Compassionate Counseling for Children: Helping children open up, respectfully express themselves, and control big emotions.
Maybe you have noticed a pattern of behavior in your child that his teacher is also noticing at school? He shuts down, and if pushed too much or for too long, he becomes frustrated and acts out aggressively? Perhaps he yells, throws things, or even storms out of the house?
Talks with mom have not worked.
Talks with dad have not worked either.
You’ve grounded him, taken away privileges, and even threatened to turn off his cell phone or give away his favorite video game.
Still nothing works.
Sometimes children tantrum, fight, or “run away”, because they feel smaller emotions are unacceptable. Big Boys Don’t Cry. Suck it up. Never let them see you sweat. Toughen up. Put your big girl panties on. So how does a 10-year-old boy tell us that he is sad, hurt, afraid, frustrated?
At Metamorphosis, we help children learn to respectfully expressive themselves.
Children feel the stress of the Country, the Community, their Families and even their school. Sometimes they can be sad and afraid, but have limited knowledge of what to do with all those feelings.
As children navigate through life they will continue to face circumstances that warrant emotional reactions. In efforts to prevent themselves from being viewed as “soft” or “weak,” they may camouflage their raw emotions with stereotypical indicators of toughness like aggression or apathy.
At Metamorphosis, we believe that all children need a space to be empowered where they can unlearn the notion that emotional reactions such as crying are unacceptable and must be concealed, and then re-learn how to have feelings but still be strong.
Children need to know that crying is a normal occurrence when tasked with turning life’s lemons into lemonade. In fact, we teach that tears are a powerful source of renewal for the mind, body, and spirit. Tears rid the body of stress hormones and toxins built up during stressful moments. Tears stimulate the brain’s production of “feel good” hormones. And after the tears, children who are able to express their emotions are then able to smile and laugh again.
If you’re looking for this safe space of empowerment for your child, give us a call at Metamorphosis.