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  • Kait Towner, LMHC, RPT, CCPT, IMH-E

10 Signs Your Young Child May Need Therapy

All children have their “moments” or periods of time when they are more upset than normal, having more trouble with peers, or when their grades are suffering. However, how do you know when your child is having more than a “moment” and may need professional help? This post will identify 10 signs that your child may benefit from working with a mental health professional.


  • Having recently experienced a difficult event, such as a divorce, loss of a loved one, or traumatic event

  • Temper tantrums that happen almost every day for longer than an hour

  • Difficulties in multiple environments, including home, school, and peer relationships

  • Changes in sleeping or eating habits, including wetting the bed, nightmares, and hoarding food

  • Aggressive behaviors towards others that can lead to physical harm

  • Expressing a desire to hurt themselves or others

  • Excessive worries

  • Difficulty sitting still or concentrating

  • If your family has a history of mental health disorders

  • Feeling anxious, sad, or irritable for a long period of time to the point of interfering with daily living

The good news is that therapy can help with all of these difficulties! Think your child may benefit from working with a therapist? Contact me at (585) 206-1506 or kaittownerlmhc@gmail.com for a FREE phone consultation!