Emotional Health Matters in the Early Years
All parents want what is best for their babies and young children. Yet concerns about your child’s emotional health can arise even during their early years. Sometimes these concerns can impact their learning, their relationships, and even their overall health.
Difficulties such as anxiety, depression, hyperactivity, acting out, attachment relationship problems, and other serious behavioral and emotional disturbances can appear even in infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.
Our skilled therapists can help you and your family with early identification of symptoms and just as importantly, what can be done now to help your child be well, form relationships that work, and even develop the resilience to be more prepared to cope with future life challenges.
With you and your child, your therapist will observe, listen thoughtfully, and ask gentle questions to find the ways that will best support your family. We may suggest evidence-based practices such as Parent Child Interaction Therapy, which is shown to improve the quality of parent-child relationships and daily interactions. Parents learn specific skills for a more nurturing relationship with their young child, while improving the child’s positive behaviors and decreasing negative behaviors. Other therapists may work with your young child using experiential approaches such as play or art therapy, or to help you and your child learn skills that they can use to express themselves in a more healthy way.
If your child is experiencing symptoms, simply walk into our Bremerton campus at 5455 Almira Drive NE or call 360-405-4010 for more information about how to access our services. Walk-in hours are between 8 am – 4pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and 9:30 am – 4 pm on Thursday. To enroll your child in services, your child must be present for the visit. If you or your family member has concerning symptoms of illness such as a fever, cough, or shortness of breath please do not come in until well. If you or your child’s need is urgent, please call the VOA Crisis Line at 1-888-910-0416.
One in ten young people experience a period of major depression.