transformations counseling group lcsw pllc CHILD & FAMILY INSTITUTE COUNSELING THERAPY

Child & Family Institute Counseling Therapy

Parenting can be rewarding, joyous and exciting. It can also be scary, trying and frustrating. This is especially true when your child is struggling and you’re not sure what to do. It brings up all kinds of questions and insecurities.

Sometimes we can’t do it alone and we need help and guidance. 

You may have heard the saying “children don’t come with instruction manuals”. Truth be told, if a manual did exist, it probably wouldn’t be much help as every child is different.  So, what do you do when you have tried everything you know, but it’s just not working? 

This is when TCG Child & Teen Institute can help.

TCG Child & Family Institute counseling therapy was started because often times, entire families need support while trying to communicate, learn, and create boundaries.

“It takes a village to raise a child.”

Because we focus on children and families, our therapists stay up to date with the most current research and information. They not only use their own knowledge and experience but also consult with each other, using a team approach to get the best possible options for each family’s individual situation.

Questions & Insecurities

  • Why are they behaving like this?
  • What should I do to make them stop/start doing something?
  • Do they need medication?
  • Am I a bad parent/are we bad parents?
  • How can I help my child?
  • What should I be doing at home?
  • Will they always be like this? (sad, angry, defiant, etc.)
  • What do I say to them when we are at home?
  • Won’t this just pass?
  • Do other parents get this frustrated?  
  • How do I manage my emotions?
  • What do I do if they are hurting themselves?
Treatment Process

 Our TCG Child & Teen Institute team is dedicated to providing your child(ren) and family with the best care possible. Our experienced professional therapists care and are dedicated to helping you and your child get through the difficult times you are experiencing. 

TCG Child & Family Institute is an intensive program. It is our belief that a family is a system and as in any system, any part affects the whole.  This means all parts of the family need to be healthy for all members to thrive. 

Upon acceptance to the program, all family members will be expected to participate based on the recommendations of the attending therapist. We will additionally coordinate with any other professionals involved in your child’s care. Be it his/her school, doctor, mentor and/or other professional. The better the coordination the better chances of success. 

Transformations Counseling Child & Family Therapist work with:

We help kids/families through tough times:

  • Family Problems
      • Co-parenting
      • Blending new families
      • Divorce
      • Effects of substance abuse
      • Tantrums
  • School Problems
      • Bullying
      • Truancy
  • Social Problems
      • Social/Emotional Health
      • Screen Time Stress
      • Social Media Stress
  • Trauma
      • Mind/body connection

We help kids/families with feelings:

  • Depression
  • Sadness
  • Anger and frustration
  • Stress/Worry
  • Low self-esteem
  • Grief
  • Anxiety

We help address conditions such as:

  • ADHD
  • Depression
  • OCD/Anxiety
  • Panic Attacks
  • Eating Disorders
  • Self Injury
  • Disruptive Behaviors
  • Defiance
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Trauma-Related Disorders

Need Advice … Please Contact Us

We are more than happy to give advice on which counseling services are most suitable for your needs, depending on your problems. Why not ask us to review your problems and discuss for solution. Our advice is free!


Can you help my child?

At Transformations Counseling Group Child & Family Institute counseling therapy we believe you are doing the best you can. Often time what we know isn’t enough. We understand you’re scared, maybe even feeling shame. There is NO shame in reaching out for help.

We can help! We will partner with you in is a SAFE, non-judgement place where you and your child / family can learn new skills and techniques to help you help your child & family. You will learn important skills like:

      • Speaking in a tone that is compassionate and non-judgmental – fair-minded
      • Parent the child who is in front of you
      • “Be the parent your child needs you to be not the parent you think your child needs”
      • Understanding changes in behavior is an indicator of distress and not a personal affront to you
      • Children and teens can have problems that affect how they feel, act, or learn.

Child counseling therapy can:

Help them through tough times like:

      • family problems
      • school problems
      • bullying
      • health problems

With feelings like:

      • sadness
      • anger
      • stress and worry
      • low self-esteem
      • grief

And with conditions like:

      • ADHD
      • depression
      • OCD and anxiety
      • eating disorders
      • self-injury
  • disruptive behavior disorders
  • trauma-related disorders

How Does Therapy Work?

Kids learn by doing. In session with younger kids, the whole family is involved, drawing, playing, and talking. Therapists praise and support kids as they learn. They help kids believe in themselves and find their inner strengths. Therapy helps build positive thinking patterns and choice healthy behavioral choices.

A therapist can meet with the child and parent or the child alone depending on the child’s age and based on what the therapist feels is best. The therapist will most likely meet with the parent(s) to give tips, ideas for how to help their child at home and make recommendations.


What Happens in Therapy?

The therapist will meet with you and your child to talk. Through asking questions and listening, the therapist will learn more about your child and the problem. The therapist will tell you how they can help and begin to form a treatment plan.

After those first sessions, your child will continue to go to more therapy visits. During these visits, your child may:

  • Talk. Talking is a healthy way to express feelings. When kids put feelings into words instead of actions, they can perform their best. When someone listens and knows how they feel, kids are more ready to learn.
  • Do activities. Therapists use activities to teach about feelings and coping skills. They may have kids draw or play as a way to learn. They may teach mindfulness and calm breathing as a way to lower stress.
  • Practice new skills. Therapists help kids practice what they learn. They might play games where kids need to wait their turn, use self-control, be patient, follow directions, listen, share, try again, or deal with losing.
  • Solve problems. When working with older kids and teens, therapists ask how problems affect them at home and/or at school. They talk over how to solve these problems.

How Can Parents Help?

There are things you can do as a parent to help your child get the most from therapy:

  • Find a therapist you and your child feel comfortable with. Your child’s health care team can help you find someone.
  • Take your child to all the appointments. Change takes time and consistency. It takes many therapy visits for your child to learn new skills and keep them up.
  • Meet with your child’s therapist. Ask what to do when your child shows problems at home. Ask how to help your child do well.
  • Spend time with your child. Play, cook, read, or laugh together. Do this every day, even if it’s only for a few minutes.

Parent with patience and warmth. Use kind words, even when you need to correct your child. Show love. Give praise when your child is doing well or trying hard.