance to support their child's therapeutic journey. Every child's therapy journey is unique, and progress occurs at their own pace. Our therapists are committed to providing a positive and empowering family therapy experience for every child.

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