Your child might sometimes need help with problems at home or school, advice and information on personal health issues, or they may be having behavioral issues. If you’re worried about your child, Ameeta Chowdhary, MSN, FNP-C, of Little Star Pediatrics in Avondale, Arizona, can help. Ameeta is a highly experienced family nurse practitioner who specializes in children’s health and provides expert counseling services. Call Little Star Pediatrics today to find out how she can help.
Counseling is an invaluable tool that can make a significant difference to your child’s well-being if they have any emotional or mental health problems or are facing challenges in their lives with which they need extra help.
Counseling at Little Star Pediatrics enables your child to open up about anything that’s on their mind in a safe environment. It could be that your child is having problems at school or with personal relationships that they don’t feel comfortable talking to you about.
Counseling is all about talking and communication. That means it can have a variety of uses, including:
If your child is having behavioral problems, it could be because of an underlying emotional issue that needs resolving. Or it could be a sign of a treatable condition like ADHD (attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder).
Children often struggle with healthy eating. This could be because they’ve developed bad habits, or because they use food for comfort. They might have weight problems that cause physical and emotional stress. They might simply be unaware of the importance of proper nutrition and how to enjoy a healthier diet.
Family Nurse Practitioner Ameeta Chowdhary can address all these issues during counseling sessions at Little Star Pediatrics. She can also assess the symptoms of children who have problems that might need specialist psychiatric help, like the eating disorders anorexia and bulimia nervosa.
Mood disorders like depression and anxiety are surprisingly common. Children are going through a period of rapid growth and change, and are under pressure to do well at school. They might have other issues in their lives, such as experiencing a bereavement, seeing their parents separate, or having to move.
These factors can trigger conditions like depression and anxiety, especially in children whose families have a history of mental health problems. Counseling helps identify any issues and is a critical element of successfully treating mood disorders.
Little Star Pediatrics provides screening services for conditions like depression to help you intervene before your child becomes more seriously ill.
Counselors who work with children have specialist skills that enable them to communicate with children and young people. They know how to avoid talking down to your child, which is something that alienates children, but many adults may find it hard not to do.
Your child’s counselor also has extensive knowledge of the way a child and adolescent mind works, which is different from the adult brain. They can empathize with your child and see their point of view, without being judgmental.
If you think your child would benefit from professional counseling, call Little Star Pediatrics today.