Is your child acting? Las Vegas agency provides free counseling services to families in need
LAS VEGAS (KTNV) – Navigating through adolescence is difficult enough without a pandemic, and some children and teens have struggled to deal with their emotions properly during this difficult time. Experts say it can lead to behavioral problems in the home.
David Robeck, President and CEO of Bridge counseling services, says his counselors have seen a wide range of behavioral issues resulting from last year’s isolation.
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“We see the anxiety caused by the new changes in education but also by this isolation,” he said. “We are seeing depression in children, but we are also seeing changes in their normal behavior.”
One change Robeck says parents should be on the lookout for is frenzy.
“Eating too much, playing too many video games, if there’s such a way to handle it; but binge on a Netflix show or something,” Robeck said.
Robeck says it’s not difficult to identify these types of problems in children. Parents just need to be careful.
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“Listen to what they say,” he advised. “What are they really saying? Observe their behavior, what they do, what they eat. How they react. Are they regressing or becoming too aggressive? ”
Bridge Counseling Services is Nevada’s oldest behavioral health facility. The organization provides mental health and addiction treatment to people of all ages.
While Robeck says his counselors can help your child if he exhibits any of these behaviors, parents need to play an important role in their child’s recovery.
One way that parents can help is to stabilize their child’s life.
“Make sure their nutrition is the same. Just because we have changes in our lives, it doesn’t mean that bedtime shouldn’t be the same or that getting up shouldn’t be the same,” he said. said Robeck.
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If your child needs professional help, Bridge Counseling can provide services at a variable pay scale based on the family’s financial needs. In some cases, the services will be free.
“If they can’t afford this treatment as part of their insurance plan or if the co-payment is too high or whatever, we will work with all clients. We are not denying service to anyone.” , said Robeck.
Learn more about bridgecounseling.org or by calling 702-474-6450.
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