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Child and Adolescent Counseling

Individualized counseling is provided to meet the needs of young people who are experiencing emotional, psychological, family and social distress. 

Our counselors meet individually with the child or adolescent and also with the whole family to get a more complete understanding of the context of the problem.

Parents often ask about confidentiality of the child.  Our counselors are committed to protect confidentiality and also protect the integrity of the family.  If something comes up that needs to be addressed with the parents it is usually done by the child in a family session.

Our counselors are obligated to report suicidal or homicidal plans, and abuse.  While protecting the client/counselor therapeutic relationship, we believe that in certain circumstances it is not helpful to pursue and take advantage of this relationship.  Circumstances such as divorce proceedings and custody evaluations that involve the counselor are not conducive to helping children adjust to such circumstances.  It would be recommended that a separate evaluation be conducted by another entity to determine the best interest of the child.

Lighthouse Christian Counseling offers  Play Therapy for our young children ages 3-12 and beyond.  A special Play Therapy room has been designed in our Centreville office. 

What is Play Therapy?  How does it work? How will Play Therapy benefit a child?
Read the article “Play Therapy Makes a Difference” 

Please contact Julie Hickson, Clinical Director at 410-758-4800 for further information or to schedule an appointment for Play Therapy in any of our offices.

Here are some areas of concern in counseling children and adolescents and their families:

  • School Problems
  • Behavioral Problems
  • Chemical Abuse
  • Adjustment and coping problems
  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • ADHD
  • Learning Disorders
  • Low self-Esteem
  • Depression
  • Suicidal Thoughts
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Eating Disorders
  • Separation/Divorce Adjustments
  • Foster Care and Adoption
  • Unplanned pregnancy
  • Social Skills/Peer relations
  • Conduct Disorder
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  • Mood Disorders
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Parenting
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Families in Crisis
  • Character Building (and bullying)

If your child or family is experiencing difficulties in any of these areas,
there is help available through counseling.

Please contact us for more information about our services.